Civil servants, essential workers allowed to travel without police permits

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KUCHING: Civil servants and those in essential services do not need to apply for police permits for inter-district travel, said Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah.

He said they only need to show their department pass or authorisation letters from their employers when asked during their commute between work and home.

“Civil servants and those in essential services who have to travel between districts to go to work, like Kuching-Samarahan, Kuching-Serian or Bau-Kuching only need to show their department passes or authorisation letter from employers to travel between districts,” he said in a press conference yesterday.

Uggah, who is also Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) chairman, said however for those in other sectors or non-essential services who have to travel between districts to go to work, still need to apply for police permits.

Meanwhile, he said Sarawakians returning from the peninsula, Sabah or Labuan to their houses in rural areas like Bario, Mulu or Long Lama need to be tested and quarantined at quarantine centres first.

He said this was because these rural areas do not have medical facilities to screen for Covid-19.

“They must be quarantined at quarantine centres and get tested first.

“If their test results are negative then they are allowed to go home (in the rural areas),” said Uggah.