Border security remains priority during RMCO to control Covid-19: Sarawak CP

Rafhan (left) symbolically handing over his duties to Surdihan (right) as Aidi looks on.

By Malcolm Lau

KUCHING, June 16: Although more activities have been allowed to run during the Recovery Movement Control Order (RMCO) period, police and other authorities will continue to carry out patrols and enforcement to prevent the spread of the Covid-19.

“Police will continue setting up roadblocks at a few locations to prevent illegal immigrants (PATI) from entering Sarawak,” Sarawak Police Commissioner Datuk Aidi Ismail said after witnessing the handover of duties ceremony of the new Kota Samarahan district police chief on Tuesday morning.

“We set up roadblocks at seven locations in Sarawak to prevent PATI from entering,” Aidi said.

According to Aidi, police together with the other authorities such as RELA and army personnel will tighten enforcement at Sarawak’s entry points and also along illegal routes to prevent more PATI from entering the state.

“We had made two arrests where three locals and 13 PATI were caught during the RMCO,” Aidi added.

Aidi said that all PATI who were arrested would be treated as Person under Investigation (PUI) patient and be remanded at a quarantine centre. The PATI will be handed over to the immigration department after they complete their physical checkups.

“Monitoring teams had been deployed as well during RMCO to make sure all the premises such as restaurants and shops are following the Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) such as social distancing,” Aidi noted.

He pointed out that police and other authorities will work together and continue their duty at crowded premises such as banks to make sure that all the people are following the SOP outlined by the Sarawak Disaster Management Committee.

Aidi had earlier witnessed the handover of duties ceremony from  Kota Samarahan District Police Chief ASP Rafhan Kepli to DSP Surdihan Kram. —DayakDaily