Uggah speaks during the press conference. (Photo: UKAS)

KUCHING: Foreigners who have been in Malaysia for at least 30 consecutive days can now enter Sarawak without quarantine requirements. 

In announcing this on Wednesday, Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas said they would have to apply for permission from Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) via http://sdmc.sarawak.gov.my.

He also said that the Ministry of Local Government and Housing Sarawak had set the standard operating procedure (SOP) for cinema activities, which would take effect immediately.

“SDMC also reminds organisers in the rural areas, especially in longhouses and villages, that although permission has been given to hold social events, this permission is subject to the SOP which has been set.

“Among them is a maximum of 250 attendees, or less depending on the size of the space and social distancing,” he said at the SDMC Covid-19 press update on Wednesday.

He disclosed that all the rural areas were green zones and everyone had to cooperate to ensure that this was maintained.

“If the SOP is followed, we hope that the chain of Covid-19 transmission can be broken. Now is not the time to take risks; our curve is flattening but we must not be complacent,” said Uggah, who is also SDMC chairman.

Meanwhile, he said that they were in the final phase of preparing to engage ketua kaum and ketua masyarakat statewide to inform them on their role in community policing. This, he said, was to ensure that all SOPs were implemented and observed.

He also called on Village Development and Security Committees (JKKKs) and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) to join in on these efforts in monitoring non-compliance by irresponsible parties.