The Borneo Post (Sabah)

CMCO better option for Sarawak


The Conditiona­l Movement Control Order (CMCO) in Sarawak will continue to be enforced from April 13-26, said State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) chairman Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas.

He said following discussion­s with the National Security Council (MKN), five districts namely Kuching, Miri, Meradong, Bintulu, and Sibu will be under CMCO and not under the Movement Control Order (MCO) which was initially announced by the council on Wednesday.

“At the same time, SDMC will also continue to enforce the Enhanced Movement Control Order (EMCO) at high-risk areas in the state,” he told a press conference here yesterday.

Uggah’s clarificat­ion came following Wednesday’s confusion over whether the five districts in Sarawak had been placed under MCO, after MKN uploaded an infographi­c on Facebook which said Kuching, Miri, Meradong, Bintulu, and Sibu would be placed under MCO from April 16-29.

It was taken down moments later but by then, the infographi­c had gone viral after was widely shared on social media.

Uggah said based on Sarawak’s experience, the implementa­tion of CMCO with clear standard operating procedures (SOPs) and strict enforcemen­t was more effective in reducing and stopping the spread of Covid-19 in the state.

“One of the main concerns of SDMC should MCO be enforced is the effectiven­ess of enforcemen­t in a wider area.

“This is based on our recent MCO experience in Sibu from Feb 15 to March 1,” he explained.

The Deputy Chief Minister said it is easier to manage and enforce CMCO, especially in confined and concentrat­ed areas.

“At the same time, when village and longhouse areas are affected, these areas will be placed under lockdown immediatel­y.

“This has and will assist the security or enforcemen­t to implement movement control effectivel­y,” he said.

He said SDMC had previously declared two EMCO at the flats at Sibujaya and Rumah Sentosa in Sibu as well as at 152 longhouses.

“To date, 144 EMCOs have ended while another 10 are still placed under EMCO,” he added.

He said with this approach, the EMCOs successful­ly managed to reduce the number of positive cases and curb the spread of Covid-19 infections in the affected areas without burdening economic activities in other areas.

In Sarawak, SDMC has implemente­d a total of 487 EMCOs since January this year and 401 have ended.

A total of 77,303 individual­s under the EMCO areas have been screened of which 4,573 were found positive.

SDMC has also delegated authority to its Divisional Disaster Management Committees (DDMCs) to conduct infection risk assessment in their respective divisions.

They are to recommend the most appropriat­e SOPs to curb transmissi­on and infections in those divisions.

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