Sibu-KL flight still too early in Covid-19 fight to resume, says Dudong SUPP rep

Wong Ching Yong

SIBU, Apr 15: The resumption for the Sibu-Kuala Lumpur flight, although welcome, may still be too early for implementation, opines Dudong SUPP chairman Wong Ching Yong.

Speaking to reporters at the sidelines of arranging food aid distribution to longhouses today, Wong said he was against the early commencement of the flight as it was more important to maintain the position of Sibu as the yellow zone of Covid-19 outbreak.

“The situation in Sibu is not too bad. We do not have any new positive case in the last three days. A lot of people also hoped that this scenario will continue so that we can have the MCO lifted as soon as possible so that the life of people can return to normalcy,” he said.

Wong, however, felt that as the flight would resume soon, “there must be strict enforcement. For example, if any passenger has symptoms of Covid-19, he or she must not be allowed to board the plane.

“If it is to commence soon then all procedures must be strictly adhered to so as to prevent the present situation in Sibu from getting worse,” he said.

Transport Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong had on Apr 14 said that Malaysia Airlines Berhad (MAB) will resume its flights from Kuala Lumpur to Sarawak and Sabah, albeit on a limited frequency, given the ongoing movement control order (MCO).

These flights included the KL-Kuching-KL; KL-Miri-KL and KL-Kota Kinabalu-KL routes beginning this week but only once a week.

Wee said the MAB subsidiary and regional community airline, MASwings, will continue to fly the Miri-Bintulu-Miri, Kuching-Sibu-Kuching, and Sibu-Bintulu Sibu routes. —DayakDaily