Sarawak Close The Border, The Citizens Have Food Shortages

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Gubernur Kaltara saat di Krayan, perbatasan Indonesia Malaysia
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NUSASDAILY.COM – TANJUNG SELOR – Residents of the rural communities of Milinau Regency, to be precise Long Midang Village, Krayan District, North Kalimanatan, have experienced a crisis of basic needs after the closure of the border by Sarawak, Malaysia, due to COVID-19.

Responding to this, the Governor of North Kalimantan, Dr.Irianto Lambrie, immediately wrote to the Malaysian side.


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“We have sent an official letter asking the Chief Minister of Sabah to help open the border which was closed due to COVID-19,” said Kaltara Governor Irianto Lambrie in Tanjung Selor, Monday.

The Governor of Kaltara responded to this through letter Number; 510/1161 / DPPK-UKM / GUB dated 17 July 2020, regarding a request to open an entry route to the Krayan Indonesia-Serawak border, Malaysia.

“By telephone, the Chief Minister of Sarawak Datuk Patinggi, Abang Johari Tun Openg, is in principle ready to accommodate one of the points of the governor’s letter. Related to requests for supplies of staple goods in border areas, especially for Krayan, Nunukan Regency, “he said.

In essence, they asked for a list of items that we need. The proposed needs are still being formulated along with a list of the quantity.

Three Priority Needs

There are three priority needs, namely daily staples, fuel oil (BBM), and building materials.

“We submitted this letter because it accommodates the hopes of the people in Krayan who have difficulty getting their basic needs, which have been from Sarawak. And since some time recently it was closed, “he said.

Irianto ordered the relevant regional apparatus organization to immediately follow up on the request from the Chief Minister of Sarawak. “So that what is the hope of the people in Krayan can be realized,” he said.

If the goods were imported from Tarakan or Nunukan, it would take a long time and a limited carrying capacity. The option of requesting support from the Malaysian state is one of the best options.

Regarding the 1970 Border Trade Agreement (BTA) transaction value of 600 Malaysian Ringgit (RM) which has not yet been revised, the information has been formulating the latest Minister of Trade Regulation (Permendag) resulting from the ratification of the Sosek-Malindo bilateral agreement.

Unlike Sarawak, for the cross-border trade of Kaltara-Sabah, it has been reported to have returned to normal since May 2020, by prioritizing strict health protocols. (han)

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