Don’t view China nationals in Sarawak negatively, says MP

Lukanisman speaks to reporters when met at Lee’s open house gathering.

MIRI: China nationals in Sarawak should not be seen in a negative light following the Wuhan coronavirus outbreak, says Sibuti MP Lukanisman Awang Sauni.

He said any negative perception would only create unease among Chinese citizens who are in the state either as tourists or students, or for business, work or personal matters.

“I believe that the government is now taking precautionary steps to monitor tourist arrivals in Sarawak. Let the government handle this matter because there is a standard operating procedure in handling such outbreaks,” he said.

Lukanisman, who was met at the Chinese New Year open house of Transport Minister Datuk Lee Kim Shin here yesterday, which Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg also attended, reminded the people not to spread fake news or unverified information on social media regarding the outbreak.

He also urged pharmacies not to take advantage of the situation by increasing the price of face masks.

“I’ve been informed most of the face mask stock in the market has already sold out. Hopefully the state government will be able to get a supply of face masks from outside for the people in the state.”

The MP suggested that the private sector help by distributing face masks to the public, particularly students.

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