James Jemut Masing

KUCHING: The Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) will decide on whether to extend the conditional movement control order (CMCO) currently in effect in Kuching this Sunday.

“The committee will meet on Sunday to decide on the status of the CMCO, whether it will be extended or otherwise. We will take into consideration the number of new cases within these two days,” said SDMC acting chairman Tan Sri Datuk Amar Dr James Jemut Masing in a statement today.

Earlier on, the Infrastructure and Ports Development Minister attended his first SDMC meeting following his appointment as acting chairman.

Masing said for the time being, travelling between red, green and yellow zones will require police permit.

“However, travelling between green zones is not prohibited and nor are business activities in these areas disallowed, provided the standard operating procedures (SOPs) are adhered to,” he said.

The deputy chief minister also expressed concern over border security and reminded that agencies are monitoring the borders to ensure no illegal visitors can cross the state’s border to contain the spread of Covid-19 and for security purposes.

He also reminded all to be vigilant and to take extra precautions so that red zone zones can turn into yellow zones quickly. 

“At the same time, the public must adhere strictly to the SOPs set by the federal and state governments, no matter which zone you are in”, Masing added. 

Also present during the meeting at the deputy chief minister’s office was Deputy State Secretary Datuk Ik Pahon Joyik.

Joining the meeting via Zoom were Welfare, Community Wellbeing, Women, Family and Childhood Development Minister Datuk Seri Fatimah Abdullah; Local Government and Housing Minister Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian; Transport Minister Datuk Lee Kim Shin; Residents and heads of agencies under SDMC.