Masing: Urgent infrastructure works allowed amid MCO

Tan Sri Dr James Masing

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By Peter Sibon

KUCHING, March 23: All works on infrastructure projects under Sarawak Infrastructure and Port Development Ministry have ceased except for crucial tasks with immediate needs.

Its minister Tan Sri Dr James Masing said urgent and immediate works such as road maintenance to cover pot holes will have to continue despite the 14-day Movement Control Order (MCO).

“Certain urgent works have to be carried out but we have to strictly follow the guidelines by the Ministry of Health for the workers,” he told reporters at Wisma Bapa Malaysia here today.

When asked on the four male Sarawakians who went to Makassar, Indonesia, for the cancelled tabligh gathering, Masin, who is also deputy chief minister, said the authorities still have no lead as to their whereabouts.

“We are monitoring our border,” he added.

On Saturday, Masing had said the authorities could not stop them from leaving the country, as they left on March 16, two days before the MCO was imposed.

He said the individuals can come back but hey must be scrutinised and quarantined for 14 days.

The religious gathering in Makassar have been called off by the Indonesian authorities due to the Covid-19 outbreak. — DayakDaily