Kanowit cops staying vigilant over twelve longhouses in Pasai cluster


KANOWIT: Police are maintaining vigilance over 12 longhouses as Covid-19 cases continue to soar from the Pasai Cluster in the district here.

The longhouses are under a movement control order, with different dates applying for each longhouse.

The 12 longhouses are Rumah Benjamin, Rumah Jelani, Rumah Tibu, Rumah Maria Bukong, Rumah Roma, Rumah Anthony Ikus, Rumah Dim, Rumah Engkulau, Rumah Katerina, Rumah Manggie, Rumah Samsudin, and Rumah Lee Kok Sing.

Kanowit district police chief Dep Supt Tega Bilong on Thursday (Jan 21) advised the people not to panic even though there had been a spike in cases as these longhouses are locked down.

Each longhouse is guarded by two Rela members while police carry out regular patrols of the 12 longhouses.

"We want community leaders and heads of Village Development Committees to help monitor their respective longhouses as well. This is to ensure that no residents will try to sneak out undetected," he said.

DSP Tega said the residents of the longhouses are given food and drinks and those who need medical treatment would be taken to Kanowit Hospital.

He also advised those who were eligible for the Prihatiin aid to postpone plans to go to the bank to obtain it.

DSP Tega, who is under home quarantine for two weeks since Jan 17, warned that the police would not look the other way for MCO violations.

"We have tightened the SOP and are no longer giving warnings to those who defy the MCO. Compounds will be issued to violators from now on," he warned.

The police have also closed the Majau Bridge and Durin-Kanowit Bridge exit points as inter-district travel is prohibited during the MCO period.

The Sarawak Disaster Management Committee had announced that Kanowit, together with Sibu and Selangau, would be placed under a two-week movement control order (MCO) from Jan 16 to 29.

The Pasai cluster, which is the biggest cluster in the state with 893 cases to date, started on Jan 8 after a super spreader came back from Johor on Dec 29 to attend her father's funeral ceremony.

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