No visiting allowed even as Gawai celebrations enter second day, says Mukah police chief

Policemen on duty at a roadblock during the MCO period. File Photo

MUKAH, June 2: The public especially those celebrating Gawai Dayak have been told that house-to-house visiting is still not allowed even though the celebrations have entered the second day.

Mukah district police chief, DSP Muhamad Rizal Alia said his department is closely monitoring the situation 24-hours a day to ensure that the public strictly adheres to the Gawai standard operating procedures (SOP).

“We will carry out a stricter enforcement including issuing compounds to SOP violators. The public must follow the SOP at all times and avoid doing unnecessary traveling. Those who need to do inter-district traveling need to apply for the necessary permit at the nearest police station,” he said.

On the fourth day of MCO on June 1, he said that his department had issued seven compounds from 7am to 3.15pm at a roadblock at Simpan Tiga Jebungan.

“Six of the compounds were under Regulation 17 (1) of the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases (Measures Within the Infected Local Areas) Regulations 2021 for having more than two persons in a car while the other one is for inter-district traveling without a permit,” he said.

He added that with the roadblock in place at Simpan Tiga Jebungan, the number of vehicles on the road had been greatly reduced. — DayakDaily