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Uggah: Approval letters from relevant state ministries ‘will do’ to pass through roadblocks
Tarikh : 07 Jun 2021  Sumber Berita: Then Borneo Post

KUCHING (June 7): Workers in the state only need to obtain approval letters from the relevant state ministries to pass through roadblocks, said Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas.

Uggah, who is Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) chairman, said there was no need for workers to get approval letters from Kuala Lumpur.

“All approval letters to pass through the police roadblocks in the state will be done by the relevant ministries in the state,” he said when responding to the statement by Inspector General of Police Datuk Acryl Sani Abdullah Sani that beginning tomorrow, the police would only accept approval letters issued by six federal ministries and certain agencies at their roadblocks nationwide.

Uggah listed five state ministries where those needing approvals could obtain such letters specific to the scope or nature of their work or to send in their appeals.

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

He said the sectors allowed to operate are indicated in the state’s MCO SOP dated May 29 (updated on May 31) 2021. 

However, Uggah said it was very much SDMC’s stance that people should stay home unless they have very compelling reasons to go out.

By staying home, they would help curb the spread of Covid-19 within the community, he said.

“People are only allowed to go out to perform their official duties, carrying out essential services or to do their work in relation to essential services.

“However, they need to obtain police permits or letters from their employers,” Uggah said.

For those who need to buy food, daily necessities, medicine and dietary provisions, they are only allow to shop within a 10-kilometre radius from their residence, he said.

Meanwhile, the police will allow those having health or Covid-19 vaccination appointments to proceed through roadblocks, said Uggah.