Sarawak issues new rule to enter state

Sarawak DCM Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah. (FMT Pic)

THOSE wishing to travel to Sarawak need to get a police permit before applying to the Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) for final approval.

Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah said the rule applied for all Malaysians, including Sarawakians.

According to the Borneo Post, the committee chairman said without the police permit, SDMC will not approve the applications of those who want to enter Sarawak.

Uggah said upon getting police permission, travellers who want to enter Sarawak need to make an online application to SDMC via, at least 12 hours before entering the state.

On the same note, he said the state government will continue to enforce strict restrictions and screen all applications to enter the state, due to the fact that many large Covid-19 cluster cases in Sarawak were brought in by those arriving from overseas or other states in the country.

“Realising that reality, we are discouraging people from going back to their hometowns for Gawai or Hari Raya,” he added.

He said another 49 cases were brought in from other states, whereby 39 originated from the Sri Petaling cluster of which seven were detected in Debak, Betong.

For the Kuching Conference cluster, Uggah said 68 out of the 190 cases were detected outside Kuching, including 55 in Samarahan, nine in Serian, two in Miri and one each in Sri Aman and Bintulu.