Strict enforcement, MCO compliance keep Song at green zone

Two MCO enforcers guarding timber track in Song.

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SIBU, April 19: Song is still reporting zero Covid-19 cases, as its residents have been strictly abiding to the movement control order (MCO).

This riverine town along the Rajang River together with Kapit are still categorised as green zone of the Covid-19 outbreak in the country.

Song, with an area of 3,935 square km, has a population of 20,595, according to 2010 national population census.

Song district police chief, DSP Rowney Jalak, said since the enforcement of MCO on March 18, the residents have been fully complying with it by staying at home.

“Despite this, we are not complacent and would continue to carry out enforcement work along the river, around town and also other entry routes to the town,” he said when contacted.

The joint MCO enforcement team patrolling along the Rajang River in Song.

The enforcement team, which comprised the police, officers from the Sarawak Rivers Board and Health Department, since April 17, have increased its monitoring action at these places including at jetties near the district, express boat terminal, vessel terminal and logging camp jetties.

They also conducted checking along Song-Kanowit Road.

“So far, we have not found anybody violating the MCO. Outstation vehicles travelling to Song have decreased tremendously since MCO was enforced,” he said.

He advised non-residents not to use alternative route to the district if they do not have the travel permit.

“Residents of Song especially longhouse folks staying around alternative routes are also advised not to allow any activity from going on that would contravene MCO,” he continued.

He warned that stern action would be taken against those who defy the MCO under the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases (Measures Within the Infected Local Areas) Regulations 2020. — DayakDaily