Not the time yet to ease quarantine, travel restrictions



KUCHING: The federal government has eased restrictions related to quarantine and inter-district travel for fully vaccinated individuals throughout the country effective Monday.

The relaxation is applicable to all phases of the National Recovery Plan.

However, members of the public, approached by New Sarawak Tribune, disagreed with the federal government’s decision.

With the Covid-19 pandemic showing no sign of slowing down, especially in the past few days, they say it is not the time yet to ease the restrictions.

Here, we publish the views of six of them:

Muhammad Haffiszi Salam



I am thankful that inter-district travel is allowed now. I’ve been away from my wife since last year. She’s a police officer serving in another district. I miss her. However, I will strictly follow the standard operating procedures (SOPs).

Kasman Sabu


(Student Management Officer, SK Maludam)

Although I miss my parents, I disagree with the decision to allow inter-district travel because the number of Covid-19 cases is still high. Tighter SOPs should be applied to improve our situation.  

Kemella Gelang



Whatever reasons you are going on inter-district travel, be sure to take care of your safety and those around you. However, if the travel is not compulsory, try to stay at home as much as possible for the sake of your loved ones.

Polly Jomling



There are pros and cons in allowing inter-district travel at this time. However, let’s be wise and logical to move forward into a better Malaysia. Prevention is always better than cure.

Asway Langkan


(Operational assistant)

I do not support the decision. The new SOPs may contribute to more Covid-19 cases. Because people’s immune systems react differently to the virus, the risk of getting infected is there.

Adeline Lallang Dominic Tasek



Even if the restrictions are lifted, it is important for everyone to be aware of the risks they’re exposed to. I hope everyone will continue to play their part in curbing the spread of Covid-19. 

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