Bistros may operate but live bands, karaoke not allowed

Uggah (centre) flanked by Minister for Local Government and Housing Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian (left) and Assistant Minister in the Chief Minister’s Department Abdullah Saidol during a press conference here today. Photo Credit: Sarawak Public Communication Unit (UKAS).

By Adrian Lim

KUCHING, May 21: Bistros in Sarawak are allowed now to resume business following a decision by SDMC earlier today.

However, State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) chairman Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas said they are only allowed to serve food and beverages and activities such as live bands and karaoke remain prohibited during the Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) period.

“If the operator opens his outlet and at the same time hosts a live band and karaoke, that will be in breach of the rules (of the CMCO).

“But, if the bistro is open just for selling food, we allow it,” Uggah who is also Deputy Chief Minister said during a press conference here today.

On May 18, Uggah had announced music cafes, night clubs and bistro were not allowed to operate during the CMCO.

He added stern action will be taken against operators who did not comply with the standard operation procedures (SOPs) as set out by the committee.

On another note, Uggah who is Agriculture, Native Land and Regional Development Minister revealed that SDMC has received 29,924 notifications from various businesses and economic sectors in Sarawak to resume operations as of today following the decision by SDMC to implement the CMCO on May 12.

Uggah noted that out of the 29,924 notifications received, 21,824 were online notifications while the balance of 8,100 notifications were received by e-mail.

He disclosed that local council enforcement officers were on the ground today to check on 2,057 locations throughout Sarawak.

Their tasks include monitoring activities at various supermarkets, restaurants, factories, banks, government offices, construction sites, houses of worship and so forth to ensure that they comply with the SOPs outlined by SDMC. — DayakDaily