Sabah opens all entry gates to revive the economy sector

By TIN Media | Sabah Published 8 months ago on 6 June 2020
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The decision by the government to open all entrances at Sabah intends to revive the economy sector affected by the COVID-19 pandemic following the introduction of the Movement Control Order (MCO) on 18 March 2020.

However, Sabah chief minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal said that authorization was subject to the person's level of health who would need a letter from the Ministry of Health confirming they are free of the COVID-19 virus.

"Previously, we did not encourage them to come (to Sabah) no matter whether they were positive or negative (COVID-19) but now, we are allowing them whether for business, to teach, look for jobs, civil servants and non-civil servants or for holiday, it's up to them, what’s important is that we need to know if they are positive or negative COVID-19,'' he said.

He said after launching the SabahTrace application at the Sabah State Administrative Centre here.

Mohd Shafie said this graduated approach would revive demand in the hotel sector and at the same time help to generate income in the other sectors involved in e-hailing, agriculture, and ecosystems since businesses were authorized were allowed on 9 May.

Mohd Shafie said, on the SabahTrace application 4,446 state premises were registered on 2 June after it was introduced on 18 May and that 267,775 entry registrations had been registered using the application.

He said that each time users entered the premises using a QR code, they will need to fill up their names, phones numbers, and body temperature. The user's information would be stored in their app for a month. 

He said the application developed by the state government department through digital technology and data analysis was part of an effort to improve contact detection capabilities (COVID-19).

In a related development, Mohd Shafie said under the state government's 'Sabah We Care COVID-19' package, RM158,409,586 was donated to 760,454 recipients comprising various agencies, departments and ministries impacted by the MCO and the Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO).


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