Hundreds brave rain, virus threat to apply for permits

Employers are seen converging on a police station in Sibu to get travel permits for their employees.

SIBU: Hundreds of employers turned up at the police stations here today to apply for travel permits for their employees.

They were seen queuing up at the Central Police Station and the Lanang Police Station despite the rainy weather.

An employer, who declined to be named, expressed his dissatisfaction as he had to line up just to get the permits.

“Why can’t the police use online permit registration? It is easier for everyone, and we will also be less exposed to the Covid-19 infection,” he lamented.

Meanwhile, Sibu Municipal Council (SMC) chairman Clarence Ting expressed his displeasure as people crowded the police stations.

“Despite a steady drizzle and the Covid-19 threat, the Sibu public braved the elements to apply for police permits.

“They could stay at home and not venture out, but decided to.

“This clearly shows many do not think this Covid-19 spread is serious. They are willing to take the risk to continue opening their businesses,” he said in his Facebook post.

Effective today, police permit is required for employees of businesses categorised as essential services under MCO in Sibu Division when they travel to and from work.

Essential services include manufacturing, construction, services, distribution trade, plantation and commodities sectors with only 30 percent attendance of the management team permitted while the number of workers is determined by the implementation of social distancing and public health protocol in the workplace.