Sarawak border security committee closes border posts as Covid-19 surges nationwide

Tan Sri James Masing

KUCHING, Oct 1: The state’s border security committee has tightened border controls along the Sarawak-Indonesia border and its coastal areas to prevent the spread of Covid-19 into Sarawak.

Its chairman Tan Sri James Jemut Masing said the state is closing its border posts after the sudden spike of 260 new Covid-19 cases nationwide today, which includes cases in neighbouring Sabah.

“My committee in our border post meeting two days ago in Kuching, has closed the border posts including the ports linking with Indonesia and Philippines until Dec 3, 2020.

“And we recommendeded to SDMC (State Disaster Management Committee) to be stricter in the SOPs (Standard Operating Procedures) with visitors from Sabah and Malaya (West Malaysia),” he revealed in a statement today.

Masing added that sanitisation works at sites and plantations with foreign employees needed to be included in the SOPs to safeguard the public from the second wave of coronavirus attack.

“Now Sarawak is free (of Covid-19), but it will not be for long if we are not prepared for the onslaughts from both land and sea.

“Please be prepared. It’s better to be safe than sorry when trying to contain Covid-19,” urged Masing. — DayakDaily