KUCHING: The Dayak Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI) is looking forward to the further reopening of business activities and easing of restrictions as Sarawak move into Phase Three of the National Recovery Plan (NRP).
DCCI secretary-general Libat Langub noted that while DCCI welcomed the prime minister’s recent announcement, there were mixed feelings given the presence of the Covid-19 Delta variant and high number of daily cases.
He pointed out that the situation still posed a real challenge thus the state government must proceed with Phase Three with caution.
“DCCI would like to propose for the state government to adjust and review the standard operating procedure (SOP) under the NRP by considering the present local health conditions and circumstances. Above all, the safety of the people must be ensured.
“Moreover, the state government must disseminate clearly the information on Phase Three and emerging issues such as the Delta variant, the need for vaccination and strict compliance of SOP to the public, especially in the rural areas,” he said on Tuesday (Aug 3).
At the same time, he also said DCCI would like to request the government to assist and look into the plight of many unregistered self-employed rural or village petty traders.
He stated that they had lost their income due to the pandemic. “These informal unregistered traders are not captured in the authorities’ radar for lack of documents. Therefore, they do not benefit from the Covid-19 government economic aid.”