Police to intensify daily SOP compliance monitoring on business premises in Kuching

Police officers inspecting an entertainment outlet to ensure compliance with SOPs.

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KUCHING, April 22: Police will intensify daily monitoring and inspection of entertainment outlets, eateries or food courts and crowded public places in and around Kuching to ensure compliance to the Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) standard operating procedures (SOP).

Acting Kuching District Police Chief Supt Merbin Lisa warned that the police will take stern action and no longer compromise with business operators and individuals who disobey or violate the SOPs, especially under the Kuching Police Headquarters jurisdiction.

“These measures need to be taken to curb the spread of Covid-19 as cases continue to surge.

“Total and continuous enforcement needs to be done to remind the community and increase their awareness of the (Covid-19) situation in and around Kuching and Sarawak as a whole,” he told a press conference on Wednesday.

On related development, Merbin revealed that the Crime Investigation Department Division Task Force and Central Police Station had carried out two successful operations separately on April 20.

For the first operation, he said compounds were issued to nine individuals comprising seven men and two women aged between 19 to 40 years old with all of them local citizens who failed to comply with the SOPs by not wearing face masks and practicing physical distancing at public places at the Kuching Waterfront.

The second operation, he continued, involved an entertainment outlet at Jalan Ang Cheng Ho where three workers and six customers comprising of eight men and two women aged between 19 to 52 years old were compounded for not adhering to SOPs which was operating beyond permitted hours under the Regulations for the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases.

“All of them were brought to the Central Police Station and Kuching Police Headquarters for further action and to explanation their violations. Compounds must be settled at the Kuching District Health Office within 14-days,” he added.

Merbin thus urged communities in Kuching to show more concerns on the worsening Covid-19 situation as law enforcement alone is insufficient without community awareness on the dangers of the virus.

“All sectors of society including the authorities must work together in an effort to break the chain of Covid-19,” he reminded. — DayakDaily