SOPs reduction gets thumbs-up

Assistant Minister in Chief Minister's Department (Islamic Affairs and DBKU) and Pantai Damai assemblyman Datuk Dr Abdul Rahman Junaidi (centre) cutting the ribbon to declare open the new futsal court in Kampung Pasir Panjang, Kuching. Photo: Mohd Alif Noni

By Siti Nurain Ratani

KUCHING: Assistant Minister in the Chief Minister’s Department (Islamic Affairs and DBKU) Datuk Dr Abdul Rahman Junaidi has welcomed the federal government’s decision to reduce the standard operating procedures (SOPs) for the National Rehabilitation Plan (NRP).

He said the federal government would reduce the number of NRP SOPs from 181 to only 10.

“There is no denying, sometimes we are confused about the new SOPs and also the old SOPs, and some are repeated.

“Therefore, this proposal is very good so that we can summarise the existing guidelines which makes it easier to be understood by the community,” he told the media after officiating at the handover of a Rural Transformation Project—a futsal court—at Kampung Pasir Panjang, on Wednesday (Sept 15).

Abdul Rahman, who is also the Pantai Damai assemblyman, added that the Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) was also refining the SOPs for the state.

“I have received information from SDMC chairman Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas that the guidelines will be re-evaluated and summarised and many new changes will be released within the next week.

“This effort will also give flexibility to the economic sector, social sector, religious sector and so on.

“I believe this proposal will definitely give relief to the community before facing the change from the pandemic phase to the endemic phase.”

Earlier, federal Senior Minister of Defence Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein announced that the government was now in the final stages of reducing the number of SOPs and this was expected to take two to three weeks.