Sabah inter-district travel ban: Movement allowed between neighbouring Keningau, Tambunan, Sook and Nabawan


KOTA KINABALU: Those who live and work in the neighbouring districts of Keningau, Tambunan, Nabawan and Sook can breathe a sigh of relief as they are allowed to ply back and forth without a letter from their employers.

Keningau OCPD Deputy Supt Shahrudin Mat Husain confirmed this on Saturday (Oct 3).

As of Saturday, travel restrictions between districts in the state became effective until Oct 16, not including the four red-zone districts in the east coast (Lahad Datu, Kunak, Tawau, Semporna).

All located in the interior division of Sabah, Tambunan and Nabawan are respectively one hour’s drive from Keningau town, while Sook is about 40mins away.

“There is no need for travel letters in areas within Keningau, Tambunan, Sook and Nabawan.

“A letter from the employer is only needed for those working outside these areas, for example, they reside in Tambunan but work in Kota Kinabalu.

“Any changes will be based on standard operating procedure (SOP) updates issued by the government, from time to time, ” he said.

On Friday (Oct 2), Sabah Police Commissioner Datuk Hazani Ghazali said residents from Kota Kinabalu, Penampang and Putatan may travel within these three districts without any restrictions.

Many workers are living outside Kota Kinabalu jurisdiction, like neighbouring Penampang or Putatan which are less than 30mins away.

Meanwhile in a separate statement in Sandakan, Malaysia Crime Prevention Foundation (MCPF) Sabah chapter chairman Tan Sri Liew Sui Fatt urged the people to be patient and follow the regulations.

At the same time, he expressed hope that the state administration and police would be flexible to employees who are required to make daily trips between districts.

Liew, who is also United Sabah Chinese Chambers And Commerce president, said on Saturday (Oct 3) after paying a courtesy call to Sandakan OCPD Asst Comm Mohd Azhar Hamin at the district police headquarters to discuss on the travel ban, which affected workers in the plantation sector as well.

He said companies should cooperate with the order by preparing complete documents for their staff to prove of their work requirements to travel cross districts.

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