Police clamp down on road access into Kg Haji Baki

Supt Aidil Bolhassan

By Nancy Nais and Lian Cheng

KUCHING, Oct 28: Police have identified six roads including two ‘jalan tikus’ (illicit routes) connecting to Kampung Haji Baki which will be closed under the Enhanced Movement Control Order (EMCO) effective tonight.

Padawan district police chief Supt Aidil Bolhassan disclosed that they have established a team of 70 police personnel to step up control and monitoring monitoring measures to ensure that no one violates the EMCO conditions set.

“Six roadblocks including two which are identified as ‘jalan tikus’ covering block A, B and C have been mounted in this village. As reported earlier by the State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC), the EMCO was imposed after taking into account the increase in Covid-19 positive cases in this village.

“The EMCO will involve 4,196 residents comprising about 500 houses from three blocks. This order is in effect from 6pm today until Nov 11,” he said during a visit to inspect the village’s mosque which will be used as a Covid-19 swab test centre.

Police personnel getting ready to set up road blocks at all entrances into Kampung Hj Baki.
Kampung Hj Baki’s mosque will serve as a Covid-19 swab test centre for the villagers.

Aidil pointed out that all residents would not be allowed to leave their houses nor any visitors allowed to enter the village throughout the duration of the EMCO.

This is to contain the Covid-19 chain of infection after the Baki Cluster recorded a total of 25 cases since the index case was reported on Oct 18.

As the police will be responsible in exercising the EMCO with the help of the armed forces, Civil Defence Force and People’s Volunteer Corps (Rela) personnel, Aidil said personnel on duty have been provided with Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and all the enforcement officers will look after one another as a team. — DayakDaily