S’wak govt allocates RM60 mln to JBPN to curb COVID-19 infection

KUCHING: The Sarawak government has allocated about RM60 million to finance the operating costs of the State Disaster Management Committee (JPBN) to curb the spread of COVID-19 infection.

Its Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas said that the operational assistance includes the acquisition of additional personal protective equipment (PPE) sets, PCR testing, food for the frontliners, food assistance for affected communities and hotel accommodation to house persons under surveillance (PUS) or persons under investigation (PUI) in Sarawak.

Uggah, who is also JPBN chairman, said that the allocation was also to finance border security posts, allocation to the Health Department and the purchase of face masks, distributed free to all Sarawakians.

On the Community Policing programme launched by Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg today, Uggah said that it was in line with the principles of we take care of our own – our families, neighbours, community and Sarawak.

He explained that the Community Policing programme would empower community leaders to curb the spread of COVID-19 in their respective districts, as well as to serve as eyes and ears for enforcement agencies in dealing with social and criminal problems.

“This strategy is also suitable to deal with other types of disasters that have nothing to do with COVID-19, including infectious diseases such as dengue, malaria, rabies, drug abuse and security matters, especially those related to border and coastal controls, natural disasters such as floods, fires, landslides and others,” he said.