Only businesses in green zones should be allowed full operation — SUPP Youth chief

Michael Tiang

KUCHING, April 1: Sarawak United Peoples’ Party (SUPP) Youth chief Michael Tiang believed that operations of businesses across the state should only be allowed in the Covid-19 “green zone” classified districts.

The federal government’s decision to allow businesses to operate starting next Monday (May 4) was timely, after the country’s economy has come to a halt for almost seven weeks due to the implementation of the movement control order (MCO), he said in a statement.

“As far as Sarawak is concerned, I would suggest only districts currently classified as green zones to allow business sectors to be in full operation starting next week.

“As for red and yellow zones, Sarawak may consider implementing conditional MCO only after May 12, so as to buy more time for the authority to take necessary measures to ensure both the red and yellow zones are safe and fit for full business operations,” he continued.

Tiang reminded all business sectors to take note of the conditional standard operating procedure (SOP) in place before they opt for reopening next week.

He opined that it was definitely not “business as usual” when business sectors are to start operating next week, where all businesses are to accept and ensure safety and cleanliness as a top priority in their operations as the “new norm”.

“Various preventive and safety measures are required to be implemented in all business places and offices like social distancing, employees to be provided with face masks, hand sanitiser, as well as limiting the number of customers in the business areas.

“In fact, both businesses and their customers should continue to impose expectations for safety and cleanliness in business operations.

“Nevertheless, we all should be reminded that in the absence of a vaccine, we can never be complacent that we have overcome this Covid-19 pandemic. Lastly, if you can work from home, stay at home and work from home,” he said. — DayakDaily