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By Brad Rantayy
MIRI, April 5: Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg is still able to communicate with two of his deputy chief ministers and four other cabinet ministers currently undergoing 14-day self-quarantine to ensure that the state administration is running smoothly during this time, thanks to video conferencing.
“We will continue to be in touch; in fact, I’ve just communicated with Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas via video conferencing. We just [communicating] over video chat…. it should be not a problem,” he said.
Abang Johari said this when met today at Miri Airport after handing over food rations for Bario, Baram and Telang Usan constituents who are affected by the movement control order (MCO) in force since March 18 following the Covid-19 outbreak in the country.
The handing over ceremony took place at the Fire and Rescue Department (Bomba) Air Unit base adjacent to the Miri Airport.
Also present were Minister of Transport Datuk Lee Kim Shin, Assistant Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture Datuk Sebastian Ting, Baram MP Anyie Ngau, Sibuti MP Lukanisman Awang Sauni, and Telang Usan assemblyman Dennis Ngau.
Today, a total of six tonnes of food rations will be despatched to Bario by air using a Malaysian Air Force helicopter.
The helicopter will be piloted by Lieutenant Colonel Achiral Rataphan A/L Ban Tean with his co-pilot captain Mohd Firdaus Anual.
“Today, we have kicked off our mission to deploy food rations to the rural and remote areas within Miri,” said Abang Johari.
He added, for Miri there are a total 13 locations identified for food ration distribution.
However, he added, the process (of distribution) would be subject to weather condition.
“The deployment might take about three to eight days, subjevt to weather conditions,” he said. — DayakDaily