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KUCHING, Aug 27: Police have clarified that security and public control remain their priority as the ‘lead agency’ in ensuring the standard operating procedures (SOP) are adhered to, including those at Covid-19 One Stop Centres.
Kuching police chief ACP Ahsmon Bajah clarified this in view of two images uploaded by a social media account by the name of ‘Andi Sapli’, alleging that there was no control against the massive crowd at a Covid-19 One stop Centre recently.
“Police have tracked down the allegation which was posted on the Sarawak Covid-19 Awareness Group (Public) Facebook group. Based on the pictures, the incident occurred at the Kuching South Municipal Council (MBKS) hall used as Covid-19 One Stop Center.
“We have a total of 16 police officers, 12 People’s Volunteer Corps (Rela) members, four MBKS enforcement officers and 20 Malaysian Civil Defense Force (APM) personnel assigned at the said location,” Ahsmon said.
He added that a total of 160 Health Ministry staff were also stationed at the location to ensure SOP compliance.
As Kuching’s number of positive cases have increased in the past few days, there was a surge in the number of people going for the Covid-19 swab test at MBKS Community Hall.
This has also led to massive traffic congestion with vehicles lining up as far as one kilometer away from the drive-through swab test area. — DayakDaily