4 civil servants arrested for flouting quarantine, 20 illegal immigrants caught trying to sneak into Sarawak

Uggah addressing a press conference on Covid-19 update.

By Karen Bong

KUCHING, Aug 18: Four civil servants have been arrested for breaking quarantine order, with one from Kanowit having cut off the wristband before completing the quarantine period.

State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) chairman Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas revealed that the police also arrested 20 Indonesians attempting to enter Malaysia illegally using the illegal route through oil palm plantation near to St Raymond school in Serian.

“All of them failed to produce personal identification documents and they were arrested under Immigration Act 1959/63 and have been detained at Tebedu Police Station for further actions,” he told a press conference on Covid-19 update here today.

The deputy chief minister added that police have also issued 11 compound notices throughout Sarawak for violations related to standard operating procedures (SOP).

“Of the compound notices issued, five were in Kuching, Padawan (2) and one each in Betong and Sarikei,” he said.

Under Ops Benteng with six roadblocks mounted in five districts of Lundu, Bau, Serian, Sri Aman and Lubok Antu, he revealed that a total of 1,767 vehicles had been inspected.

Uggah emphasised that the police will continue to enhance the SOP including wearing of face masks in public places.

Today, compliance checks have been carried out in 1,654 premises throughout Sarawak involving 156 supermarkets, restaurants (380), factories (8), banks (111), government offices (62), hawkers (49), markets (90), houses of worship (80), recreational areas (39), construction sites (17) and others (662).—DayakDaily