Shop fined for selling alcohol restricted during current MCO in Sarawak

File photo depicting bottles of liquor. Photo source: CC0 Public Domain

KUCHING, June 17: A premises has been fined for selling alcohol that was not deemed essential, which constitutes a violation of the standard operating procedures (SOP) as it is restricted to dedicated stores during current Movement Control Order (MCO) in Sarawak.

The State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC), in a statement today, reported that the police had issued 32 compounds for various SOP violations in the past 24 hours with loitering in public places without valid reason after 10pm accounted the most number of compounds issued with 14 tickets.

A total of nine compounds were issued for carrying passengers exceeding the allowed limit, followed by four compounds for failure to wear facemasks.

Other SOP violations include failure to adhere to 30 per cent workers capacity (two), going out of the Enhanced Movement Control Order (EMCO) area (one) and failure to provide hand sanitisers, body temperature scanner and customers registration book (one).

The compounds were issued in Kuching (13), Saratok (four), Lawas (four), Dalat (three), Mukah (three), and one each in Bintulu, Miri, Sibu, Kota Samarahan and Serian, bringing the total number of compounds issued since March 18, 2020 until today to 7,897 compounds.

Meanwhile, Ministry for Local Government and Housing also issued a total of 44 compounds under the the local authorities with Miri MB (17), Kapit MD (13), Sibu Municipal Council and Bau MD (three each), Serian MD and Sarikei MD (two each) while Matu and Daro MD, Bintulu Development Authority, Sri Aman MD and Sibu Rural District Council (SRDC) issued one each.

Among the SOP violations were failure to update registration book (27), operating without permission (five), failure to practice physical distancing (four), failure to check-in with MySejahtera app or the registration book (four), failure to wear facemasks (two) while operating exceeding time limit and workplace capacity exceeding the 30 per cent limit has one each.

This brought the total number of compounds issued by the local government authorities since Feb 2021 until today to 1,095 compounds.— DayakDaily