10 foreigners nabbed without inter-zone travel permits

Police conducting checks on cars at a roadblock in this file photo.

KUCHING, Aug 12: Police arrested 10 Indonesian men at the roadblock mounted in Simunjan for failing to produce inter-zone travel permits today.

Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC), in a statement today, also reported that 17 compound notices related to violations of standard operating procedures (SOP) have also been issued throughout Sarawak.

Of the 17 compound notices issued, nine were in Kuching, three each in Kota Samarahan and Simunjan and one each in Betong and Sarikei.

Police also ordered one car to turn back at one of the roadblocks in Sri Aman and Simunjan for failing to produce inter-zone travel permits.

A total of 1,733 vehicles have passed through the two roadblocks, out of which 1,732 have obtained permissions from the police.

The roadblocks were set up following the inter-zone travel restrictions being imposed in Sarawak from Aug 1 to 14 to contain the spread of Covid-19.

Anyone who wants to travel between the zones must obtain permission from the police first and exemptions will be given for those on official duty, those who need to travel due to death or critical illness in the family or go for a medical check-up.

Zone 1 consisted of Kuching, Samarahan and Serian while Zone 2 covered Sri Aman, Betong, Sarikei, Sibu, Kapit, Mukah, Bintulu, Miri and Limbang.

Under Ops Benteng with six roadblocks mounted in five districts of Lundu, Bau, Serian, Sri Aman and Lubok Antu, a total of 875 vehicles had been inspected.

SDMC also reported that compliance checks were also carried out in 1,696 premises throughout Sarawak involving 176 supermarkets, restaurants (396), factories (12), banks (111), government offices (69), hawkers (53), markets (85), houses of worship (91), recreational areas (36), construction sites (15) and others (652).—DayakDaily