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The National Professors Council (MPN) today denied that it had issued a statement over the proclamation of emergency. Its president Prof Datuk Dr Raduan Che Ros, said MPN accepted and upheld the Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah’s decree on the emergency proclamation. “MPN has held a meeting involving constitutional and political science experts to look into matters related to the proclamation of emergency and the views are based on the scholars’ point of view, knowledge and wisdom. “However, MPN through the meeting also raised some issues that may be given attention, to provide the check and balance to ensure government transparency during the emergency period,” he said in a statement here. Meanwhile, Raduan called on Malaysians regardless of their background and political affiliation to work together to ensure that the emergency achieved its objectives of containing the COVID-19 pandemic. He said MPN also urged the economic agenda to be further enhanced and the well-being of the people to be well taken care of. Last Monday, Al-Sultan Abdullah proclaimed an emergency that would be enforced up to Aug 1 as a proactive measure to contain the worsening COVID-19 pandemic in Malaysia. His Majesty decreed that the emergency be in force up to that date, or earlier if the number of positive COVID-19 cases can be effectively controlled and reduced. Source: BERNAMA News Agency COVID-19: Sibu division to come under 14-day MCO from Saturday

The Sarawak government has decided to enforce the Movement Control Order (MCO) for the Sibu Division for 14 days from this Saturday (Jan 16) until Jan 29.

The State Disaster Management Committee (JPBN) in a statement here today said the decision was taken due to the spike in COVID-19 cases in the division the last several days.

According to the statement, the MCO covers the Sibu, Kanowit and Selangau districts.

“The standard operating procedures (SOPs) related to this MCO will be made known to the public tomorrow. The Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) for the Sarikei Division is being maintained,” the statement said.

Meanwhile, JPBN in the statement also announced that all Malaysians and non-Malaysians planning to enter Sarawak from the peninsula, Sabah and Labuan are required to undergo RT-PCR screening three days before entering the state.

“The test result must be negative (to be allowed to enter Sarawak) and must be submitted with the enterSarawak application. This directive is effective Jan 16,” said the statement.

Today, Sarawak recorded three-digits new positive COVID-19 cases for the fourth straight day in a row with 180 cases reported, which is the highest daily number reported thus far.

The figure brought Sarawak’s tally of positive COVID-19 cases to 1,920.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency

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