KOTA KINABALU: Businesses that were given permission to operate can continue to operate even though Sabah is not adopting the conditional movement control order (MCO), says Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Seri Wilfred Madius Tangau.
He said all companies and industries that have been given permission to operate in the earlier phases of the MCO can continue their businesses using the standard operating procedure outlined by the Health Department.
"We understand the importance of the economy for the growth of the nation and for people to go back to their daily lives. But let us wait for a safer health environment with no new cases," said Tangau.
He said this on Sunday (May 3) when commenting on Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal's decision not to adopt the federal decision on the conditional MCO on Monday (May 4).
Since the implementation of the MCO on Mar 18, the state government
has allowed the inter-district movement of farms produces and fishery products among other food related matters and oil and gas, oil palm plantation and mills have been allowed to operate.
Additionally, workshops, tyre shops, stationery shops, fertiliser shops, electrical and electronic shops, pet shops have been allowed to operate for three days a week.
He said that Japan's Hokkaido had to reinstate a movement control order after it was hit by a second wave of Covid-19 infection when the island lifted the controls early.
"Sabah is making the decision, prioritising the protection of human lives," he said.
Describing it as a right move by Shafie not to adopt the conditional MCO, state Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Phoong Jiun Tze reminded Sabahans that indoor and outdoor activities were not allowed until May 12.
"I would like to urge Sabahan to continue to stay at home. No outdoor and indoor sports activities will be allowed until May 12. No jogging outside. No cycling.
No tennis. No badminton. No golf. Just stay at home," he said responding to enquiries on whether outdoor sports activities wil be allowed over the next few days.
"I am convinced and impressed that this is the right call to make by
the state government for the well-being of all Sabahans. As such, I urge all Sabahans to adhere fully to this decision," he added.
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