Covid-19: Rep urges federal government to establish hotlines for Sarawakians stranded during MCO

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SIBU, Mar 19: The federal government is urged to immediately set up hotlines to help those having problems during the two-week long movement control order.

Sibu MP Oscar Ling said today that a hotline would be helpful for those with problems related to travelling ban issues, or individuals having problems getting food during this restriction period.

Ling said the movement control order may have entered its second day but there are still lots of confusion among the public.

“Apart from which sectors of business can continue to operate, the more severe and imminent problem is the regulations on interstate travelling. There seems to have different regulations imposed by different states,” he said.

As an example, he said there were still many Sarawakians stranded in Kuala Lumpur or other places in Peninsular Malaysia waiting to come back, while many flights had also been cancelled today due to the uncertainty in interstate travelling restrictions.

He is worried that these people may not all have the financial ability to stay in KL for another two weeks as staying in hotels could become quite costly. —DayakDaily