Whether it’s FMCO or MCO, Sarawak plans to complete Covid-19 vaccinations by August

Comparison between Malaysia FMCO and Sarawak MCO. Credit: Sarawak Covid-19 Awareness Group.

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By Ling Hui

KUCHING, May 31: Regardless of whether it is called Malaysia’s Full Movement Control Order (FMCO) or Sarawak’s Movement Control Order (MCO) 2021, one thing will not change, which is Sarawak has a plan to complete its immunisation programme by August 2021.

State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) advisor Dato Sri Dr Sim Kui Hian, in stating this, uploaded a list to compare standard operating procedures (SOPs) between Malaysia’s FMCO and Sarawak’s MCO.

The differences include the closure of convenience stores (DIY, Supersave, 100%), optical stores and self-service launderettes, prohibition of sports and recreational activities and implementation of a night curfew from 10pm to 5am, which Sarawak has imposed.

Another significant difference was that in Sarawak, children aged below 12 and those who are in Covid-19 high-risk groups are also disallowed from leaving their houses and visiting public, open and crowded spaces.

Adding on, Dr Sim noted the Covid-19 situation in Peninsular Malaysia is worse than in Sarawak now despite them having more hospital facilities, but Sarawak is facing a crisis as well.

However, he added, this does not change the Sarawak government’s plan to vaccinate eligible Sarawakians who have registered for vaccination in the coming months especially after National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme (Pick) Coordinating Minister Khairy Jamaluddin’s promise to send more vaccine doses to Sarawak.

“YB Khairy has committed 380,000 doses per week from June onwards whereby the number of vaccines available in one week in June will be equivalent to vaccines previously delivered in April and May together, just don’t divert and disrupt our vaccine supplies.

“Every Sarawakian needs to love and save yourself, your families, your workers and our Sarawak in these two crucial weeks,” he said in a social media post today.

Dr Sim, who is also Minister for Local Government and Housing, said these two weeks are vital and the Sarawak government is striving to ensure there are enough beds in hospitals or Low-Risk Treatment and Quarantine Centres for Covid-19 (PKRC) to treat patients, get everyone vaccinated and keep all Sarawakians alive. — DayakDaily