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By Karen Bong
KUCHING, June 9: Inter-district travel throughout Sarawak and inter-state travel across Malaysia will be allowed effective tomorrow (June 10) as Sarawak enters Recovery Movement Control Order (RMCO).
State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) chairman Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas said that all citizens entering Sarawak from Peninsular Malaysia, Sabah and Labuan will no longer need to apply for permission from police and SDMC or be required to undergo Covid-19 test three days before entering the state.
“This means movement across districts and states will be free from tomorrow (June 10) onwards.
“However, travellers entering through various entry points including land, air and sea are required to download the MySejahtera app and are required to fill in the e-Health declaration either on physical forms or online,” he told a daily press conference on Covid-19 today.
Upon arrival at the entry points, he informed that random sampling for PCR tests will be taken from travellers or visitors.
“In addition, all citizens are also advised to download the Covid Trace Sarawak and Qmunity apps to facilitate contact tracing when necessary,” he said.
In line with the announcement by the Ministry of Transportation (MOT), Uggah disclosed that social distancing rules in aircraft will be fully exempted for all scheduled and unscheduled flights including general aviation, private jet operation and helicopter.
“This is in response to complaints that if social distancing rules are applied for aircraft, it could only cater to 66 per cent of capacity which would increase the price of flight tickets.
“The MOT thus decided to exempt the social distancing rule to allow 100 per cent capacity or full flight capacity,” he explained.
As for Sarawakians returning from overseas, he said they will undergo compulsory 14-day quarantines at hotels and their samples will be taken for Covid-19 test on the 10th day.
This procedure, he continued, will also apply to all Malaysians entering Sarawak with travel history to overseas in the past month.
“All foreigners entering Sarawak with a working permit and visa including MM2H (Malaysia My Second Home) participants are also required to undergo 14-days quarantine which cost will be borne by themselves,” he said.
Meanwhile, all person-under-surveillance (PUS) undergoing quarantine at hotels until today (June 9) must complete the quarantine procedure.
“There are 2,060 PUS still at 38 hotels throughout Sarawak,” he added. —DayakDaily