Work hand in hand with government

KUCHING: Sarawakians have been told to do their part and give their full cooperation, to overcome the Covid-19 situation in the state that has worsened over the past two weeks.

State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) chairman Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas said the public needed to work together with the state government to combat the pandemic.

“(The state government) is trying its very best. Now, what it takes is for the people themselves to contribute to ensure that this war can be won.

“I’m confident that in the spirit of ‘agi idup, agi ngelaban’ we can succeed in flattening the curve within the next few weeks.”

He was speaking to reporters during SDMC’s Covid-19 daily update press conference on Monday (Jan 18).

Uggah reminded everyone that Sarawak was once a model state in curbing the spread of Covid-19 but in just 10 days from Jan 8 until 18, the number of cases had increased drastically — with the highest increase in positive cases recorded in a day at 180 on Jan 14.

He pointed out that the public seemed to have lost sight of the dangers of the virus as many had taken part in gatherings during Christmas and New Year celebrations in addition to various ceremonies.

“If we manage to successfully flatten the Covid-19 curve back then, there is no reason we cannot do it (now).

“Therefore, I appeal to everyone, please take precautions. As I mentioned earlier, our success in the past was due to the cooperation and sacrifice from everyone in terms of economic activity, social life and how we mix with each other. We have all been able to adapt to the new norms.”

He added that it was not too late for Sarawak to return to its previous state.

“God gave us the time to fight the disease, God gave us the time to make sure all the zones return back to green status. Once again, I emphasise, we must cooperate.”