Sibu DDMC meeting to discuss overflowing appeals from Sibu businesses to operate during special CMCO

Ting (first left, top row) holds a video conference with Sibu councillors.

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By Ling Hui

KUCHING, April 23: Sibu Divisional Disaster Management Committee (Sibu DDMC) held a meeting at 2.30pm today to discuss the many appeals from several industries and businesses in Sibu requesting to operate during the special Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) period, which is scheduled to last until April 26.

Sibu Municipal Council (SMC) chairman Clarence Ting, who would be attending the meeting as well, was told that the subject matter of the meeting was to review these appeals.

“According to our residents office, there are so many appeals. Actually, I am speechless, many people still want to open (their offices or businesses),” he said during his Facebook live session today.

In the session, he continued to receive questions from the ground about whether any particular stores like insurance firms, hardware stores, spare part shops or Chinese medicine production lines are allowed to operate during the special CMCO.

In response to this, Ting only appealed to all businesses not categorised under the essential services not to open their shops or offices and instead practice working from home.

“Right now, the health department said the major spread of Covid-19 is in offices.

“So I appeal to all the professionals and business owners, if you are not providing any essential services, try not to open, try to work from home,” he said.

He also expressed concern that if all businesses fight to open during these dire times where the daily number of Covid-19 cases are high, there may not be much of a business opportunity later on if the situation does not improve.

Confident that Sibu could overcome this hurdle with everybody’s cooperation, he called for the public to unite in pulling down Sibu’s daily cases. — DayakDaily