Uggah: Stricter MCO enforcement from Saturday

Police manning a roadblock to restrict the movement of vehicles in this file photo.

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KUCHING, March 27: Authorities will enforce stricter Movement Control Order (MCO) from tomorrow to ensure full compliance from the public.

Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas said the police and the armed forces are ready to enforce strict restriction control, and the Sarawak government has agreed to the measure, adding that it was necessary to stop all possible conduits that will allow Covid-19 to spread.

“We need the people to abide by the order, this is for the benefit of all,” Uggah, who is also State Disaster Management Committee chairman, told a press conference here today.

He added that the implementation of MCO on the ground will involve other uniform enforcement agencies.

“The police has been tasked to look into the public security aspects, while the General Operations Force, armed forces and the Immigration Department will be monitoring our border security.

“For the local authorities, they will be looking at all food and business outlets, while the People’s Volunteer Corps (Rela) monitor security in public housing areas.

“The Civil Defence Force will be on the ground monitoring factories operations, while the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency will be patrolling our sea and coastline,” he continued.

Uggah expressed his appreciation to all Sarawakians for their compliance during the MCO. He was content to note that compliance rate in Sarawak has been very encouraging, at an estimated 95 per cent.

“A great majority are now realising the need and importance of this requirement. Just for the record, the police had in the past two days arrested 66 people for breaching the Movement Control Order in the state.

“So please continue to stay home, not just because this is the regulation, but for the greater good of everyone,” he said. — DayakDaily