KUCHING: Sarawak, by itself, cannot decide whether the 20th edition of Sukma this year would be postponed in light of the current Covid-19 situation, or would proceed as planned.
However, Youth and Sports Minister of Sarawak Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah personally hopes that Sukma 2020 would carry on as usual.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) declared Covid-19 as a pandemic on Wednesday.
Yesterday, the State Disaster Management Committee (JPBN) confirmed that three Sarawakians tested positive for the virus.
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“I cannot decide from here (as far as Sukma 2020 is concerned) – they’re under the federal Ministry of Youth and Sports.
“But I do hope that the Games could proceed because it is in July,” Abdul Karim said during a press conference held at his office in Bangunan Baitulmakmur in Petra Jaya yesterday.
With him during the session were Assistant Minister of Youth and Sports Datuk Snowdan Lawan, the ministry’s permanent secretary Hii Chang Kee and Sarawak State Sports Council director Dr Ong Kong Swee.
Johor is set to host the 20th Sukma, scheduled to run from July 11 to 19 this year.
On the issuance of an advisory by the Indonesian government, stating that Sarawakians who had travelled to any foreign country would need to undergo a 30-day quarantine, Abdul Karim said Sarawakians who had to go to Indonesia would have no choice but to adhere to such requirement.
“We have to respect the specific regulations and requirements set by the country.
“We cannot tell them it’s not the way,” he added.
Abdul Karim acknowledged that the three Sarawakians who tested positive for Covid-19 were among those who attended a religious event held at a mosque in Selangor recently.
“If you attended the event, do not run away – please come forward.
“Go to the nearest hospital to get tested, undergo quarantine and seek treatment.
“If you ran away, you might die should it (infection) get serious,” stressed the minister.
Source: Borneo Post