Selected telco companies allowed to open during third phase of MCO

Uggah addressing the media during a press conference to update the Covid-19 situation in Sarawak today. Photo Credit: Sarawak Public Communications Unit (UKAS).

By Adrian Lim

KUCHING, Apr 18: The State Disaster Management Committee has allowed selected telecommunication services providers approved by the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) to operate during the third phase of the movement control order (MCO) period.

“Customer service from telecommunication companies such as Celcom, Digi, Maxis and U Mobile, as well as their dealers are listed as essential service.

“The selected premises which are approved by MCMC are allowed to open during MCO to support their businesses, for instance, those who need to change their SIM cards, dealing with mobile phone bill and network issues,” he told a press conference on Covid-19 updates here today,”  said SDMC chairman Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas.

The premises are allowed to operate Wednesdays and Fridays, from 10 am to 4 pm, with no more than three workers at any one time, limit the number of customers while practising social distancing at the business premise and provide preventive measures for workers and customers.


Meanwhile, Uggah, who is also Minister of Agriculture Native Land and Regional Development, said the committee has agreed to allow two farmers to be in one car or vehicle following the harvest season.

“The move is to allow farmers especially those in the rural areas to have another helping hand to harvest and collect their crops from their farms.”

On another note, Uggah revealed that SDMC has received 2.9 million face masks provided by the National Disaster Management Agency (NADMA) to be distributed to Sarawakian households.

He said the state government has allocated RM6.5 million for the state Health Department to procure personal protective equipment (PPE) for the medical frontliners.

The PPE include 50,000 disposable face shields, 50,000 medical goggles, 50,000 KN95 respirators, 50,040 protective overalls and 50,040 protective shoes.

Uggah said the PPE will be distributed to 36 healthcare facilities throughout Sarawak.

On a positive note, he said Lawas and Matu have become green zone areas, recording zero cases from yellow zone (with one to 20 cases) previously.

In addition, there were no new cases being reported in the Mukah district in the last 33 days, and no new cases being reported in Sarikei and Sri Aman districts in the past 22 days.

With this 26 out of 40 districts in Sarawak have been declared green zone areas. —DayakDaily