KUCHING: The threat by a small section of Bintulu residents to vote out Progressive Democratic Party (PDP) president Datuk Seri Tiong King Sing over his stern handling of Covid-19 in the area has not affected him one bit.
“For months, many people have threatened me, saying I will lose the next election. If the people think that I have abused my power, they can report it to the relevant authorities. My conscience is clear. What we are doing is for the health and safety of everyone,” he said in a statement yesterday.
Tiong said with the right policies in effect, Bintulu has been able to reduce the number of cases from triple to double digits, adding that achieving zero cases is possible.
“This cannot be achieved by our security forces and medical personnel by themselves. It takes everyone to work together to achieve zero cases. Otherwise, all our efforts will be in vain,” he said.
The MP said Bintulu’s unique situation warrants different SOPs as the one-size-fits-all solution cannot be applied.
“The local outbreak will be controlled more effectively only by implementing mass screening for different pandemic red zones.
“This is to find all infected persons, even the asymptomatic ones, and place them in isolation and treatment promptly,” he said.
At the same time, Tiong said residents affected by the lockdown order will be assisted by the Bintulu Welfare Department through the distribution of non-perishable essentials to each family for two weeks.
“Shops in those areas will also be open to meet the needs. For families that need extra or extraordinary supplies such as infant milk formula and diapers, the Welfare Department will make the proper arrangements.
“Of course, if residents in these locked-down areas have medical needs, such as Covid-19 vaccinations and dialysis treatments, they will be granted access with the relevant documents or MySejahtera,” he said.