Warning goes out to Sibu residents to abide by RMCO guidelines

Ting (left) speaking during the press conference.

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SIBU, Nov 25: Sibu residents, take note! The local authority will start implementing compounding action against violators of RMCO standard operating guidelines on Jan 1, 2021, if it gets the green light from the Health Ministry.

Sibu Municipal Council chairman, Clarence Ting said at a press conference today that the council will be writing to the ministry for its approval to go ahead with the compounding action.

“There are talks in town that the council will start issuing compounds to those not complying with the SOP.

“We will write to the ministry for their approval first and if greenlight has been given, we will start compounding people on Jan 1 next year,” he said.

The compound which carries a fine of RM1000 will be for those not wearing a face mask, and not observing physical distancing

At the moment it is only the police who have the authority to issue a compound.

Ting said that the council has to take such action as the people here have been quite complacent as the majority of the Covid-19 cases here are imported ones.

“I am still seeing a number of people are not wearing masks at public places,” he said. Ting urged the people to help keep the town free from the disease. “We are very lucky as businesses in other places have not been good.

In order for us to remain free from the outbreak of the disease, please do one thing – follow the SOP,” he added. On rabies, he was still worried that dog owners are still letting their animals out in the street.

” The most effective way to control rabies is for the dog owners to keep their animals indoor. Our council can only do this much as we depend on the cooperation of the public,” he said.

Its dog team is only able to catch 130 stray dogs a month due to the lack of manpower. Ting also called on the veterinary department to release information on the rabies situation in the town.

“We do not get frequent reports from the veterinary department, so we don’t know the real rabies situation here,” he said The council, he added needs the department to constantly update it on the rabies situation so that it could increase its action against the outbreak of the disease. — DayakDaily