SOP relaxations — Not a ‘ticket’ to violate govt directives

Datuk Dr Abdul Rahman Junaidi

KUCHING: Datuk Dr Abdul Rahman Junaidi has lauded the recent announcement made by Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin on the relaxations of standard operating procedure (SOP) for those who are fully vaccinated.

The Assistant Minister in the Chief Minister’s Department (Islamic Affairs & DBKU) stated that the relaxation is one of the efforts to relieve the community from the stressful effects of the pandemic.

However, he pointed out that this is not a ‘ticket’ for the community to move freely or violate directives from the government.

“The SOP set by the government still needs to be strictly adhered to.

“Even though inter-state travelling is permitted for states that have progressed in the National Recovery Plan (NRP), the community still need to prioritise and evaluate the importance of a trip.

“If the trip that they intend to make is not of great importance, it is best to postpone it in order to avoid the transmission of the virus,” he said when contacted on Monday (Aug 9).

Dr Abdul Rahman noted that the relaxations can also be seen as a means of encouraging the community to get themselves fully vaccinated.

In saying this, he highlighted the relaxations outlined that the community must present their vaccination digital certificate for entrance to premises or to travel.

“There are still a percentage of the community who are not taking vaccination seriously and view it as not important. They may have been influenced by social media,” he said.

When asked whether Sarawak will adapt the relaxations, Dr Abdul Rahman said the decision is to be made by the Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC).