SOP to be announced today

Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg

KUCHING: The state government’s standard operating procedure (SOP) during the conditional movement control order (CMCO) will be announced today.

Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg confirmed this during his press conference to announce the Sarawakku Sayang Special Assistance (BKSS) 3.0 yesterday.

He was fielding a question on the imposition of the latest state government gazette, which requires business operators to notify the Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) in writing if they wish to resume operation prior to May 12.

The gazette, published on May 4 and signed by Local Government and Housing Minister Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian, is in line with the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases (Measures within Infected Local Areas) (No 5) Regulations 2020.

Earlier, Bandar Kuching MP Dr Kelvin Yii raised a few questions on the implementation of the gazette, one of which is whether the word ‘notify in writing’ translates to seeking SDMC’s approval.

“So, does it mean businesses can just notify when they intend to resume? Or do they need wait for approval from SDMC? If there is an approval process, how long does it take?

“Does this only apply in certain zones, or are they also (allowed) to operate in red zones? At end of the day, this for me is poor communication and it again leaves the business community and general public in confusion,” he said in a statement yesterday.