Orang ramai dinasihatkan untuk terus bersabar untuk merentas daerah dan negeri, lebih-lebih lagi untuk pulang ke kampung sempena perayaan Aidiladha sekurang-kurangnya sehingga negara berjaya mencapai imuniti kelompok menjelang Oktober atau November nanti.
Do not bypass police roadblocks to ‘balik kampung’ using ‘lorong tikus’ (back roads) during the upcoming Hari Raya Aidiladha festivities, says Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob.
He said the Covid-19 clusters triggered from ‘balik kampung’ visits during Hari Raya Aidilfitri in May should serve as a grim reminder to the public not to repeat their interstate or inter-district road trips.
“The travel ban (district and state) is still in place under the current Phase 1 and Phase 2 of the National Recovery Plan (NRP). No ‘balik kampung’ travel is allowed for Aidiladha and the public must comply with the standard operating procedures.
“In Terengganu, a whole family was infected. There were numerous deaths caused by these clusters, with similar cases also having occurred in Kelantan,” he said.
Ismail Sabri was speaking to reporters after visiting the Sultan Haji Ahmad Shah Silver Jubilee Hall vaccination centre (PPV) here today.
He said the surge in ‘balik kampung’ clusters during Aidilfitri which led to deaths should serve as a grim reminder to the public.
“We should take the cue from these incidents. Although some people managed to cleverly bypass police roadblocks to return to their hometowns, they could not escape Covid-19,” he said.
Ismail Sabri said he was told that some unscrupulous quarters were disseminating last year’s news articles on interstate and inter-district travel for Aidiladha.
“No permission has been granted this year and no travelling is allowed. Do not take any chances as we do not want any increase in cases,” he said.
He urged the public to remain patient as once the country achieves herd immunity, travel restrictions would eventually be lifted under Phase 3 and Phase 4 of the NRP.
“We are committed to ensuring that everyone is vaccinated. Once we achieve herd immunity, then people can travel so let’s be patient,” he said.
In May, Ismail Sabri, who then served as the senior minister (security cluster), said some 200,000 people defied the interstate travel ban to return to their respective hometowns during Aidilfitri.
He said some of these people had abused their work permission letters or used emergencies as an excuse to obtain police permission letters to bypass roadblocks.
Source : KOSMO