KOTA KINABALU — June 3, 2020: Chief Minister Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal had to scramble today to make it clear again that all Malaysians are welcomed to come to Sabah without having to first be quarantined for two weeks on arrival so long as they are certified free of the Covid-19 virus.
This clarification is consistent with his statement yesterday after State Secretary Datuk Safar Untong earlier today made a statement to contradict Shafie by saying that the decision to open doors to Malaysians was strictly for those working or have work to do in Sabah, not for a social visit or tourism.
Shafie yesterday sounded so welcoming, adding that it was hoped that the decision would help boost domestic tourism in line with the reopening of hotels in the state to help curb the spread of the virus.
“All can come,” declared Shafie to clarify and reassure.
Also today, state Health director Datuk Dr. Christina Rundi said her department has been receiving many queries on this.
The department requires the rt-PCR test for Covid-19, with the results to be obtained from a laboratory three to seven days before arriving in the state. Upon arrival everyone must fill in a medical declaration.
Arrivals will then be screened and if symptom of the problem is found they will be allowed in.
However, arrivals without the Covid-19 laboratory tests will be quarantined.