Strategies mulled to lift MCO, restore normalcy in green zones

Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas

By Peter Sibon

KUCHING, April 22: State Secretary Datuk Amar Jaul Samion has been tasked to study how best to lift the MCO in green zone areas so as to ensure that life is back to normalcy and at the same ensure that Covid-19 is not spread there.

State Disaster Management Committee chairman Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas reiterated that the Sarawak government understood the predicament faced by the people and is taking proactive steps to address them.

“We have asked Datuk Amar Jaul Samion, the state secretary and his team, to look at unwinding some activities in the green areas,” Uggah told a press conference held at Wisma Bapa Malaysia here today.

When asked whether MCO should be lifted in the green zones, Uggah said the government we will study matter very carefully.

He said that lifting the MCO to enable economic activities back to normalcy should be done gradually and in stages to ensure public safety and control the spread of Covid-19.

Uggah who is also Minister of Modernisation of Agriculture, Native Land and Regional Development reiterated that the Sarawak government has made various initiatives to assist farmers and fishermen.

“We are very concerned about activities in the green zone areas. We are aware of the economic impact in the rural areas, whether they are farmers or fishermen, all of them can carry out their work.

“Some of them who are having problems with marketing their products, our Agriculture Department is helping them. Similarly, the state government has donated RM600,000 to LKIM to buy fish which can’t be sold. So those are the activities that the government is doing and hoping to reduce the negative impact (of Covid-19).” —DayakDaily