Council hopes to get nod to compound Covid-19 SOP violators

Ting said SMC will write to the Health Ministry to obtain approval before starting to compound those not following the SOP.

SIBU: The local authority will start compounding those who violate the recovery movement control order standard operating procedures (SOP) guidelines from Jan 1, after the Health Ministry gives the green light.

Sibu Municipal Council (SMC) chairman Clarence Ting said they would be writing to the ministry for approval to go ahead with issuing compounds.

“We will write to the ministry and if they give the okay, we will start compounding people from Jan 1 next year, ” he said at a press conference.

The compound, which carries a fine of RM1,000, will be issued to those not wearing a face mask and not observing physical distancing.

At present, only the police have the authority to take action against violators.

On the rabies outbreak in Sarawak, Ting expressed his concern that dog owners were still allowing their pets out on the street.

“The most effective way to control rabies is for dog owners to keep their pets within their compound.

“Our council can do only so much, and we depend on the cooperation of the public, ” he said.

The SMC dog team was only able to catch 130 strays a month due to the lack of manpower.

Ting also called on the Veterinary Department to update the council on the rabies situation in the town so that it could better manage the problem.

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