Covid-19: MPs from both sides doing their part in Sabah


  • Nation
  • Monday, 23 Mar 2020

KOTA KINABALU: Leaders from both sides of the political divide in Sabah have come forward to help those affected by the movement control order (MCO) and to flatten the curve of Covid-19 infections.

These include Sepanggar MP Datuk Azis Jamman and some other Umno leaders.

On Sunday (March 22), his team had contributed food and other daily essentials to over 4,000 hostel students around the area.

“I will be donating my salary as MP throughout this MCO, as during this restricted movement period, I am not able to do my part to serve the people in Sepanggar, ” Azis said.

He added that contributions would also be made to doctors, nurses and security forces that are on duty.

Azis said before they proceed with their plans, they will first inform the police and get their advice.

“Once we have their approval, we make sure masks and gloves are used, ” he said, adding that he also minimises the number of volunteers and personnel to fewer than 10.

Usukan assemblyman Datuk Japlin Akim had also made some contributions including rice to Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia Sabah division chiefs in Kuala Abai, Kota Belud.

“We hope this small contribution can ease their burdens a little, ” he said.

He said taking into account the enormity of Covid-19, they too take precautionary steps such as wearing face masks.

A few days ago, Sabah Umno members also contributed essentials to some university students.

These leaders and most of their entourage observed the “no-contact” practice and did not shake hands with the crowd.

Sabah Health and People’s Wellbeing Minister Datuk Frankie Poon has been advising the public to take extra hygiene and precautionary measures throughout this pandemic.

State Health Department director Datuk Dr Christina Rundi has also reminded the public to constantly observe the dos and don’ts to help curb the spread of the virus.

Sabah has seen a total of 158 positive Covid-19 cases as of Sunday (March 22).

The three districts in Sabah with the highest Covid-19 cases are Tawau at 40 (and one death), Lahad Datu (33) and Kota Kinabalu (22).

In Kota Kinabalu, all public mini bus and van services have stopped until further notice.

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