Council to abide by ministry’s decision on licencing

Datuk Peter Minos

KUCHING: Kota Samarahan Municipal Council (MPKS) will wait for the Ministry of Local Government and Housing to issue licences to eateries and coffee shops whose workers are fully vaccinated.

Its chairman Datuk Peter Minos said the council has to abide by the decisions made by ministry.

Although he welcomes the idea by Sibu Municipal Council (SMC) chairman Clarence Ting, there is still a need to ensure that the public are not Covid-19 carriers.

“The suggestion sounds pretty logical as fully vaccinated employees would have their certificates displayed showing that they are ‘safe’, however, what about the public and crowds congregating at such places?

“Even with measures taken by the council, still, how do we prevent the virus from spreading if those who are visiting are Covid-19 carriers?” he asked.

He was commenting on a recent suggestion by Ting for eateries and coffee shops to be issued licences after employees were fully vaccinated.

“With the existence of the license displayed at the shops, the public who are visiting these places will be in peace of mind,” Ting said during a Facebook live session last Saturday.

Minos pointed out that the basic idea of movement control order (MCO) was to prevent and eliminate any possible crowding to help curb the Covid-19 chain.

“For us in MPKS, we will fully comply with preventing crowding among the people in public places. To our knowledge, Covid-19 virus can easily spread among the crowds of people,” he added.

Minos hoped that Sarawak would achieve herd immunity by August.

“When it is finally achieved, then and only then we, Sarawakians, will be jubilant. Until then, it is advisable for the public to strictly adhere to the standard operating procedures and faithfully follow the rules and directives of the MCO,” he reminded.