No more kid gloves for RMCO offenders

Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas

By Karen Bong

KUCHING, June 17: The giving advice and warning period is over and enforcement teams will not hesitate to take action against those who refuse to comply with guidelines under the Recovery Movement Control Order (RMCO) in Sarawak.

State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) chairman Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas, in giving this warning, said that the Covid-19 curve may be flattened but Sarawak has not won the war.

“To win the war, we need the cooperation of all. Therefore, I hope no one will take things lightly or think that you can escape from your responsibility,” he told a daily press conference on Covid-19 here today.

The Deputy Chief Minister pointed out that enforcement is important to ensure everyone complies with the standard operating procedures (SOPs) issued for various premises.

To date, he said that 1,624 premises have been monitored including supermarkets (315), restaurants (356), factories (27), banks (166), government offices (73), hawkers (22), farmers’ and public markets (137), houses of worships (94), recreational places (53), construction sites (72) and others (624).

On Ops Benteng carried out nationwide by the federal government, Uggah disclosed the operation in Sarawak involved 105 armed forces personnel manning six roadblocks set up in Lundu, Bau, Padawan, Serian, Sri Aman and Lubok Antu.

“To date, 1,137 vehicles have been inspected and no arrest has been reported.

“The purpose of the operation is to prevent and control (sic) illegal immigrants from entering Sarawak especially along Sarawak’s borders. This is important because we observe that a lot of (Covid-19) cases are imported,” he added. — DayakDaily