SDMC: Seven men arrested for violating passenger limit SOP

File photo of police inspecting a car at a roadblock in Padawan. Photo: Nur Ashikin Louis

KUCHING, June 24: Six Indonesian men and one local, were arrested by the police for traveling in a vehicle exceeding passenger limit set by Sarawak Disaster Management Committee as Covid-19 standard operating procedures (SOPs) under the current Movement Control Order (MCO).

According to SDMC in a statement today, all seven men were arrested at a roadblock conducted by the Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM) in Kuching, recently.

On the same note, SDMC said loitering in public places without a reasonable excuse continued to top the compounds list with a total of 34 compounds issued by the police, followed by failure to wear a face mask, with five compounds.

Other SOPs violation compounded by the police are failure to scan the MySejahtera app (3), traveling cross-district without permit (3), gathering more than two people and failure to practice physical distancing (3), going out of the area implemented with Enhanced Movement Control Order (EMCO) (3) and operating a business that is not allowed for operation (2).

As of today, a total of 8,203 compounds have been issued by the police throughout the state since March 18, 2020.

Meanwhile, SDMC noted the Sarawak Local Government and Housing Ministry have issued a total of eight compounds through its local government authorities (PBT) for various SOPs violations, bringing the total cumulative compounds issued under PBT since Feb 2021 to 1,159 compounds.

Among the offenses are failure to update the registration book or incomplete registration book (3), failure to wear a face mask (2), including one compound each for operating without permission, selling non-essential items, and dysfunctional thermometer. — DayakDaily