‘Think of Covid first, not whether you can do business,’ SMC chief tells Sibu companies
Tarikh : 22 Apr 2021  Sumber Berita: The Borneo Post (Jane Moh)

Ting (top left) in the Facebook live chat.Ting (top left) in the Facebook live chat.

SIBU (April 22): Sibu Municipal Council (SMC) chairman Clarence Ting has urged the business community here to put the fight against Covid-19 first, not when they can reopen for business amid the surge in the number of infections.

In a Facebook live chat, he said the people in Sibu, especially businesses, should work together to flatten the Covid-19 curve first or else businesses would suffer even more if the situation worsened.

Ting said he understood that it was not fair that businesses could not operate as they were not in the Sibu Division Disaster Management Committee (SDDMC) essential service list throughout the Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) with enhanced standard operating procedures (SOPs) starting today until April 26.

However, he said the drastic step had to be taken to bring down the cases as Sibu was already fighting the outbreak for three and a half months.

“When SDDMC put this sort of restriction, to try to reduce the movement, everybody in their mind is still thinking ‘how can I get it (businesses) open?.’ That means you are not thinking of Covid first.

“You are thinking ‘I want to open, so I can do business’. If this continues, you will have no business to do. I, as a chairman of SMC, do not like to say this,” he said, adding that he received many requests from business operators that their business should be opened.

Ting also said that as a businessman himself, he also felt it was unfair that his travel agency was not allowed to operate but action has to be taken to drive down the cases.

He said if Sibu cannot reduce the number of cases, two things would happen: businesses will suffer even more, and hospitals will be overcrowded with patients.

Thus, he appealed to everyone to work together throughout this CMCO with enhanced SOP and reduce the movement in town.

“Sibu people are always so strong, we always say we are the best, but what is happening here, why Sibu cannot do it this time?” Ting asked.

He said if the Covid-19 situation in Sibu worsened, there was a possibility that the CMCO with enhanced SOP woul