Caring public extend appreciative hand to police and armed forces

ASP Wan Mohd Ali Wan Malik received some face mask from The Star photographer Zulazahar Sheblee.

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By Nancy Nais

KUCHING, Mar 24: It was heartening to see the humble smiles and faces of relief when donors with food, drinks, face masks and gloves approached these frontliners manning the road blocks in Sarawak’s capital.

The police together with the army have set up roadblocks nationwide to enforce the Movement Control Order (MCO) to curb the spread of Covid-19.

One of the commanding officers ASP Wan Mohd Ali Wan Malik who had four policemen and four army personnel with him at Jalan Abell roadblock thanked members of the public for their care and concern by dropping by to send them food and drinks.

“Alhamdulillah, we sincerely thank all of you who’ve kindly sent us meals while we’re on duty. However, please make sure you go home immediately after that,” he said when met this morning.

The 24-hours roadblock operation started on March 18 and will continue until March 31.

On the traffic flow, Wan Mohd Ali said so far they had not encountered any major problems.

“Members of the public are cooperating with the Order. Of course, we cannot stop them if they need to go out to buy take away food or to the bank. What we’ll do is advise these people to go home as soon as they’ve finished their errands.

“By 6pm onwards, traffic has basically cleared, with only one or two vehicles around, and by midnight everything is totally quiet. The community is very much aware of what is happening now and what we are experiencing. They understand the current situation,” he added. —DayakDaily

ASP Wan Mohd Ali Wan Malik at Jalan Abell roadblock.