Sarawak has yet to open to overseas tourists despite being “green”

Ting (3rd left) presenting face masks to the school's principal, Ahmad Othman.

by Brad Rantayy

MIRI, August 13: Despite being a Covid-19 green zone, Sarawak has yet to open to overseas tourists.

This was disclosed by Assistant Minister for Tourism, Arts and Culture Datuk Sebastian Ting who stressed that even though Sarawak has successfully contained Covid-19 outbreak, it has no plan to open up to international tourists for the time being for the fear that a quick opening may lead to second wave of infection.

On Wednesday, Sarawak had turned into a Covid-19 green zone again, after no new positive cases were reported for 14 consecutive days in all of its districts.

Following the good news, Ting congratulated State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC), frontliners and Sarawakians in general for their continuous efforts which resulted in the State’s green zone status.


Ting (clad in yellow shirt) is seen distributing face masks to the SK pupils.

Meanwhile, on bracing for the hot and dry weather that is approaching, Ting who is also Piasau Assemblyman reminded all Sarawakians especially senior citizens and young children to stay indoor and drink more water.

He said if the dry weather persists, the annual haze will return. In such case, he told all Sarawakians to take precautionary measures such as staying indoor.

“Those who are suffering from chronic diseases are also advised not to go out and must be more careful during this dry and hot season,” said Ting when met by the media after presenting a total 1,230 face masks to students of SK Jalan Bintang today.

Receiving the masks were the school’s headmaster Ahmad Othman and its parent-teacher association vice president Iqbal Abdollah.

A total of 18,000 face masks had been distributed to 17 schools under the the Piasau constituency (DUN) so far since the Covid-19 outbreak.

Apart from masks, Ting also distributed necessary items for combating Covid-19 such as face recognition terminals and infrared thermometers to schools and public agencies. — DayakDaily