Open karaoke disallow to operate from Aug 15

A snapshot showing the decision by SDMC to disallow the opening of open karaoke in Sarawak effective August 15 to curb the Covid-19 transmission.

By Adrian Lim

KUCHING, Aug 6: The state government has banned the operation of open karaoke centres in Sarawak.

State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) in a statement said only entertainment centres such as karaoke with rooms are allowed to operate.

The committee said the directive to disallow the reopening of open karaoke centres is effective August 15.

“The Ministry of Local Government and Housing has presented the standard operating procedures (SOP) for the opening of entertainment outlets such as karaoke with rooms which are allowed to operate.


“Nonetheless, open karaoke centres are not allowed to operate. The order is effective August 15,” it said in a statement.

At the same time, the committee said it has made several decisions today.

SDMC said Malaysians from Peninsular Malaysia, Sabah and Labuan who wish to enter Sarawak do not have to apply and fill up the EnterSarawak form.

Nonetheless, the committee said they are still required to fill up the electronic health declaration form.

As for foreigners and Malaysians who arrived into Sarawak on transit, SDMC said they are still required to fill up both the EnterSarawak and the electronic health declaration form.

It added that Malaysian citizens from Peninsular Malaysia, Sabah and Labuan will be quarantined at the hotel and subsequently required to undergo the Covid-19 swab test if their final destination is in the interior or rural areas of Sarawak.

The committee said their sample will be taken on the second day of quarantine and if their results were negative, they will be released for home quarantine.

It added that for Malaysian citizens from Peninsular Malaysia, Sabah and Labuan coming to Sarawak, whereby their final destination are Kuching, Samarahan, Serian, Betong, Sarikei, Bintulu, Miri, Limbang and Lawas, they will be attached with wristband upon arrival and allowed to return home to undergo quarantine.

The committee said their sample for Covid-19 swab test will be taken on the second day upon their arrival and if their results are negative, they need not have to resume their quarantine. —DayakDaily