COVID: Set Aside Differences, Join Hands To Defeat Pandemic: MP Labuan

LABUAN: Set aside differences, and join hands to fight against the worrying COVID-19 pandemic in the duty-free-island here, said Labuan Member of Parliament Datuk Rozman Isli.

He said the relevant government bodies especially those in policy-making and grant-making should collaborate and share common goals of resolving the drastic rise of positive cases here.

“Those of us with seats at policymaking or grant-making tables have a responsibility to speak up and amplify the work of others.

“With the imminent shrinking of resources, there is a greater urgency for relevant government agencies and citizenry to work as collaborators with shared goals and innovative approaches,” he said in a virtual press conference here today.

He said the pandemic has demanded mobilisation on a larger scale with cooperation from all – the local authority and healthcare personnel.

“COVID-19 is spreading rapidly around the island, affecting all the economic sectors, people in all the island’s five subzones and its transmission capacity, speed and scope are beyond our imagination, posing a severe threat to the lives and health of people.

“Therefore, I’m calling the relevant government agencies of local authority of Labuan Corporation and healthcare personnel to join hands in fighting the COVID-19 spreads,” Rozman said.

He was commenting on the Bernama’s report yesterday on the nearly 200 COVID-19 red zone lamp post banners in the town centre have been ordered to be taken down with immediate effect, despite the island’s status as COVID-19 red zone is undergoing Enhanced Movement Control Order (EMCO).

“I have read the news article and immediately seek explanation from the Labuan Corporation and Labuan Health Department and the answers given are contradicting.

“It is a disappointment to see the situation as Labuan Natural Disaster Management Committee is spearheaded by Labuan Corporation and lead by Health Department…Labuan is facing drastic rise in new cases, we need the these agencies to collaborate…we must fight the pandemic  through solidarity and cooperation.

“Virus respects no borders…the only right choice is to uphold the vision of building a community with a shared future for mankind, strengthen confidence, act with unity, and work in collective response to win the battle against this severe infectious disease,”Rozman said.