Sarawak mulls threshold to reopen economy

Abang Johari (centre) speaks at a press conference. Also seen are Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas (seated left) and Minister of Local Government and Housing Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian. Standing from left are Deputy State Secretary Datuk Dr Sabariah Putit, PBB Satok Division deputy chief Datuk Ibrahim Baki, state health director Dr Mohd Sapian and state security director Datuk Dr Chai Khin Chung. Photo: Ramidi Subari

KUCHING: The state government has suggested that Sarawak should come up with its own threshold in terms of the number of daily Covid-19 cases for the economy to reopen in Sarawak.

Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg said the state government was currently looking into a proposal for the movement control order (MCO) to be lifted depending on the Covid-19 situation in the state.

“Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) chairman and Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah is looking into it. There is a way  but I think it is premature for me to announce it now.

“This is important as in our view, (we are currently) depending on what is happening in the country, where the threshold is for the country to register below 4,000 (for the economy to reopen).

“The state with the most number of Covid-19 is Selangor, which registered more than 2,000 daily cases, meaning we are being pulled down by Selangor,” he told a press conference here today.  

Earlier, he visited the Jalan Masjid Health Clinic vaccination centre (PPV) at Dewan Majma to monitor the vaccine rollout.

Abang Johari said it would be good for Sarawak to have a certain threshold in order for its economy to reopen as the state was not registering high number of cases.

“If our Covid-19 cases are low, we can reopen the economy and the people can put food on the table,” he said.

To a question, the chief minister said Sarawak was expecting to receive its supply of the CanSino vaccines, which is a single dose Covid-19 vaccine.

“Currently, we have three vaccines — Pfizer, Sinovac and AstraZeneca. We asked so that the CanSino vaccine is given as it has been allowed and is suitable for use in the rural areas,” he said.