Inter-zone movement still not allowed in Sarawak unless with police permit

Police conducting checks on cars at a roadblock in this file photo.

By Karen Bong

KUCHING, March 3: Inter-zone movement in Sarawak is still prohibited unless with permission from police during the Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) which has been extended throughout the State until March 15. 

State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) chairman Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas emphasised that this order is effective from March 2 until 15. 

“As such movement between zones in Sarawak will require police permit. 

“There is a lot of confusion (on this matter) today so we would like to clarify that the restrictions on movement declared for CMCO are still in place,” he told a conference to update Covid-19 situation in Sarawak today. 

This clarification came after the Federal government allowed travel across districts in the states in Peninsula Malaysia except for Sabah effective from March 5 to 18. 

However, Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob informed yesterday (March 2) that interstate travel is still prohibited at the moment. 

Meanwhile, the police arrested a supervisor of a premises in Bintulu for carrying out activities prohibited during CMCO which violated the Entertainment Ordinance as well as  standard operating procedure (SOP) in the past 24 hours. 

Uggah, who is also Deputy Chief Minister,  revealed that a total of nine visitors were also compounded. 

“Police also issued 52 compounds for various SOP violations in Miri (20), Kuching (18), Bintulu (9), Padawan and Sibu (2 each) and Samarahan (1),” he added. — DayakDaily