Situation orderly, calm at BSN Sibu as second phase of BPN payment kicks off

The orderly queue outside BSN Sibu.

SIBU, May 4: The first day of Phase Two of the Bantuan Prihatin Nasional (BPN) aid disbursement at Bank Simpanan Nasional (BSN) here saw orderly queues due to better crowd control measures.

This contrasted with the first few days of Phase One last month when more than 500 recipients thronged the outlet after falling for a fake report that the payment would only be disbursed over three days.

Sibu district police chief ACP Stanley Jonathan Ringgit visited the BSN outlet here today and expressed satisfaction over the crowd management.

When contacted, he disclosed that People’s Volunter Corps (Rela) and police MPV personnel were also at the scene to remind people to follow social distancing guidelines and to monitor the crowd.

The bank outlet only allowed a maximum of 10 people onto its premises due to the Movement Control Order but the long line of recipients outside the bank waited patiently.

A Rela officer who only wished to be identified as Ling revealed the situation was calm as all recipients followed uniformed personnel’s instructions.

“All recipients who were given queue numbers also did not cut queue but followed their turn to get into the bank. However, elderly recipients including pregnant women, were given priority to enter the bank first,” he added.

Rela personnel arrived as early as 6.30am on site to make preparations for the expected large number of recipients, but many recipients began to queue even earlier at 4am. — DayakDaily