MIRI: Sarawak police have opened 303 investigation papers involving people refusing to pay their fines for violating Covid-19 standard operating procedures (SOP).
"For cases involving unsettled summons, 231 cases have already been submitted to the Deputy Public Prosecutor for further action. The other 72 cases are pending further probe," said Sarawak police in its latest update to the State Disaster Relief Management Committee.
The state police added that 1,516 people caught violating the Covid-19 public SOPs on social distancing and wearing of face masks have paid their RM1,000 fine.
A multi-agency task force is handling the inspections to ensure compliance to the SOPs in public places in Sarawak in the ongoing fight against the second wave of Covid-19 infections.
The task force is made up of police, army, Rela, Civil Defence, local council officials and health department inspectors.
Meanwhile, the committee said that 532 personnel were mobilised throughout Sarawak on Friday (Oct 2).
"The teams checking on the public compliance to the Covid-19 SOPs are carrying out inspections in places frequented by people. These include supermarkets, eateries, markets, government offices, public parks and places of worship," the committee said.
The committee said that police have also set up roadblocks in southern Sarawak to prevent Covid-19 from spreading.
The roadblocks are mainly concentrated in the districts of Serian, Lundu, Bau, Sri Aman and Lubok Antu.