CM: Sarawak to abide by NSC's decision on MCO extension


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  • Thursday, 09 Apr 2020

KUCHING: Sarawak will comply with the National Security Council's (NSC) decision should it decide to extend the movement control order (MCO) beyond April 14, says Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg (pic).

The Chief Minister said the state would follow suit even though the Covid-19 situation in Sarawak was under control.

"Based on reports we have received, the MCO enforcement in Sarawak is going well and the situation on the ground is under control.

"In other words, we can control the spread of Covid-19. But we have to abide by the decision of the NSC," he told a press conference after chairing a state security council meeting here on Thursday (April 9).

Abang Johari said the state government was giving its input on the situation in Sarawak to the NSC.

"We are updating them about our situation here during the NSC's meetings, which are attended by me or a deputy chief minister.

"So far, so good. They give us some leeway to decide what we should do in Sarawak," he said.

The MCO came into effect on March 18 to curb the spread of Covid-19 and is now in its second phase, which is scheduled to end on April 14.

The Government is expected to announce on Friday (April 10) whether it will be further extended.

Abang Johari also said Sarawak would enhance its border security to ensure that no foreign citizens entered the state during the MCO period.

"What we are worried about is the 'jalan tikus' (illegal border crossing routes), so we will step up monitoring and control in these areas," he said.

On another matter, he said the state's order of two million face masks from China had arrived and would be handed over to the state disaster management committee for distribution to the public.

"The masks will be distributed free to 520,647 heads of households in all divisions and districts, with priority given to the red zones," he said.

Kuching and Kota Samarahan are the two areas categorised as red zones in Sarawak with 188 and 52 Covid-19 cases respectively as of 4.30pm Wednesday (April 8).

Red zones are areas with over 40 cases.

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