Tiong: Bintulu to decide own SOP once Sarawak moves into Phase 2 of NRP

Dato Sri Tiong King Sing

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KUCHING, July 13: The Bintulu Divisional Disaster Management Committee (DDMC) will decide on the appropriate standard operating procedures (SOP) for Bintulu when Sarawak moves into the second phase of the National Recovery Plan (NRP) starting tomorrow.

Bintulu MP Dato Sri Tiong King Sing said however, the adjustments would be done based on what was decided by the Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC).

“In fact, I would suggest that the number of visitors and the time period for dine-in in eateries be restricted.

“Although the number of Covid-19 cases in Bintulu has reduced, an undisciplined and careless pandemic prevention system can further trigger the spread of this pandemic as well as waste the efforts of all parties in curbing the virus,” he said in a statement today.

Tiong said he understood that everyone wants to return to normal life as soon as possible whereby all sectors of the economy can be reopened so that the people can find food.

“However, if the outbreak spreads again due to optimism and lack of vigilance as a result of entering the second phase, the people will be more significantly impacted later on with the return of Movement Control Order and screening test measures.

“Therefore, Bintulu will practise the approach to outline its own SOP which is deemed fit and applicable for Bintulu residents.

“The people are encouraged to ‘tapau’ (takeaway) or ‘pre-order’ their food to shorten the time at the premises and also to avoid congestion at the premises,” he advised.

Tiong also said that instead of constantly implementing and lifting the ban on interdistrict travel, the public should be vigilant to curb the spread of the pandemic.

He also said the effort to keep the number of new cases as low as possible was not easy because the authorities are still collecting nearly 2,000 screening samples per day, including those with appointments at the screening centre. — DayakDaily