KUCHING: Sarawak should proceed with caution in entering Phase Three of the National Recovery Plan (NRP) to prevent any Covid-19 spike in the state, says the Dayak Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI).
Secretary-general Libat Langub said DCCI welcomed with mixed feelings the announcement that Sarawak would move into Phase Three on Wednesday (Aug 4).
"Although we look forward to the further reopening of business activities and easing of restrictions, the presence of the Delta variant and the high number of daily Covid-19 cases in some districts in Sarawak still pose a real and present challenge," he said when contacted on Tuesday (Aug 3).
As such, he said, the state government should adjust and review the standard operating procedure (SOP) under the NRP by taking into account the present local health conditions to ensure the safety of the people.
"DCCI urges the state government to disseminate clearly to the public, especially those in rural areas, information on Phase Three of the NRP and emerging issues such as the Delta variant, the need for vaccination and strict observance of SOP," he said.
Libat also called on the government to look into the plight of self-employed villagers and petty traders in rural areas who had lost their income during the pandemic.
"These informal unregistered traders are not captured in the authorities' radar for lack of documents and therefore do not benefit from the government's economic aid," he said.
Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin announced on Monday (Aug 2) that Sarawak, along with Perlis and Labuan, would enter Phase Three after meeting the required thresholds.
These include daily case numbers of below 2,000 and 40% of the population fully vaccinated.