Lorries transporting essential goods are still allowed to pass through Brunei Darussalam, provided they fill in online application forms via the country’s immigration website, said Sarawak Deputy Minister of Transport Hasbi Habibollah, Malaysian newspapers reported.
Hasbi explained that drivers in these lorries are required to fill in the forms after the Brunei government announced recently that it sealed off all air and land entry points into the country as a measure to curb the COVID-19 spread.
“Lorry drivers transporting essential goods need to register online through the country’s website. They must be honest by transporting only essential goods in respect of the neighbouring country’s decision,” he said.
Hasbi, who is also Limbang MP, added that the Commercial Vehicle Licensing Board (LPKP) Sarawak and Malaysian Immigration Department can be contacted for further information.
As for emergency cases, Hasbi said Brunei is still allowing ambulance transporting patients from Limbang and Lawas to pass through their borders.
Meanwhile, Assistant Minister of Agriculture, Native Land and Regional Development Datuk Dr Abdul Rahman Ismail said the decision undertaken by Brunei was an initiative to prevent the further spread of COVID-19.
“The ban was meant to stop Malaysians in general to enter their country, as they took drastic measures to stop the COVID-19 spread,” he said.
Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office and Minister of Finance and Economy II Dato Seri Setia Dr Awang Haji Mohd Amin Liew bin Abdullah recently said that there is no restriction for transporting goods through land to Brunei Darussalam from neighbouring states for the purpose of trade or delivery of goods.
“The Sarawak government has given its cooperation and allows any company in this country and outside Brunei (that enter and exit) to send goods through checkpoint for trade,” he said.
Dato Seri Setia Dr Awang Haji Mohd Amin Liew was responding to a media query on application from transport companies (domestically and abroad) on claims that their goods had been stopped at the checkpoint last Wednesday, following control of movement made by Malaysia and a travel ban for Bruneians to neighbouring state following the virus outbreak.
“Companies from Sarawak wishing to send goods through Brunei Darussalam via land route are also allowed to conduct the operation. Companies from both countries must follow transit law enforced by the agencies,” the minister added.