Lu Yen Tung
KOTA KINABALU: Sabah State Government has the right to decide on what is best for the rakyat in the State, said Sabah MCA Chief Lu Yen Tung.
He said this in support of the State Government’s decision to relax the SOP for the Movement Control Order (MCO).
Sabah which is reffered to as a ‘territory’ has automous right and this means that the Chief Minister can implement a set of SOP that suits the State, he said in a statement today.
“What the National Security Council (NSC) should have done was to issue a new set of SOP (for Sabah) after the Chief Minister’s announcement.
“This would have prevented the confusion on Tuesday about whether dine-in at eateries was allowed,” said Lu.
Many of the eateries operators had made the necessary preparations to welcome dine in customers, he said lamenting that it was sad and disappointing to see those who are affected by the Covid-19 pandemic suffer more because of the confusion.
He said Sabah MCA fully supports Chief Minister Datuk Seri Panglima Hajiji Noor’s recent announcement of the State Government’s decision to relax the COVID-19 Standard Operating Procedure (SOP).
“The relaxation of the SOP under Phase 1 of the National Recovery Plan (NRP), included allowing some economic sectors to operate and social activities to be held,” he said.
Lu also suggested that should the daily infection of Covid-19 in Sabah be less than 300 cases for seven consequtive days, the NSC can devolve its authority to the Chief Minister to implement more recovery plans that are appropriate for Sabah.
“This is because only the State Government understands which sectors are important for economic development of Sabah,” he stressed.
Lu also suggested that the State Government set up a ‘one stop centre’ to process and issue all the necessary documents required to reopen for business or for inter-district travel.
This, he said, will ease the burden of the rakyat as they no longer have to go from one place to another when they need to apply for the permits.