Right decision to relax entry procedure

Fazzrudin Abdul Rahman

KUCHING: The state government’s decision to relax the entry procedure to Sarawak was described as a right one by Tupong assemblyman Fazzrudin Abdul Rahman.

“I thank the state government and the Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) for the consideration that has been made based on the requests and grievances of the people of Sarawak who want to return to their hometowns.

“This is the right decision as we move into the endemic phase of Covid-19. This also shows the concern of the state government which is sensitive to the needs of its citizens,” he said in a statement yesterday (Oct 17).

He was commenting on the SDMC’s decision to exempt fully-vaccinated Sarawakians from needing to apply via EnterSarawak to return home.

Fazzrudin at the same time said all decisions made by the state-level disaster management committee has been scrutinised accordingly and is also based on the views of public health experts in the state.

“For more than a year we have been facing the Covid-19 pandemic, the role played by SDMC is crucial to ensure the safety and wellbeing of the people of Sarawak.

“With an efficient management by the disaster committee, this has contributed to the drastic drop in daily Covid-19 cases in Sarawak from over 5,000 to 1,000 daily cases of late,” he said.

The assemblyman hoped that with the exemption of requiring to enter the state via EnterSarawak, Sarawakians who have long been separated from their families, spouses and children will be able to reunite after the harrowing period of curbing Covid-19.

“As we move into the endemic phase, there is still a need for us to continue to practise measures to break the chain of Covid-19.

“This does not mean that all standard operating procedures (SOPs) implemented previously to curb Covid-19 transmission should be discarded,” he said.

Adding that 77.3 percent of the new Covid-19 daily cases reported in Sarawak in October 2021 were adults who had been fully vaccinated, it showed that infections can still occur along with fatalities.

“I call on all Sarawakians who have returned to their hometowns to continue to practice the SOPs recommended by the authorities to ensure that they, their families and friends are safe from being infected,” he said.

He advised those who have symptoms during their stay in Sarawak to undergo screening either using a self-test kit or a swab test at the nearest health facility.

“Intervention measures such as wearing a face mask, physical distancing, use of hand sanitisers and maintaining good personal hygiene should continue to be practised,” he said.