Shoppers in Sibu Jaya, Selangau must show vaccination proof starting Aug 7 as preventive measure against Delta variant

Wong Ching Yong

By Adrian Lim

SIBU, Aug 5: Shoppers in Sibu Jaya and Selangau are required to prove that they have been vaccinated against Covid-19 when visiting shopping malls and mini markets from Aug 7 onwards.

Sibu Rural District Council (SRDC) deputy chairman Wong Chin Yong said shoppers are required to show evidence of having been vaccinated against Covid-19 with at least the first dose completed to retail operators before being allowed entry.

“When customers (in Sibu Jaya and Selangau) enter the supermarkets to do shopping, they must show the operator that they have been inoculated with the first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine.

“The reason is to prevent the spread of the Delta variant, which is very transmittable.

“I am happy to inform that all operators in Sibu Jaya and Selangau hae agreed to impose these restrictions starting from Aug 7,” he told reporters during a virtual meeting through Zoom today.

He added that shoppers are required to present their electronic vaccination certificate on the MySejahtera app or their Covid-19 vaccine appointment card from the Health Ministry to supermarket outlets.

Wong, who is also Sarawak United Peoples’ Party (SUPP) Dudong branch chairman, said the move was an initiative to educate shoppers on the importance of being vaccinated in order to break the chain of infection.

He added the move was also aimed at encouraging shoppers who have yet to do so to get vaccinated against Covid-19.

Wong disclosed that there will be no penalty imposed by SRDC enforcement during their inspection on operators and shoppers if there is non-compliance in the near future.

However, if the State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) were to issue a guideline for penalties to be imposed on non-compliance by shoppers, Wong said that SRDC will follow suit. — DayakDaily