ALOR SETAR: Despite eight roadblocks set up along all main access roads, police are having difficulty preventing residents, believed to be linked to the Sivagangga cluster, from leaving town because of village trails.
Kedah police chief Comm Datuk Zainuddin Yaacob said the purpose of the roadblocks, which were set up along main access roads in Kubang Pasu, was to stop outsiders from coming into the area, as well as to ensure that no one left their villages.
“But all these measures are not enough to check the possible spread of Covid-19 as there are many trails and dirt roads, ” he said.
Comm Zainuddin said he had made an open appeal to the residents to stay in the villages until the virus threat could contained.
“The roadblocks, which are carried out round-the-clock at the eight locations, may not be foolproof to stop villagers from sneaking out of their villages.
“There are many lorong tikus (hidden routes) and small village paths inside the villages. As of now, we have also set up roadblocks at such trails and dirt roads to prevent them from sneaking out, ” he said.
Comm Zainuddin urged all villagers to cooperate by staying in the affected areas until the situation returns to normal.
“We will request the armed forces as well as Rela personnel to help us in the operations.
“Besides fighting Covid-19, we are also carrying out crime prevention activities, ” he said.
He said so far, police had yet to receive any reports from those under the Sivagangga cluster in relation to threats said to have been sent to them via social media.
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