Phase 3 postponed for Southern Region

KUCHING: Sarawak welcomes the prime minister’s announcement that the state will be able to enter Phase 3 of the National Recovery Plan (NRP) starting Wednesday (Aug 4) and it will implement this once the proposed standard operating procedures (SOPs) is approved by the Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) after seeking advice from medical experts.

As such, SDMC in a statement on Tuesday (Aug 3) said the existing SOPs would still be in force until then.

“However, to ensure the safety and wellbeing of the people, the implementation of Phase 3 of the NRP for the Southern Region — encompassing the districts of Kuching, Bau, Lundu, Samarahan, Simunjan, Asajaya, Serian, and Tebedu — will be postponed until Covid-19 cases there show a more satisfactory downward trend,” it said.

On another matter, the committee also declared that the enhanced movement control order (EMCO) would be enforced at a total of 17 localities in the districts of Sri Aman, Kuching, Serian, Asajaya, and Simunjan.

“The EMCO at Rumah (Rh) Lihal Gemong, Kampung Jaong, Pantu in Sri Aman District will be enforced from Aug 3 to 16,” it said.

In Kuching District, the EMCO will be imposed at four localities — Kampung Haji Baki, Kampung Braang Temurang, Kampung Braang Bidak, and Kampung Quop — from Aug 4 to 17.

As for Serian District, 10 localities will undergo the EMCO from Aug 4 to 17, namely Kampung Paon Rimu Bakong, Kampung Paon Rimu, Kampung Sg Duuh, Kampung Krangan Tekalong, Salcra Melikin Quarters, Kampung Krangan Baru, Kampung Junggu Mawang, Kampung Linsat Batu Kudi, Kampung Krangan Trusan, and Kampung Sungai Menyan Cina.

“The EMCO will also be imposed at Kampung Semera Hilir, Sadong Jaya in Asajaya District and Kampung Jirok in Simunjan District, both from Aug 4 to 17,” said SDMC.

It said the EMCO at Kampung Bintawa Hilir in Kuching District would be extended to cover Aug 4 to 17 as well.

The committee also announced the end of the EMCO at four localities in the state as of Tuesday (Aug 3) — Rh Kambieng Abu Bengang, Krian and Rh Noel Praja Kabo in Saratok District, Rh Bundan Engkabang in Kabong District, and Kampung Sungai Tapang in Kuching District.