Abang Johari: State govt does not take Wuhan coronavirus matter lightly

Posted on : 06 Feb 2020  Source of News: The Borneo Post

Abang Johari (third left, seated) with Uggah (left, seated) and GPS Supreme Council members pose prior to the news conference. – Photo by Chimon Upon

KUCHING: Sarawak remains free from the Wuhan coronavirus with eight cases pending test results but the state government does not take the matter lightly.

Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg said “we have decided that we must insulate our state” and that all foreigners must be screened upon entry.

“Those from the affected country (China) are not allowed to come to Sarawak,” he told a news conference after chairing the first Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) Supreme Council meeting this year at Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) headquarters here today.

Abang Johari said the Sarawak government had to buy a lot of devices such as the thermal scanner to be installed at all entry points across the state.

He said the Sarawak government had to bear the cost of such procurement.

“That will be on us, we have to buy it because the federal government only provides at international airports. But when we have to be cautious. We have decided to buy our own.”

Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas, who was also present, said not only were Chinese nationals barred from entering Sarawak, individuals who had recently been to China were banned as well.

“Any visitors who have visited China in the last 14 days are not allowed to enter. For Sarawakians who have visited China, when they come back, they must have self-quarantine for 14 days.

“We advise West Malaysians and Sabahans who have been to China to prevent from entering the state until the 14 days period,” added the State Disaster Management Committee chairman.

Abang Johari added that Chinese nationals, who are working in Sarawak, must also be quarantined.