No inter-zone travel permit? Please turn back

Uggah at Covid-19 press conference here today. (Aug 4, 2020).

By Karen Bong

KUCHING, Aug 4: The Police has ordered 11 cars to turn back for failing to produce inter-zone travel permits at Sri Aman and Simunjan roadblocks today.

State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) chairman Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas disclosed that of the 1,473 vehicles passing through the two roadblocks, 1,462 have obtained permissions from the police.

The roadblocks were set up following the inter-zone travel restrictions being imposed in Sarawak from Aug 1 to 14 to contain the spread of Covid-19.

Anyone who wants to travel between the zones must obtain permission from the police first and exemptions will be given for those on official duty, those who need to travel due to death or critical illness in the family or those going for a medical check-up.

Zone 1 consisted of Kuching, Samarahan and Serian divisions while Zone 2 covered Sri Aman, Betong, Sarikei, Sibu, Kapit, Mukah, Bintulu, Miri and Limbang.

“There are six roadblocks mounted in five districts under Ops Benteng with two in Lundu, and one each in Bau, Lundu, Sri Aman and Lubok Antu.

“From the roadblocks in the locations, 911 vehicles had been inspected,” he told a press conference on Covid-19 update here today.

Uggah added that the police had issued nine compound notices for not adhering to standard operating procedures (SOP).

“There were four compounds issued in Padawan, Kota Samarahan (2), Betong (1) and Miri (1).

“Police will continue to tighten the SOP including mandatory wearing of face masks in public places,” he added.

The Deputy Chief Minister reported that compliance checks were also carried out in 1,900 premises throughout Sarawak involving 313 supermarkets, restaurants (393), factories (19), banks (164), government offices (89), hawkers (39), markets (111), houses of worship (100), recreational areas (47), construction sites (10) and others (615). —DayakDaily