SOP violators to face fine under MCO 2.0 starting tomorrow

Ariffin (centre) checking on a bus driver.

SIBU, Jan 17: Starting tomorrow, the public and businesses here caught for not adhering to the standard operating procedures (SOPs) guideline during the current Movement Control Order (MCO) enforcement will be liable to a fine.

Under the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases (Measures Within the Infected Local Areas) Regulations 2020, the police could fine offenders RM1,000.

Sibu Division, which includes Sibu, Selangau and Kanowit districts, are under a two-week of MCO enforcement from Jan 16 to 29 following the spike in Covid-1 cases from the Pasai Cluster.

Sibu Crime Prevention and Community Policing Department chief DSP Ariffin Bahar said today, when conducting inspection at the Jalan Pahlawan Bus Terminal, that they had started MCO 2.0 yesterday and were only giving warning to those caught not complying with the SOPs.

The inspection involved 15 policemen from the Crime Prevention and Community Policing Department and traffic and another three from Road Transport Department.

“From tomorrow onwards, police will start compounding people. During the first two days of MCO 2.0, we are only giving warning. We did this as we want the people to fully understand the need to comply with the SOPs,” he said.

On the inspection at the bus terminal, he said that it was to check whether bus companies adhere to the SOP guidelines which include having the operation permit as required under MCO 2.0 and social distancing where only 50 per cent of the seats can be occupied.

“If there are 50 seats in a bus, then only 25 seats are allowed. This is for social distancing,” he said.

The inspection was also to check whether passengers have travel permit which is approved by the police.

“We are stationing a team of three to four policemen and JPJ personnel here to conduct daily checking,” he said. — DayakDaily