Sibu residents strictly following NRP’s Phase Three guidelines, say cops

DSP Ariffin and his team monitoring SOP compliance at Sibu central market.

SIBU residents are adhering strictly to the standard operating procedure (SOP) under Phase Three of the National Recovery Plan, says Sibu Crime Prevention and Community Safety Division head Deputy Supt Ariffin Baha.

He said when Phase Three kicked in, less than 50 compounds were issued to SOP violators.

“During the last two weeks, we achieved a high SOP compliance rate.

“There were even days where no compound was issued.

“About 98% of the population is now adhering strictly to the SOP,” he said.

The integrated SOP monitoring team that was led by the police, he said, was now mostly concentrating on eateries as dine-in has now been allowed.

DSP Ariffin, however, said there was still some confusion over the SOP under Phase Three stipulated by the National Security Council (NSC) because the SOP in Sarawak was still based on the guidelines of the State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC).

“In Sarawak, we are different.

“We are guided by the SDMC and do not follow the SOP by NSC fully despite being in Phase Three.

“According to SDMC, we still need a police permit for things like inter-district travel,” he added.

DSP Ariffin advised the public to wait for an official statement from SDMC on the Phase Three SOP before taking part in any activity although the NSC had set the guidelines.

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