Uggah: Approval letters from five State ministries needed to get through roadblocks

Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas

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KUCHING, June 7: Employees in the State will only be required to obtain approval letters from five State Ministries for them to pass through roadblocks set up by the police.

Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) chairman Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah today said there was no need for them to get the approvals from Kuala Lumpur.

“All approval letters to pass through the police roadblocks in the State will be done by the relevant ministries in the state,” he said.

Uggah, who is also the Deputy Chief Minister, was responding to a statement issued by Inspector General of Police Datuk Acryl Sani Abdullah Sani who had said that beginning tomorrow, the police would only accept approval letters issued by six federal ministries and certain agencies at their roadblocks nationwide.

Uggah named the five State ministries as the Ministry of Modernisation of Agriculture, Native Land and Regional Development, Ministry of Local Government and Housing, Ministry of Infrastructure and Port Development, Ministry of Transport and Ministry of International Trade and Industry, Industrial Terminal and Entrepreneur Development.

He said the economic sectors allowed to operate during MCO are indicated in the standard operating procedure (SOP) dated May 29 which was updated on May 31.

He added: “People are only allowed to go out to perform their official duties, carrying out essential services or to do his or her work in relation to essential services.

“However, they need to obtain police permits or letters from their employers.

“For those who need to buy food, daily necessities, medicine and dieting provisions, they are only allowed to shop within a 10 kilometer radius from their residence or similar place.

“Meanwhile, the police will allow those having their Covid-19 vaccination appointments to proceed,” he added.

Nonetheless, Uggah hoped that the people would stay at home unless they have very compelling reasons to go out, in order to help to curb the spread of the Covid-19 within the wider community. — DayakDaily