MCO restrictions already implemented in Sarawak

Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian

KUCHING: Sarawak has been implementing the restrictions usually reserved for movement control orders (MCOs) in the current conditional movement control order (CMCO).

Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) advisor Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian said this included the ban on inter-district travel, social gatherings, school closures and limited capacity at work places as well as closing of shops by 10pm, no dine-in at eateries as well as restrictions on sports and recreational activities.

“Call it MCO or CMCO, Sarawak has already implemented most of the restrictions under MCO 3.0 announced by Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin,” he said in a Facebook post on Tuesday (May 11).

Dr Sim said the public should realise that MCO 3.0 imposed nationwide is not the same as the first MCO in early 2020 where its enforcement was akin to an enhanced movement control order (EMCO) in Sarawak.

At the same time, Dr Sim reminded the State Health Department and the Kuching Division Health Office to declare new clusters promptly.

“Looking at the recurrence of address and putting the locations of positive cases in daily announcement of high-risk area, there are definitely more clusters in Kuching.

“The public rightfully deserves to know (about the exposures) so they can make decisions for themselves,” he said.

On Tuesday, the Sarawak government decided not enforce the nationwide MCO announced by the prime minister, instead opting to continue with the existing CMCO.

“However, more stringent standard operating procedures (SOPs) will be enforced, with restaurants, food courts, bistros, food and beverage outlets not allowed to operate dine-ins,” SDMC said.

It added that food suppliers are only allowed to sell takeaways while delivering of food parcels or packets to homes is also allowed.

SDMC said the premises which have been identified as high-risk areas by the Hotspot Identification for Dynamic Engagement (HIDE) system must take steps to prevent the spread of Covid-19 infections.