Civil servants, essential services now don’t need permits for inter-district travel

Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas

By Karen Bong

KUCHING, May 13: Civil servants and essential services sectors do not have to apply for permits from the police to move between districts during the Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) period effective today (May 13).

State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) chairman Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas said that those involved only need to show their department pass or authorisation letter from employers to commute between work and home.

“For example, those who stay in between two districts like Kuching-Samarahan or Kuching-Serian or Kuching-Bau and others, they don’t have to go to the police station (to apply for permission) but just show their authorisation pass and letter.

“Those not mentioned are still required to get police approval to move between districts,” he told a Covid-19 press conference here today.

For Sarawakians returning to the state from Peninsular Malaysia, Sabah and Labuan, Uggah disclosed that they are required to undergo quarantine at home.

“As for Miri division, especially in the interior areas like Bario, Mulu and Long Lama, where there are no Covid-19 screening services in clinics, they are required to be quarantined in quarantine centres and have their samples taken.

“If the results are negative, they can then return home,” he explained.

Meanwhile, he revealed that SDMC has received 23,364 notifications submitted online from businesses resuming operations on May 12.

A total of 781 CMCO compliance monitoring teams headed by the police and involving enforcement agencies such as the Armed Forces, Civil Defence Force, People’s Volunteer Corps (Rela), local councils, Ministry of International Trade and Industry (Miti), Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA), Public Works Department, Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB), Department of Occupational Safety and Health (Dosh) and others are monitoring operations on the ground.

“Up until today, 2,745 locations have been inspected including departmental stores, restaurants, factories, banks, government offices, worship places, construction sites, recreational areas, markets, as well as terminals for land, air and river (transport),” he said.

The Armed Forces, he added, have arrested 27 illegal immigrants attempting to leave Sarawak and seized smuggled goods worth RM169,154 in Tebedu. — DayakDaily