Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas

KUCHING: Inter-district travel in Sarawak is still restricted, said Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas.

He was responding to a question on whether Sarawak would permit inter-district travel, which Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob had purportedly said was allowed.

Uggah said that if Ismail Sabri’s announcement was heard properly, inter-district travel was still not permitted in Sarawak.

He said this during a daily Covid-19 press conference in Petra Jaya yesterday.

Earlier during the press conference, he reported that 6,692 applications for inter-district travel were received at 28 district police headquarters throughout Sarawak over the last 24 hours.

“This brings the cumulative total to 43,572 applications. Of this, 40,326 have been approved and 3,246 rejected,” he said.

According to him, the surveillance team yesterday monitored 1,920 locations, comprising supermarkets (305), restaurants (298), factories (43), banks (186), government offices (88), hawkers (22), public markets (208), and places of worship (115), recreational places (52), construction sites (16), and others (587).

“Thus far, a total of 29,584 notifications on opening of economic sectors have been received. Of this, 21,514 were received online and 8,070 through email,” said Uggah, who is also Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) chairman.

Meanwhile, when asked about the status of mobile banking services in other rural areas, he said they were still in the planning stage.

“As soon as we get the details, we will announce it to the press,” he added.