Sarawak PKR suggests for police roadblocks to be reinstated

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  • Sunday, 10 May 2020

Clean-up move.... Police patrol cars being disinfected by Sarawak Fire and Rescue personnels.

MIRI: Sarawak PKR is suggesting for police to reinstate roadblocks in cities and towns in the state at night, claiming they have noticed an increase in people coming out that that time.

"Police have removed all roadblocks totally in Miri and in other towns considered to be green zones. There are more people coming out after office hours," said Sarawak PKR community health bureau chief Dr Michael Teo.

The Miri MP said that he was worried that if this persists, the public could disregard social distancing.

Dr Teo that there was an immediate need to remind the public that the Covid-19 pandemic was not yet over in Sarawak and Malaysia as a whole.

"The possibility of a second wave of Covid-19 (infections) is very real and the police must bring back a heavy presence through constant patrolling and roadblocks to remind them that they cannot go about in groups," he told The Star on Sunday (May 10).

Dr Teo said Sarawak should not relax its movement control order even though it is allowing most businesses and industrial sectors to resume operating.

"We must bear in mind that when the lockdown was removed in places like Singapore and Japan, there were sharp surges in Covid-19 cases, so much so that it has gone out of control there. It can happen in Sarawak," he said.

Covid-19 has caused 17 deaths and about 540 positive cases in Sarawak so far.

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