Stern action to be taken against SOP violators

A file photo of enforcement personnel checking members of the public for compliance with the SOP.

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By Karen Bong

KUCHING, Oct 29: Local authorities and enforcement will take stern action against anyone who violates the standard operating procedure (SOP) and Covid-19 restrictions.

State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) chairman Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas emphasised that there are some people still apathetic in observing the SOP that have been issued.

“We urged all Sarawakians to realise and be aware that the number of positive cases are increasing. Furthermore, Kuching is a (Covid-19) red zone now.

“People especially in Kuching district are advised to avoid and reduce movement to help in curbing the infections,” he told a press conference on Covid-19 situation in Sarawak today.

If there is no pressing or important needs to go out and about, Uggah urged people to stay at home for the time being as Sarawak fights the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Deputy Chief Minister stressed that all these were necessary for the betterment and well being of the people.

“Several preventive measures have been taken and announced before this. So what’s important is for all people to play their roles in ensuring that the Covid-19 transmission can be cut off like what we have achieved.

“We only have one aim and that is to cut off the infection chain as soon as possible so that our people can continue to carry with their life. The fight is not over yet and all of us need to work together,” he said.

Meanwhile, Uggah reported that the police had issued 16 compound notices in Sarawak for violations related to Covid-19 SOP in the last 24 hours.

“Seven compound notices are issued in Kuching, Padawan (5), Miri (3) and Betong (1),” he said.

The Local Government and Housing Ministry also issued 105 oral, written and seizure notices under Kuching North City Commission (DBKU) (44), Sibu Municipal Council (SMC) (23), Bintulu Development Authority (BDA) (13), MD Marudi (10), Kuching South City Council (MBKS) (6), Padawan Municipal Council (MPP) (5), MD Serian (2) and one each in MB Miri and MPKS.

Compliance checks were also carried out on 1,365 premises throughout Sarawak involving 181 supermarkets, restaurants (304), factories (11), banks (100), government offices (34), hawkers (29), markets (50), houses of worship (56), recreational areas (36), construction sites (17) and others (547). —DayakDaily