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By Adrian Lim
KUCHING, Aug 2: Sarawak, Labuan and Perlis are among the three states moving into Phase 3 of the National Recovery Plan (NRP) on August 4.
Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said this on his Facebook posting today.
Muhyiddin explained that the decision for the three states to move into Phase Three of NRP was made at a special National Security Council (MKN) meeting which he chaired after they exhibited very good results.
“Congratulations and well done… (but) I would like to remind that standard operating procedures (SOPs) and regulations must continue to be adhered to and all efforts to improve the (Covid-19) pandemic situation in the respective states must continue.
“I hope with the cooperation of all parties nationwide, more states will be able to move into the next phase… we must be optimistic and move forward so that Malaysia’s recovery (plan) can be carried out systematically and safely,” he said.
Meanwhile, Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) advisor Dato Sri Dr Sim Kui Hian, in a Facebook posting, said SDMC will have a meeting soon to modify its schedules and to tighten the SOPs given the contagious Delta variant besides taking into consideration the issue of new Covid-19 emerging in order for Sarawakians to be safe when embarking into Phase Three of NRP.
As Sarawak is enroute to Phase Three of NRP in the near future, some of the activities allowed are social gatherings such as the organising of wedding, engagement, tahlil and food reception.
For couples looking to tie the knot, it may be a good time to revisit their plans although the capacity of guests is limited to 50 per cent of the premises capacity or a maximum of 200 people.
For sports enthusiasts, individual and team sporting events for training and tournament purposes will be allowed subject to guidelines from the Youth and Sports Ministry.
In Phase Three, all private sectors are allowed to operate with full capacity.
In spite of that, some businesses for instance nightclubs or pubs, karaoke centres and cinemas are still banned under Phase Three of NRP.
Travelling inter-state is still not allowed but inter-district travel is subject to the rules set by SDMC. — DayakDaily