Local authorities keeping tabs on SOP compliance at community markets

Uggah (left) exchanging pleasantries with a stall keeper at the Kota Sentosa Market.

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By Adrian Lim

KUCHING, Jan 17: Enforcement officers under various local authorities have been conducting inspections at community markets to ensure the public and stall operators comply with standard operating procedures (SOPs) laid out by the government.

Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas said these enforcement teams have been working around the clock out in the field to advise the public and remind them of the importance to adhere to SOPs in the effort to curb Covid-19 transmissions in the city.

During spot checks at the Kota Sentosa Market and the Stutong Community Market today, Uggah noted Kuching residents and business operators have largely complied with SOPs laid out by the government.

“Thank you to your untiring efforts.

“Sometimes, I know it is a tough job where even just now during my visits, I have noticed one or two persons not putting on or forgetting to use face masks.

“But, please use diplomatic approach to advise or remind them. Explain to them the objective is protect them and their families,” he said.

Uggah (second left) observing a shopper scanning her body temperature at the Kota Sentosa market. Uggah was accompanied by officers from the Padawan Municipal Council (MPP) during a spot check today (Jan 17, 2021).

Uggah who is also the Second Finance Minister said he appreciated the efforts shown by frontliners, the public and all government officers in fighting to contain Covid-19 in Sarawak.

At the same time, he observed that most members of the public have fully complied with SOPs.

Uggah who is also the State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) chairman said he was very impressed by the very high SOP compliance level shown by the public.

Uggah (right) and Wee (left) check on SOP compliance at the Stutong Community Market today (Jan 17, 2021).

“We have seen almost 100 per cent compliance on the wearing of the face masks, physical distancing and entry registration plus checking of body temperature. This is very positive attitude and very good news for Sarawak.

“People are complying with the SOPs. In other word, they are giving full co-operation to our fight against the pandemic.

“We hope all other markets and shopping centres have the same standard of compliance,” he added.

Among those who accompanied Uggah during his visit to the Stutong Community Market was Kuching South City Council (MBKS) mayor Datuk Wee Hong Seng and officers. — DayakDaily