KOTA KINABALU: Sabah should have the right to decide on its own Covid-19 management instead of depending solely on the federal government, says Parti Warisan Sabah deputy president Datuk Darell Leiking.
He said Sarawak had its own State Disaster Management Committee to handle Covid-19 related matters and was empowered to manage the vaccination process for Sarawakians in the service, hotel, construction, manufacturing and plantation sectors.
Sabah must empathise with and prioritise issues faced by Sabahans, specifically workers due to 'one size fits all' policies.
"With the vaccination process now taking place in the country, we can say that we are now entering the post Covid-19 period where the economy is slowly opening up with people going back to work," Leiking said.
He claimed that several important sectors in Sabah were not operating efficiently due to SOPs decided by the federal government.
Citing an example, Leiking said Sabahan offshore workers currently have to be quarantined for 10 days before going offshore and another 10 days when returning and tested each time.
He said this was unnecessary and noted that Sabahans could now travel to Kuala Lumpur without being quarantined.
"The Sabah State Government should be proactive by engaging in continuous discussions with industry players here and to come out with our own methodology in managing the state during this post Covid-19 period," he said.
Leiking suggested for the Sabah Covid-19 Command Centre to be revived, as this would reduce financial and economic dependencies on the federal government.
"This will in turn, place our state in a stronger position when it comes to asserting our inherent rights and privileges under MA63," he added.