THE Village Development and Security Committee (JKKK) of longhouses in Sibu should implement “community policing” to ensure residents comply with the strict standard operating procedures (SOP) to prevent the spread of Covid-19 in their area.
Bawang Assan SUPP chairman Senator Robert Lau Hui Yew, in making the recommendation, said although Sarawak was now under the conditional movement control order until March 1, longhouse residents in Sibu must not let their guard down when it comes to following the SOP.
“Longhouse chieftains should play their role by urging all residents to comply with the SOP, even when they are at home, including in the common areas, ” he explained.
He added that they should refrain from holding any communal activities at this time.
Lau also urged residents in the 110 longhouses in Sibu to prevent the entry of outsiders into their homes as a way of minimising the risk of infection.
The adherence to the SOP, he said, was important as Sibu was still in the Red Zone and the Covid-19 cases showed no signs of going down.
“Do not think that just because the restrictions have been relaxed, we can be careless and negligent.
“The conditional MCO SOP is the same, where we must wear face mask, wash hands regularly and observe physical distancing. The only difference is that more businesses can now operate as compared to under the MCO, ” he said.
“Only with everyone’s cooperation can we fight Covid-19 in longhouses, ” he added.
On Feb 15, Sibu recorded 171 new Covid-19 cases, bringing its total to 2,921.
The total number of cases for Sarawak as of Monday was 6,832, with 61 fatalities.