Sarawak worries about those returning from Sabah poll

Uggah (second left) presenting a souvenir to a retiree.

BETONG, Sept 25: Sarawak is on red alert for those coming back to the state after the Sabah poll.

Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas pointed out that Sabah has been declared a red zone for Covid-19 with alarming number of new cases in the past week.

“Just yesterday (Sept 24), we had some 500 policemen from the state sent to Sabah to re-enforce their Sabahan counterparts.


“We have local senior politicians going there to campaign too. We have voters going there to cast their votes and then come back,” he said when officiating at a ceremony to honour 33 retirees as well as retiring officers from the Public Work Department (PWD) from throughout the state here today.

Looking at the trend, Uggah cautioned that there have been reports recently indicating returnees from Sabah had tested positive for Covid-19.

“This means we cannot say we are safe. Because of this, we have now several new requirements for those returning from Sabah.

“We have to form a protective shield around Sarawak against another possible outbreak,” he emphasised as Sarawak had recorded zero cases in the last few days.

Uggah, who is also the State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) chairman, noted that the changes in guidelines will be inconvenient or difficult for those affected but he urged everyone to comply with the standard operation procedures (SOP).

“We have to be on our guard…..anyone going out of the state or overseas on official duties or tourism, we have to quarantine you for 14 days at home on your return.

“We are not only protecting you or your family but the society at large. We have to be firm as it is a very difficult time and situation,” he added.-DayakDaily