Uggah: Police permit no longer required for inter-zone travel from Aug 15

Uggah speaking at a press conference to give Covid-19 updates in Kuching (August 10, 2020). Photo credit: Sarawak Public Communications Unit (Ukas)

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By Ling Hui

KUCHING, August 10: Inter-zone travel between Zone 1 and 2 in Sarawak without police permits is now allowed effective from August 15, says State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) chairman Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas.

“After the discussion with KKM (Ministry of Health) and the tourism industry from the aspects of public health and the economy, SDMC has decided to allow inter-zone travel without police permits,” he said during a press conference to give Covid-19 updates here today.

Following a spike in Covid-19 cases previously that caused Kuching to revert to a Covid-19 red zone on July 25, the state government has later imposed inter-zone travel restrictions which is in effect August 1-14.

Zone 1 covers Kuching, Samarahan and Serian divisions which were red and yellow zones then while Zone 2 covers green zones such as Sri Aman, Betong, Sarikei, Sibu, Kapit, Mukah, Bintulu, Miri and Limbang.

All individuals who wish to travel between these zones during Aug 1-14 must obtain permission from the Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM) except for those on official duty, those who need to travel due to death or critical illnesses in the family or go for a medical check-up.

Meanwhile, Uggah also announced the enforcement of customer registration at all business premises.

“To increase the enforcement of contact detection, all business premises are required to record personal details of all who enter their premises by writing down the names and telephone numbers, or using mobile (phone) applications such as MySejahtera, Qmunity and COVIDTrace,” he said. — DayakDaily