Call to re-impose inter-district travel ban as Sarawak’s Covid-19 cases rise

The roadblock mounted during the MCO in Kuching last year. – Bernama photo

By Emma Victoria

DAP SERIAN chairman has urged the state government to re-impose the inter-district travel ban to curb the spread of Covid-19.

Brolin Nicholsion said such move can limit the inter-district travel and movement of people from a red zone to green zones.

“Besides, this can also avoid unnecessary travel, such as those in Kuching would prefer to travel to Serian to search for durians or places for to eat as they feel unsafe to move around in Kuching.

“But, they don’t realize that they might also be spreading the virus and infecting people living in the green zone,” he said in a statement.

He said when a police permit is required, it’d be easier for the authorities to keep track of movement between districts.

“Allow only those who travel for work and business purposes, otherwise, the virus will continue to spread further,” he added.

He said it is time that the GPS government prioritise Sarawakians’ interests and not rely on the Federal government.

He also called on the Sarawak government to focus on helping the SMEs hit by the pandemic and to revive the economy instead of focussing on the 12th Sarawak state election.

“Many Sarawakians are currently struggling to put food on the table for their families and this can lead to some criminal cases .

“Inject more financial support for the people and not a window-dressing initiative that eventually does not bring any effect to the livelihoods of Sarawakians,” he said.

Sarawak’s new daily Covid-19 cases have been hovering in the three-digit number for around two weeks. As of yesterday, only 11 of the state’s 40 districts were still classified as green zones.