Room-based karaoke in shopping malls allow to reopen tomorrow onwards

Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas

By Karen Bong

KUCHING, Dec 22: Karaoke-goers can sing their hearts out as room-based karaokes in shopping malls are allowed to reopen from tomorrow night (Dec 23) onwards.

State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) chairman Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas however pointed out that the permission does not include KTVs, night clubs, pubs, and bistros which are still not allowed to resume businesses.

“The Local Government and Housing Ministry has fine-tuned the standard operating procedure (SOP) for the reopening of the room-based karaokes which is effective from tomorrow night,” he told a Covid-19 press conference today.

On Christmas celebration, Uggah reminded that Sarawakians are allowed to hold celebrations on the first day only and must adhere to the SOP which has already been issued.


“Those who intend to go to church must follow the SOP and visiting is limited to close families with 20 people at any one time,” he said.

Uggah, who is also Deputy Chief Minister urged for collaborations from all Sarawakians during the upcoming festive holiday season including Christmas, New Year and Chinese New Year to strictly observe the SOP to prevent the spike of cases in Sarawak.

“Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah has expressed appreciation on Sarawak’s efforts and ability in reducing the number of cases and cutting the chain of Covid-19.

“SDMC, all frontliners and the State Health Department can achieve this because of the people’s collaboration, because people understand that a little bit of sacrifice is needed now and then for brighter days ahead for all.

“We urged all during the celebration to remain vigilant so that we can celebrate Chinese New Year and later on Hari Raya and Hari Gawai in a more happy and cheerful mood,” he called on.

Uggah reiterated that cutting the chain of infections cannot be achieved unless everyone in Sarawak cooperate and play their part by taking care of each other and Sarawak.

“SDMC wishes all Sarawakians a Merry Christmas,” he extended the season greetings to all celebrating the holidays. — DayakDaily