Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas

KUCHING: Sarawakians who work providing essential services are allowed to travel to and from their homes and workplaces, and even between districts. 

However, they do need to obtain permits from the respective Resident’s or District Offices, said Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas. 

“We have made it very clear that those providing essential services are not restricted and the police know it,” he said in a press conference streamed live on Unit Komunikasi Awam Sarawak (Ukas), yesterday. 

As for those not providing essential services and but need to travel, they must have good reasons and must also get permits from their Residents or District Offices. 

“If we don’t travel, we can stop the virus from spreading from one person to another and from one place to another. 

“We understand staying home is not easy. There are some sacrifices to be made, but they are for the good of everyone. We want to end this crisis,” he said. 

On a new directive restricting shops to selling essential items from 8am to 8pm beginning tomorrow as announced by Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob yesterday, Uggah said there was no official notification on it yet. 

“We will discuss first whether to follow that directive or stick to the 7pm to 7am restriction for the state. 

“We will evaluate the situation because we will decide based on what is best for Sarawak,” he said.