Decreasing figures of new cases in Sarawak are genuine, says deputy chief

BARAM (THE STAR) – The downward trend of new Covid-19 cases in Sarawak has not been manipulated as alleged by certain parties, said state Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas.

He said certain individuals made claims on social media that the figures were made up by Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) government to substantiate the move to proceed with the much-anticipated 12th Sarawak state election.

“The figures are reported daily by the Ministry of Health (MOH). The state government has no hand in this. Some netizens are accusing the government of manipulation in justifying its decision for the 12th state election to be held soon,” he said.

He said this when launching the Agriculture Community Outreach Programme (AgriCOP) at Kampung Long Bemang community hall here, which was also attended by Baram MP Anyie Ngau and former GPS Telang Usan representative Dennis Ngau.

“The state government is right in calling for the (state) election now. We have feared the emergence of future new variants besides the monsoon season that is expected from January to February next year, if we waited until next year,” he said.

Sarawak had recorded 239 cases on Tuesday, 192 on Wednesday, 171 on Thursday, 144 on Friday and 137 yesterday.

Uggah attributed the downward trend to the successful implementation of the state vaccination programme, where 90.5 per cent of adults had completed their vaccination, representing 75.5 per cent of its total population.

In addition, he said 634,684 people had received booster doses to date.

Despite this success, Uggah said everyone in Sarawak should continue to comply with the standard operating procedures (SOPs) to curtail the spread of Covid-19 in the state, in particular, during the state election.

“We must protect ourselves in order to protect our loved ones and all Sarawakians,” he added.

The Election Commission (EC) has fixed December 6 as Nomination Day for Sarawak’s 12th state election, with early voting to take place on December 14 and polling day on December 18.