Be careful, vigilant this Hari Raya, says S’wak police commissioner to road users

Mancha (second left) handing a food packet to a police officer stationed at the police roadblock along the Kuching-Kota Samarahan Expressway on April 6, 2024.

By Wilfred Pilo

KUCHING, April 7: Road users have been urged to put their safety and others first while travelling to their respective destinations this coming Hari Raya Aidilfitri.

According to Sarawak police commissioner Datuk Mancha Ata, he also advised road users to use good judgement and to adhere to the law in an effort to reduce road accidents and fatality rates.


“Always check your vehicles thoroughly before travelling, rest when tired, and monitor the weather conditions as this could affect your driving,” he said.

He said this to reporters during a working visit to a police roadblock along the Kuching-Kota Samarahan Expressway in conjunction with a breaking of fast programme with officers from the Kota Samarahan Police District Headquarters (IPD) within the vicinity of La Promenade yesterday (April 6).

Mancha elaborated that the roadblock is part of ‘Op Selamat’, which aims to reduce accidents and remind road users to be more alert during the festival period.

The operation, which will last until April 13, will involve 700 police personnel who will be deployed to 49 ‘hot spots’ and areas prone to accidents, as well as patrolling residential areas.

He explained that burglary cases in residential areas during festive seasons like Hari Raya could be avoided if residents cooperated with the police.

Therefore, Mancha advised members of the public to inform their nearest police station so that the police could easily monitor burglary activities and patrol the residential area.

“When the house is left unattended, it will be vulnerable during this long holiday period, so if the police had been informed earlier that the owners are not at home, then they could carry out patrolling,” he said.

His deputy, Datuk Ibrahim Darus, was also present. — DayakDaily