Covid-19: More security personnel to be deployed to monitor cross-border security

The Tebedu border checkpoint. - file pic

By Karen Bong

KUCHING, Oct 14: More security personnel will be deployed to enhance the current manpower in monitoring and controlling cross-border movement in Merapok and Sidumin including along illegal routes.

State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) chairman Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas stressed that movement through Merapok and Sidumin must be tightened given the recent spike in Covid-19 cases especially in Sabah.

“Strict and frequent patrols will also be enhanced at the Kalimantan border,” he told a press conference to give updates on Sarawak’s Covid-19 situation here today.

Meanwhile, Uggah, who is also the Deputy Chief Minister, reported that police have issued eight compound notices in the past 24 hours throughout Sarawak.

“Four were issued in Kuching followed by three in Miri and one in Kota Samarahan,” he added.

The Local Government and Housing Ministry, he continued, also issued 122 oral, written and seizure notices under Bintulu Development Authority (BDA) (34), Sibu Municipal Council (SMC) (31), Marudi District Council (25), Kuching North City Hall (DBKU) (10), Miri City Council (10), Kota Samarahan Municipal Council (4), Kuching South City Council (MBKS) (4), Serian District Council (3), Matu-Daro District Council (3) and Maradong and Julau District Council (1).

Compliance checks were also carried out on 1,475 premises throughout Sarawak involving 190 supermarkets, restaurants (265), factories (14), banks (109), government offices (45), hawkers (64), markets (66), houses of worship (67), recreational areas (37), construction sites (25) and others (593). — DayakDaily