Mawan (second right) performs the ‘miring’ ceremony at the Rumah James Jantan in Nanga Darau, Pakan.

SARIKEI: Those oil and gas (O&G) employees wishing to return to their respective longhouses from outside the country must undergo Covid-19 screening test to ensure the safety of everyone.

The advice came from Sarawak Dayak National Union (SDNU) President Tan Sri William Mawan Ikom in response to the several Covid-19 positive cases reported in the state since few a days ago.

“Even though we (Malaysia) have been recognised as one of the best countries in the world in the fight against the Covid-19 outbreak, it is likely that it will get worse and that is why we must always be careful in any matter,” he said.

Mawan, who is also the Pakan assemblyman, reminded this especially to those working in the field of O&G abroad to go through the Covid-19 screening when returning home to reduce the risk of the outbreak.

“If it happens, it can be detrimental to all parties, especially our relatives in the longhouse,” he stated after officiating the Majlis Bersama Rakyat at Rumah James Jantan in Nanga Darau, Pakan on Wednesday (July 15).

For the record, a total of five new cases of Covid-19 were detected last week and Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) chairman Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas had voiced concern that Sarawak may enter the second wave of the Covid-19 outbreak.

Mawan, who was equally worried, reminded everyone to always play their respective roles by complying with the standard operating procedures (SOPs) that were set during the recovery movement control order (RMCO) period which is currently being implemented.