KOTA KINABALU: Residents in red zone areas should cooperate fully with the authorities as they fight against the spread of Covid-19, says Tawau OCPD Asst Comm Peter Umbuas.
He said this in response to a video of a man getting into a heated argument with security forces in Tawau as the owner was not happy that swab tests were being conducted outside his house.
On the video, ACP Umbuas said the matter happened a few days back at one of the Felda Umas areas here.
“From the information we gathered, health officials and security teams had gone house to house to find those who have yet to undergo swab tests as many did not turn up at the designated swab centre at a community hall, ” he said.
ACP Umbuas said that health officials decided to go searching for their targeted groups directly instead of waiting, adding that when the team reached that particular house, they tried calling out and greeting the owner but there was no response from inside.
He said after some time, neighbours came out to ask if they could take their swab tests there as the compound was bigger. He said health officials decided to proceed with the swab tests.
“However, the owner came out not long afterwards, asking what they were doing and that conducting swab tests at the compound of his house was not right and that he did not agree to such activities, ” said ACP Umbuas.
He said the authorities tried to explain why they did the tests there but the man did not seem to want to cooperate or understand.
“An armed forces personnel who was part of the observation team there who had been trying to ask the owner for his understanding later lost his cool and started shouting at him, ” he said.
ACP Umbuas said there was no need to find fault or blame anyone in this matter as it has been settled amicably in the end.
“This is part and parcel of what we go through on a daily basis. We encounter many different cases, and we shouldn't talk about it, ” he said, adding that what is important is the cooperation of all parties to fight the pandemic and break the chain of transmission.
In the 43-second video clip which has over 23,000 views since it was uploaded on YouTube on Oct 26, a team of health officials in full personal protective equipment (PPE), policemen and armed forces personnel can be seen arguing with a man outside a house.
The man is believed to be the owner of the house and can be heard saying things like ‘this is my house, why make it difficult for me and my family” among others.
Another man can be heard talking to him before he started shouting back at the owner.
The exact sentences exchanged are unclear in the video.
On the Covid-19 situation, ACP Umbuas said daily announcements and information on the needed swab tests, news and related matters were made via various means including the info-on-wheels platform.
The enhanced movement control order (MCO) is being implemented in some areas of Tawau, Lahad Datu, Kunak and Semporna.
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