The Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM)-led Sabah State Government has defied the National Security Council’s Standard Operating Procedure which disallows dine-ins.
It’s Chief Minister, Datuk Seri Hajiji Noor in a statement today said, Sabah stands by an earlier announcement that allows dine-in.
He said, the state government’s directive allowing this effective June 29 is still in force.
“This is our stand,” Hajiji said in the brief statement.
A Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) effective today, 10th July was released by the Sabah’s National Security Council yesterday (9th July).
It mentions that takeaways, drive-thrus and deliveries are permitted, but was silent on dinining-in.
This caused further confusion among the eatery operators and consumers.
Most of the restaurants and coffeeshops only offered takeaway services this morning, before the Chief Minister’s announcement.
For the record, Sabah on 28th June announced that dine-ins are allowed beginning 29th June.
This triggered the then Senior Minister, Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob, who lashed out publicly, telling states that it has no power to loosen its SOP.
Sabah’s Covid-19 spokesperson, Datuk Seri Masidi Manjun then admitted that Sabah’s new set of proposed SOPs were yet to be approved by the Federal Government.
In the midst of the confusion, the Mayor of the Kota Kinabalu City Hall (DBKK) and President of the Sandakan Municipal Council (MPS) issued a public statement allowing dine-in, on the 5th and 6th of June respectively.
For the record, Hajiji the Sabah Chief Minister is a Bersatu-man, while Ismail Sabri the Deputy Prime Minister is an UMNO-man.
The two parties are said to be in loggerheads, following UMNO’s withdrawal of support for Bersatu Prime Minister Tan Sri Mahiaddin Md. Yasin.