Temperature checks remain at MBKS offices, markets, hawker centres; no more officers to monitor check-ins from March 1

Wee talking about remaining temperature scanners at MBKS premises.

By Ling Hui

KUCHING, Feb 12: The use of temperature scanners at Kuching South City Council (MBKS) offices, markets and hawker centres will remain despite the lifting of mandatory temperature checks starting yesterday (Feb 11).

MBKS Mayor Dato Wee Hong Seng said the Council decided not to remove the temperature scanners as they are after all not a nuisance.

“We have been talking about living together with Covid-19, so I think the facilities should always be there should anyone need it.

“Besides, there’s no harm in keeping the temperature scanners around. After all, they are not causing any additional inconveniences or blocking anything,” he said during his Facebook live session today.

Meanwhile, Wee said starting March 1, there will be no more officers stationed at entrances of MBKS premises to ensure compulsory registration through MySejahtera app.

He believes members of the public are already well-aware of the importance of registering themselves before entering any premises after two years in the Covid-19 pandemic.

“It’s been two years since 2020, so everyone must already know what to do. There’s no need for someone to sit there all day long to monitor every check-ins.

“I believe our people is independent enough now,” he added.

It was announced on Feb 8 by Senior Minister of Defence Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein that temperature checks and manual recording of personal particulars at premise entrances are no longer a must, effective Feb 11.

Yesterday, Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) confirmed the abolishment of this procedure under the standard operating procedure (SOP) but still encouraged businesses to continue the practice as extra precaution. — Dayakdaily