Take lessons from Sabah, Malaya

Dr Sim Kui Hian

KUCHING: Sarawak must learn from the mistakes of Malaya and Sabah in handling the Covid-19 situation, said Local Government and Housing Minister Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian.

He said it was crucial  lives of Sarawakians were spared and that economic hardships were temporary.

“For Sarawak, let’s don’t repeat the mistakes of Sabah and Malaya. As long as you are alive, we can live to enjoy the economic prosperity of Sarawak after Covid-19,” he said in a Facebook post on Tuesday.  

He was commenting on the nation’s record high death toll on Tuesday when 21 casualties were recorded as well as the record high daily admittance to intensive care units (ICUs).

Dr Sim said among the challenges in implementing policies for handling Covid-19 was striking a balance between economy and fully containing the local outbreak.

“If the policy and standard operating procedures (SOPs) are too strict, the economy and the livelihood of the people will suffer while the number of Covid-19 cases and deaths will drop.

“If the policy and  SOPs are relaxed, the number of cases and deaths will be exponential and medical resources will suffer,” he said.

Dr Sim said for Sarawak, the challenge was greater as it did not have as much medical resources as Malaya.

“Sabah is in a similar situation as it lacks medical resources as well. I have no doubt that it is one of the main reasons why deaths in Sabah alone contributed to about 40 percent of the country’s total,” he said.