Sarawak businesses hail state's decision not to impose MCO


KUCHING: The state government's decision not to impose the movement control order in five districts in Sarawak will benefit the economy and livelihoods, says the Associated Chinese Chambers of Commerce and Industry of Sarawak (ACCCIS).

Welcoming the move, ACCCIS said the state's economy would face a severe blow should another round of the MCO be enforced.

"More stimulus packages would be required if any MCO is declared, failing which a wave of business closures and massive unemployment would be inevitable, eventually translating into social problems.

"We understand that this is a rather difficult decision as the government needs to strike a balance between the economy or livelihood of the people and public health," ACCCIS said in a statement on Friday (April 16).

On Thursday (April 15), Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas announced that following discussions with the National Security Council, it was decided that Kuching, Sibu, Bintulu, Miri and Meradong would not be placed under the MCO.

Instead, the five districts will remain under the conditional MCO until April 26 along with the rest of the state.

However, enhanced MCO will be imposed in high-risk areas or hotspots and the divisional disaster management committees are empowered to fine-tune standard operating procedures (SOP) in their respective divisions.

ACCCIS called on business operators and the public to play their part in fighting the pandemic by strictly observing SOP.

"We hope the people will appreciate the good intention of the government to allow economic activities to continue," it said.

The organisation also appealed to Sarawakians to register for Covid-19 vaccination in order to achieve herd immunity.

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