Police: Elderly among those roaming around Sibu town

Sibu's iconic landmark — the swan statue by the Rajang River.

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By Ling Hui

KUCHING, Feb 8: The elderly, one of Covid-19 high-risk groups, are the ones seen to be loitering around Sibu town now despite the Movement Control Order (MCO) being enforced until Feb 14.

Sibu Crime Prevention and Community Policing Department chief DSP Ariffin Bahar said most of the people hanging around town are those who are more than 50 years old and are easily infected with Covid-19.

“I don’t know why they still sit around bus stands, buy groceries at markets and these are the people with high risk,” he said.

Adding on, he said there were even gatherings and cockfighting activities at housing areas in Sibu Jaya where five individuals were caught last night (Feb 7).

To tackle this issue, Ariffin said he has 10 teams in total on the ground all over Sibu at three main targetted areas namely housing areas, supermarkets and wet markets.

“These are the three places that we often find people not complying to the SOPS (standard operating procedures),” he said during the Facebook live session by Sibu Municipal Council (SMC) chairman Clarence Ting earlier today.

With that, he urged the people in Sibu not to go out to town unnecessarily and to avoid crowded places. — DayakDaily