Thumbs-up to phase 2 transitions

Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah.

KUCHING: Sarawak’s transition to Phase 2 of the National Recovery Plan (NRP) is good news to everyone, views Sarawak Tourism, Arts and Culture Minister Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah.

“We can certainly ex­pect the re­ open­ ing of more econ­omy activities, as long as they com­ ply with Covid-19 stan­dard op­er­at­ing pro­ce­dures (SOPs),” he said on Wednesday.

Abdul Karim said it was still crucial that SOPs be observed to continue flattening the infection curve.

“Thankfully un­der Phase 2 of the NRP, many sec­tors would grad­u­ally re­open, in­clud­ing con­struc­tion sites, but we continue to call upon the peo­ple to re­main vig­i­lant.”

The Sarawak Disaster Management Committee recently announced the transition to Phase 2, joining other states that have already made the move.

The decision was made together with the National Security Council as Sarawak had achieved the three main indicators required to make the shift.

This meant the reopening of several economic sectors that had been closed since the start of the movement control order (MCO) on May 29.

Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob on Wednesday said the country was expected to move into Phase 2 of the NRP in early August.