Sarawak to maintain 7am-7pm operating hours

Uggah addressing the daily Covid-19 press conference.

By Karen Bong

KUCHING, May 6: Sarawak will maintain the 7am to 7pm operation hours throughout the Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO).

State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) chairman Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas emphasised that there was no change in the operating hours of 7am to 7pm during CMCO.

“Otherwise, people will be confused (if) we make changes today, tomorrow. That’s why we remain the time restriction so it is easy for the public to understand,” he told a daily press conference on Covid-19 today.

This was in responding to the easing of restrictions under CMCO announced by federal government in which private vehicles have been allowed to travel about without time restriction while district to district movement has also been allowed.

As for inter-state movement, Uggah reminded that it is not allowed and still requires police approval at the moment.

“I was informed that movement between state and district are still not allowed and need to apply permit from police.

“You cannot move from Kuching to Sri Aman without asking permission from police. Only within Kuching area, you don’t see many roadblocks but between districts especially from red zone to others must be controlled,” he added.

Meanwhile, police have announced on May 3 that Malaysians who are stranded after the MCO was imposed and wish to travel across states to return to their home and workplaces must apply either using the latest version of the Gerak Malaysia app or manually.

Those who do not have smartphones or the Gerak Malaysia app will have to make appointments first before going to the nearest police station to personally apply for permission before the May 7 to 10 travel period.—DayakDaily