Approval letters from state ministries enough for Sarawak

Police and the army manning a roadblock during the MCO. – The Star photo.

By S. Harrish

THOSE travelling for work in Sarawak only need to get letters from the relevant state ministries during the movement control order (MCO) and not from Federal ministries.

Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Douglas Amar Uggah said the approval letters can be shown at police roadblocks in the state.

He said this in response to a statement by IGP Datuk Acryl Sani Abdullah Sani that beginning tomorrow, the police will only accept approval letters issued by six federal ministries and certain agencies at their roadblocks nationwide.

Uggah said five state ministries will issue such letters.

They are the Ministry of Agriculture Modernisation, Native Land and Regional Development, Ministry of Local Government and Housing, Ministry of Infrastructure and Port Development, Ministry of Transport and Ministry of International Trade and Industry, Industrial Terminal and Entrepreneur Development.

It will be issued based on the state’s SOP that was revised on May 31.

However, he said people should stay home unless they have very compelling reasons to go out.

Uggah said people were only allowed to go out to perform their official duties or carry out essential services.