Police set up road blocks in Song ahead of tomorrow’s MCO

A policeman and a fireman checking a vehicle at Jalan Temalat, Song.

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SONG, Feb 1: The police wasted no time in setting up road blocks on the eve of the enforcement of Movement Control Order (MCO) which comes into effect tomorrow.

The State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) had on Sunday placed Song and Kapit on MCO from Feb 2 to 15.

Song district police chief DSP Rowney Michael Jalak said road blocks were erected at two places – Jalan Temalat and Jalan Takan

He said based on their findings today at Jalan Temalat, which is the road leading to Kapit, about 90 per cent of the vehicles inspected had the police permit.

“The reasons given by the motorists included returning home, attending to family matters and work matters,” he said.

The other 10 per cent of the vehicles were essential service vehicles. One motorist from Sibu Jaya was asked to detour as he did not have valid reasons for traveling to Kapit. The motorist had told the police that he wanted to pick up a friend in Kapit.

Rowney said most of these vehicles entering Song and Kapit were from Sibu.

Meanwhile at Jalan Takan Song where a number of Covid-19 cases were reported from longhouses in the area,  he said 90 per cent of the vehicles heading to Song bazaar were to buy daily necessities.

“The number of vehicles going to the bazaar were more than yesterday as the residents were going to stock up daily necessities prior to MCO,” he said. — DayakDaily