MCO: Ba Pakan Sungai Akah longhouse residents set up barricade to restrict entry into community

Dennis (standing centre) with children at Ba Pakan longhouse after delivering food rations.

By Jaythaleela K

MIRI, April 14: Residents of the 57-door Ba Pakan Sungai Akah longhouse in Baram, have set up a barricade to prevent outsiders from coming in.

The longhouse is located about six hours’ drive from Miri city via logging road.

Telang Usan assemblyman Dennis Ngau who went to deliver food rations to the area yesterday lauded the village’s Development and Security Committee (JKKK)’s initiative to prevent people from entering their village.

“I am glad to see at all entrances to villages that I’ve passed by in Sungai Apoh, Patag-Abang and Sungai Akah, villagers have constructed barriers as a sign to bar strangers from entering their village without permission,” he expressed.

During a brief presentation, Dennis reminded villagers in Ba Pakan to abide with the Movement Control Order (MCO) and stay in their respective homes or villages.

Meanwhile, one of the village’s JKKK members, Joshua Geng, revealed that due to the Covid-19 scare, the villagers are not letting anyone enter or exit the village and they support the state government’s efforts to curb Covid-19.

“We appreciate the effort by our government and we cannot do much but to pray for God to protect our leaders, ‘wakil rakyat’ and everyone who has helped us. We maintain the spirit of togetherness whether in good or bad times,” Joshua pointed out. — DayakDaily