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Emergency Proclamation for nation a shock, says Sebastian Ting

Sarawak United Peoples’ Party Central Secretary-General Datuk Sebastian Ting, like most Malaysians, expressed shock and surprise that our Yang di-Pertuan Agong today had invoked Article 150(1) of our Federal Constitution and proclaimed the State of Emergency for the country to tackle the Covid 19 pandemic until August 1 or an earlier date if Covid 19 cases were reduced, stabilised and under control.

SUPP was taken aback with the Emergency Proclamation because we thought and felt that the measures taken by the Federal Government to tackle Covid-19 challenges had adequately covered or provided for by our Prime Minister, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin in his nation wide address yesterday.

Indeed, not many Malaysians had expected this Proclamation by our Agong at this present moment.

Most people were of the opinion that Prime Minister’s policies of MCO, CMCO and RMCO for respective six states would be sufficient to deal with the spread of the epidemic as those steps were used last year 2020 throughout the months from March to October 2020..

With the Emergency Proclamation, there are two most significant consequences, namely there will be no parliamentary or State assembly sittings or meetings and secondly there will not be any election, Federal, State or by election to be held during the period. The Prime Minister had clearly stated these in his annoucement.

However, there is some comfort with the assurances given by the Prime Minister that there would not be any curfew or military rule and that people’s lives will be normal.

As for Sarawak, SUPP is very confidence in our Sarawak Chief Minister, Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari, and our Sarawak Disaster Management Committee, led by Deputy Chief Minister YB Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah and his Team members, to tackle the spread of covid 19 in Sarawak, Ting said all steps have been taken to ensure that the 4th wave of the epidemic will be kept in check to flatten the curve as soon as possible.

He hopes that all Sarawakians will remain vigilant, united and work closely with the Sarawak government and the Sarawak Disaster Management committee to observe the necessary Standard Operating procedures and adapt to the new norm. Only through the co-operation from all sectors, are we able to ensure that the epidemic can be kept in control.

SUPP hopes that once the epidemic is under better control nationwide, the Emergency will be lifted and things will go back to normal.

With the imposition of RMCO in three zones, Kuching, Miri and Sibu, Ting is confident that inter-district movement will be limited. In addition, those coming into Sarawak have to undergo mandatory quarantine for 14 days in hotels and quarantine centres. These measures will certainly help to curb and flatten the Covid 19 pandemic curve.

Please adhere to strict compliance of SOP. Wear face masks, practise social distancing and sanitising and constant washing of our hands.

Let us all play our part, take good care of ourselves and our loved ones and Stay Safe.

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