The folks in Sarawak had welcomed the announcement of our state entering Phase 2 of the National Recovery Plan (NRP) which starts on 14 July and certainly we can expect the reopening of more economy sectors, as long as they remain fully compliant with the Covid-19 standard operating procedures (SOP).
I have mentioned this to our media friends during my recent working visit to Miri and I have also reiterated the importance of strict adherence to the SOP in flattening the Covid-19 curve. We have acknowledged the people's concern when the operations of many economic sectors have been forced to close temporarily to curb the spread of Covid-19.
Syukur alhamdullilah, under Phase 2 of the NRP many sectors would gradually reopen including the construction sites but we continue to call upon the people to remain vigilant throughout this pandemic period.
I was in Miri for day trip to grace the "Ziarah Belia" program at Kampung Bakam in Lambir which is a good youth engagement and roadshow program that focuses on closer engagement with the young generation at grassroots level.
The main purpose of organising the program by Ministry of Youth and Sports is essentially getting in touch and reach our to the youths in every district across Sarawak even though the planned activities were unable to be carried out due to the prevailing Covid-19 situation.
But we take our hats off to our local youths in Sarawak who are still actively involved in various community works and their involvement during this time of the pandemic is much welcomed especially when they can come forward to become our frontliners.
Kudos to MYSS who had collaborated with our Sarawak United National Youth Organization (SABERKAS) in giving away ‘Covid-19 Support Packs’ to those in Bekenu, Piasau, Pujut, Senadin, Marudi and Telang Usan branches, 11 of its units in Lambir, as well as two local youth clubs and six local badminton clubs.
The presentation of the support packs include mini thermometers, a box of face masks, a box of latex gloves and a box of hand sanitisers in which the distribution was conducted via "drive-thru", where the representatives of each receiving body picked up the items as they drove past the Kampung Bakam community hall.
Big thanks to those who had accompanied me during the distribution ceremony which include YB Ripin Lamat, the Ahli Dewan Undangan Negeri (ADUN) for N62 Lambir, YB Dennis Ngau, the ADUN for N77 Telang Usan, YB Safiee Ahmad, the ADUN for N43 Daro and YB Lukanisman Awang Sauni, the Member of Parliament for N218 Sibuti.
Also present were our acting Permanent Secretary for Ministry of Youth and Sports Sarawak, Puan Nancy Haji Jolhi and Dr Ong Kong Swee, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Sarawak Sports Corporation (SSC).