Travel between districts not allowed yet, police permit required

Uggah (centre) addressing a press conference on Covid-19.

By Karen Bong

KUCHING, May 9: Inter-district travel is still not allowed in Sarawak and police permit is still required for the time being.

State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) chairman Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas, in refuting false claims spreading in the social media, reminded that for Sarawak, restrictions on movement between district is still being maintained.

“Police will put up roadblocks at all district borders to control the movement of people between district.

“And the public still need to get police approval if they intend to travel between district,” he told a press conference on Covid-19 today.

Uggah was refuting two stories created to misinform the people that were viraled in the social media saying that all roadblocks in Sarawak will be instantly removed starting 6pm of May 8, 2020 whereby the police and armed forces personnel will carry out patrol in urban areas after the roadblocks were removed.

Another story stated that there was no need to apply for travelling permit from police for movement across border in Sarawak.

“These (stories) are not true.

“As there are still red, yellow and green zones, we want to minimise the movement of people especially from red zone to yellow and green zones,” he pointed out, hoping that this measure will help break the chain of Covid-19.

Even though the Covid-19 situation in Sarawak has shown improvement as the numbers were going down, Uggah however stressed on the target to turn yellow zones to green.

“How to turn yellow to green? When an area or district has no case for the last 14-days, it will be graduated to become green zone. But once a positive case is detected, it will go back to yellow.

“This is important to ensure that the Covid-19 outbreak in Sarawak is under control. It seemed we have managed to control the situation and we want it to be that way until one day, we hope to win the war,” he said of the reasons in discouraging inter-district movement.— DayakDaily