Police: Do not rush for work-related travel permit to provide essential service

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SIBU, Jan 27: Companies operating essential services have been told to take their time to apply for the police permit on work-related travel and not involve in a chaotic rush for the paper.

Sibu District Police Chief ACP Stanley Jonathan Ringgit had to issue this advice following two days of police stations being packed with people that physical distancing was not possible.

Speaking at a press conference today, ACP Stanley said there is still ample time for companies to apply for the permit.

“People do not need to panic because this permit can still be applied during the PKP period. I was informed that there are companies who even sent all employees to join in the queue to apply for the permits, “he said.

He said only representatives of companies under essential services need to come to the police station to apply for the permit.

ACP Stanley said the representative needs to bring the company’s trade license and a list of employee names as an attachment for the application.

“They need to be physically present at the police stations and interviewed before the application is scrutinized for approval,” he explained

“We want only company representatives present and bring business licenses and a list of their employees for the permit application and approval process,” he said.

Stanley said they had approved 3,523 permits and rejected 21 applications in the past two days on Jan 25 and 26.

“A total of 2,770 permits were approved yesterday (Jan 26) and 723 on Jan 25,” he said, adding that permit applications are still being carried out after today during the PKP period.

Police permit applications can be made at four police stations in Sibu, namely the Central Police Station, Lanang Police Station, Sungai Merah Police Station and Sibu Jaya Police Station.

Separately, Stanley said, 100 per cent self-service laundromats are not allowed to operate during this PKP period.

“Self-service laundry shops that provide employees for operations and provide PPE facilities such as MySejahtera scans, sanitation fluids and temperature readings are allowed to operate,” he explained.

Meanwhile, telco shops are allowed to operate for top-up sales only.

Stanley also responded to the allegation on social media recently which said that only one person was allowed in a vehicle.

“This is not true, because currently two people are still allowed for a vehicle according to standard operating procedures (SOP),” he said. – DayakDaily