Uggah (centre) chairs the meeting on Covid-19.


KUCHING: Visitors including foreign nationals arriving in Sarawak have been truthful when filling their health declaration forms (HDF).

State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) chairman Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas said, “I have been told by the Immigration Department that their officers had not detected any false declaration so far. They counter-checked the declarations against the passports. If a traveller was in China recently, it would show in the passport.”

However, he regretted that certain unscrupulous people had been selling the forms to visitors at certain entry points.

“The forms are free. So far, the committee had given away more than 800,000 of them,” he said during the second meeting of the committee on the Novel Coronavirus (Covid-19) update yesterday.

Uggah also said the state had received three new thermoscanners from the Ministry Of Health (MOH).

“One each had been installed at Kuching International Airport (KIA) and Sibu Airport. One is used by the Immigration, Custom and Quarantine Station at Sungai Tujoh starting today (yesterday),” he said, noting that there are three new ones in addition to the two already at KIA and Miri Airport.

Two more (thermoscanners) will soon be provided by SDMC and installed at Sibu and Bintulu Airports.

During the meeting, the committee also advised employers who want to bring in workers from China, to inform the committee in advance.

Uggah said the workers needed to undergo 14 days of self-quarantine.

“The employers will have to provide the quarantine centre. But the bottom line is any worker who has flu must seek immediate medical attention at a government hospital.

“They should not wait for symptoms associated with Covid-19 like fever, coughing or breathing difficulty to develop,” he told.

Uggah (centre) chairs the meeting on Covid-19.

On local events involving big groups coming into Sarawak, Uggah said they could continue and only those involving mainland Chinese would not be allowed until further notice.

As of yesterday, Sarawak has not recorded any Patient Under Investigation (PUI) case.

Last Sunday (Feb 16), the Health Department screened a total of 8,004 arrivals statewide.

The second meeting on Covid-19 was also attended by Local Government and Housing Minister Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian; Tourism, Art and Culture cum Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah; Welfare, Community Wellbeing, Women, Family and Childhood Development Minister Datuk Seri Fatimah Abdullah; Deputy State Secretary Datuk Ik Pahon; Sarawak Immigration Department director Datuk Ken Leben; State Security and Enforcement Committee director Datuk Dr Chai Khin Chung; and State Health Department Director Dr Chin Zin Hing.