Douglas Uggah

KUCHING: Sarawak Smallholders whose estates are located not within the district they are in are required to obtain permit for inter-district travel from their respective district offices.

State disaster management committee chairman Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas said this was to prevent them from being questioned at roadblock inspections conducted throughout the movement control order (MCO) period.

“For smallholders in Kuching whose estates are in the Bau district, they must obtain the permit,” he told a press conference at Wisma Bapa Malaysia here yesterday.

Uggah who is also Deputy Chief Minister said the state government also planned to allow all farmers’ market in the state to resume operations to enable farmers to sell their produce directly to consumers.

“What’s important is that all of us must abide by the MCO rules and the matter (re-opening of farmers’ markets) will be discussed with the Federal Agricultural Marketing Authority (Fama).

On preparations to cope with a possible Covid-19 third wave, he said several strategic actions such as disinfection exercise would be carried out at locations that had been identified by the National Security Council.

Meanwhile, Uggah said Sarawak today recorded 32 new positive Covid-19 cases, bringing the total number of cases to 188.

He said of the total number of positive cases, 31 were from Kuching and one from Kota Samarahan, adding that most of the positive cases reported today were from those who underwent screening at the Youth and Sports Complex here.

Uggah also advised those who have been in close contact with Covid-19 positive cases to undergo health screening to break the chain of infection in the community. – Bernama