Stay safe when at longhouses

Uggah speaks at the event. Photo: JaPen

KUCHING: Those planning to return to their villages and longhouses in the interior regions of the state following the recent relaxation of inter-district travel restrictions are strongly advised to take the strict precautions.

The Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) recently announced that a police permit would no longer be required for inter-district travel in Sarawak, effective Oct 6 onwards.

Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas, who is also SDMC chairman, said the relaxation was made following a downward trend in positive cases.

“People are now free to move around. But it is in their best interest that they continue to observe our standard operating procedures (SOPs) zealously,” he stressed.

He said during a thanksgiving ceremony organised by the Unit for Other Religions (Unifor) in conjunction with the 85th birthday celebration of Head of State Tun Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud on Friday (Oct 8).

He explained that many of the cases in the interior areas had been imported from the urban areas.

“So when you go back, please take care. We hope you take the Covid-19 self-test before you set out on your journey.

“This is the least you can do to protect our grandpas, grandmas, parents, aunties, uncles, and the young ones from Covid-19,” said Uggah.

He urged those returning to their villages and longhouses to use their face masks, observe physical distancing, avoid close conversation and social gatherings.

He also said the state government was in discussion with the federal government on the proposal to administer the third booster dose (booster) of the Covid-19 vaccine, especially for senior citizens and persons with comorbidities.