Time to plan for economic recovery

Yap (front, right) monitoring the repair works by Kuching Water Board workers at the site of the burst pipe.

KUCHING: The Sarawak government must start developing plans to restart economic growth now that Sarawak has achieved high rate of Covid-19 vaccination.

Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP) Kota Sentosa branch said the government should not only liaise with but consult all stakeholders concerned.

“With the high rate of Covid-19 vaccination, the time is appropriate for the state government to come out with plans on how to restart Sarawak’s economic engine and to help communities get back on the road to recovery while minimising the risk of Covid-19 transmission,” said its chairman Wilfred Yap today (Sept 10).

He expressed the hope that during the eventual transition from ‘pandemic’ to ‘endemic’, the government would strike the right balance between preventing not only the severe health consequences inflicted by Covid-19 but also that which came from a severe contraction of economic activities.

Yap said this could be done by managing the situation through ensuring reasonable and adequate healthcare facilities and also continuing to take a serious approach to strict standard operating procedure (SOP) compliance and enforcement.

He said the state government should put continuous risk management at the core of its return to normalcy initiatives and objectives.

He said the government should share and publish its findings to all stakeholders and also provide proof that they were effectively monitoring and resolving the discovered risk to ensure public confidence.

On another matter, he shared that during a recent visit to Kota Sentosa area, residents had complained about a burst main water pipe near the intersection of Jalan Liu Shan Bang and Jalan Bau.

“The complaint was immediately communicated to Kuching Water Board and the burst main water pipe has been repaired,” said Yap, who is also SUPP Public Complaints Bureau (PCB) chief.

SUPP PCB can be reached at 016-7797688 or 082-246999, or visit the SUPP Head Office to request assistance.