Uggah: Sarawak will not follow federal govt’s SOP on Covid-19 measures

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KUCHING, Jan 11: Sarawak would not follow the federal government’s standard operating procedures (SOP) in its efforts to curb the spread of Covid-19 in the state, said Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas.

According to Uggah during a press conference on Sarawak daily Covid-19 update today, the federal government has acknowledged that Sarawak has the right strategy in controlling the spread of the pandemic in the state, adding “It’s just that some mistakes were made”.

“No, he has made that decision earlier. Back then, Sarawak is still “dara” (clean), but today, she is dirty, a lot of red (zones),” he said when responding to a question on whether Sarawak will be following the SOP announced by Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, today.

Uggah, who is also State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) chairman, also apologised to Sarawakians and said that SDMC has no intention to cause inconvenience to anyone.

“A lot of people are asking the SDMC for exemption and many others (in order to enable them to return to Sarawak) and they are quite vexed about the matter,” he revealed, pointing out, however, that action has to be taken and strategy made to ensure Sarawakians are protected.

“So we apologise to the community in Sarawak and we hope that whatever mistake we make will be corrected, to make sure the spread of Covid-19 will stop.

“It is going to be an inconvenience, because firstly; the number of flights from Kuala Lumpur, Johor, and Sabah into the state will be reduced, and secondly; they have to be quarantined (when coming into the state),” he added. — DayakDaily