Construction sector allowed to conduct urgent works during MCO

Uggah speaking at a press conference on Covid-19 today (April 14, 2020).

By Karen Bong

KUCHING, April 14: Construction contractors are only allowed to carry out urgent works such as maintenance and cleaning of sites which pose potential health and safety hazards and risks to the people twice a week with limited manpower during the third phase of the Movement Control Order (MCO) in Sarawak.

State Disaster Management Committee chairman Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas pointed out that only immediate works which were important and needed to be done such as road maintenance were allowed during the current MCO.

“This include clearing of sites which are potential Aedes mosquito breeding grounds if there is stagnant water. But works can only be carried out twice a week with minimum manpower,” he told a daily press conference on Covid-19 here today.

He added that repair works involving basic amenities such as water and electricity supply were allowed while only businesses and shops offering services and repairs (not sales) for electronics and computers were allowed to open on Wednesday and Friday from 7am to 7pm.

The rest of the sectors allowed to operate but in accordance with strict guidelines under the first and second phases of MCO were maintained.

The sectors include banking and finance, manufacturing and small and medium enterprises (SMEs), agriculture, hardware as well as mechanic services, spare parts replacement and auto workshops.

On the cancellation of flights from Peninsular Malaysia to Sarawak from April 15 to 30, Uggah explained that the state Transportation Ministry had discussed with its federal counterpart about resuming flight operations.

“As such, the schedule as per agreed for one flight a week are for Kuala Lumpur-Kuching-Kuala Lumpur and Kuala Lumpur-Miri-Kuala Lumpur routes, while MasWings will fly the Miri-Bintulu, Kuching-Sibu and Sibu-Bintulu sectors,” he said.

As for cargo services, Uggah revealed that for all cargo containing important goods including food and medicine to Sarawak during the MCO period, the cargo flights have been scheduled three times a week for the Kuala Lumpur-Kuching route. — DayakDaily