Decision on allowing businesses to fully operate, childcare centres to reopen to be known soon

Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas

By Karen Bong

KUCHING, April 20: The State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) will announce the state government’s decision on whether companies will be allowed to ramp up operations from half to full capacity and the reopening of childcare centres within the next few days.

SDMC chairman Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas emphasised that Sarawak has the mandate to make decisions to fit the state’s situation when implementing changes to Movement Control Order (MCO) guidelines.

“Sarawak is guided by the standard operating procedure (SOP) from Putrajaya on the MCO and it is mandatory for us to follow the changes to the ruling.

“However, we will look at the situation in Sarawak before making the most appropriate decisions that suit the state,” he told a daily press conference to give updates on the Covid-19 situation in the state today.

Uggah pointed out that considerations must be made towards the various effects on society and community while ensuring efforts by the state to overcome Covid-19 will not go to waste.

He was referring to the latest changes to the SOP announced by the Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI) which now allows approved economic sectors to ramp up their operations to full capacity, which Sarawak has not followed yet.

“In the coming days, we will announce our strategy, which will also cover the issue on whether to allow childcare centres to reopen,” Uggah added.

Meanwhile, Sarawak has also followed suit in allowing two immediate family members to travel out in one car to buy food, daily essentials as well as seek healthcare and medical services starting today. — DayakDaily