Military boots on the ground at Miri roadblocks

Lim (second right) and Fuad (on Lim's left) at the Telang Usan roundabout roadblock in Miri this morning (March 22, 2020).

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By Brad Rantayy

MIRI, March 22 : Military personnel from the 20th Battalion of the Royal Malay Regiment (20RAMD) are on the streets starting this morning in this district for ‘Ops Penawar Miri’ to assist police in enforcing the nation-wide Moverment Control Order (MCO) to contain the spread of Covid-19.

Their deployment is to ensure public compliance with the MCO announced early last week by Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.

In Miri, at least five roadblocks have been set up with the main aim of ensuring people stay at home during the MCO period, with exception of buying essential items or takeaways. It is understood that the public are not encouraged to venture more than 10km from their homes.

There are least 10 army personnel to assist the police to man each roadblock.

Army personnel exiting from a truck to assist in manning roadblocks in Miri (March 22, 2020).

Areas involved are along the Miri By-Pass road; Jalan Persekutuan Miri-Bintulu; Miri coastal road; road heading towards Permyjaya and in Bekenu.

Those who do not comply with the restricted movement order may face fines of not more than RM1,000 or imprisonment of not more than six months, or both.

It was observed that traffic today, compared to four days ago, was lighter.

Also present to monitor the roadblocks were 20RAMD Camp Sri Miri Second-in-Command Major Mohd Fuad and Miri Police chief ACP Lim Meng Seah. — DayakDaily