SOP compliance: One arrest, 15 compound notices issued, 5 cars told to U-turn

Police checking on motorists at a roadblock set up in Kuching city. - File photo

KUCHING, Aug 7: Police made one arrest and issued 15 compound notices related to violations of standard operating procedures (SOP) in Sarawak today.

The State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) in a statement today revealed that an individual was arrested in a furniture shop in Pusa, Betong.

Of the 15 compound notices issued, nine were in Padawan, two each in Kuching and Kota Samarahan and one each in Miri and Betong.

Police also ordered five cars to turn back at Sri Aman and Simunjan roadblocks for failing to produce inter-zone travel permits.

A total of 1,480 vehicles have passed through the two roadblocks, out of which 1,475 obtained permission from the police.


The roadblocks were set up following the inter-zone travel restrictions imposed in Sarawak from Aug 1 to 14 to contain the spread of Covid-19.

Anyone who wants to travel between different zones must obtain prior police permission and exemptions will be given for those on official duty, those who need to travel due to death or critical illness in the family or go for a medical check-up.

Zone 1 consists of Kuching, Samarahan and Serian divisions while Zone 2 covers Sri Aman, Betong, Sarikei, Sibu, Kapit, Mukah, Bintulu, Miri and Limbang.

Under Ops Benteng with six roadblocks mounted in the five districts of Lundu, Bau, Serian, Sri Aman and Lubok Antu, a total of 1,002 vehicles had been inspected.

SDMC also reported that compliance checks were also carried out in 1,9846 premises throughout Sarawak involving 295 supermarkets, restaurants (408), factories (9), banks (121), government offices (93), hawker centres (5), markets (112), houses of worship (97), recreational areas (46), construction sites (23) and others (637). — DayakDaily