Police cracking down on those who do not follow SOP


DSP Ariffin advising a trader to wear her face mask properly.

SIBU: The police will not tolerate people who do not follow the standard operating procedures (SOP) as they want this town to remain a Covid-19 green zone.

Sibu Crime Prevention and Community Policing Department chief DSP Ariffin Bahar, in speaking to reporters during an inspection at the central market, said his enforcement team would be very strict and not compromise if any traders or individuals were found to be flouting the SOP.

“As you know, Kuching has been declared as a red zone.

“Sibu is still a green zone and we want to ensure that it remains green,” he said.

He said the team, which would also be going around town to other markets and business premises for similar inspections, would take immediate action on those who flout the SOP.

“There are still some central market traders and customers who do not follow the SOP, especially the wearing of face mask in public spaces.

“I will not compromise on this anymore and will immediately issue compounds.

“If we are not strict, residents here will take the matter lightly,” he explained.

DSP Ariffin added he would instruct the council to close down business premises for 14 days if they did not follow the SOP such as not having a log book to record customer details upon entry or not using the MySejahtera app, customers not observing physical distancing or wearing face mask and not having thermal temperature scanners to take the body temperature of customers.

Meanwhile, two traders at the central market were fined RM1,000 for not wearing a face mask during the inspection.

The action was taken under Regulation 8 of the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases (Measures Within the Infected Local Areas) Regulations 2020.

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