By Jack Lapdius
THE Sarawak government has come under fire from several Gabungan Parti Sarawak leaders over the decision to allow food traders to operate from their house compound between 3pm to 10pm during Ramadhan.
They believe the new rule will defeat the purpose of the Movement Control Order (MCO) and demoralise the frontliners who are trying their best to curb the spread of Covid-19.
Assistant Minister of Local Government and Housing Dr Annuar Rapaee said it was unnecessary to let food traders to operate until 10pm.
“Those who go out later might not necessarily be buying food from these food traders and this will complicate the MCO,” he said in a statement.
He commented that by allowing takeaways, more people would leave their homes compared with getting their meals delivered through delivery services.
“Such services is better because it reduces contact.
“The fasting month is not just for us to eat and what more during this time of MCO,” he said.
Meanwhile, Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP) Women chief Kho Teck Wan said if the state government is serious about fighting the infectious disease, they must be strict and follow through with their plan to win the Covid-19 war.
“I oppose the decision of allowing home-based takeaway food to be sold until 10pm.
“Most people are at home these days and they can do their own cooking and therefore do not need takeouts,” she said.
Furthermore, she said home-based businesses are likely to operate on cash transactions.
“You can maintain social distancing by not shaking hands but the Ringgit notes and coins may be contaminated with the virus,” she said.