S'wak sets up community policing programme to improve Covid-19 SOP compliance

KUCHING: Sarawak has set up a community policing programme to improve compliance with Covid-19 standard operating procedures (SOPs), says Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah.

The Deputy Chief Minister said the programme involves community leaders, village development and security committees, military veterans, retired police personnel and neighbourhood watch committees.

He said it would empower community leaders to coordinate and monitor the activities at their respective longhouses and villages to ensure compliance with the SOPs.

"They will also help to raise awareness about the dangers of Covid-19 and issue warnings or implement restrictions based on existing laws," he said at the state disaster management committee's briefing here Friday (Jan 29).

Uggah also said the SOPs for funerals had been further tightened, with only immediate family members allowed to attend.

They must also inform the district office and police of the funeral for crowd control purposes.

Previously, the committee had decided that only a maximum of 30 people were allowed to attend funerals during the movement control order and conditional MCO period, while not more than 20 people are allowed at the burial site.

Sibu division is under MCO and the rest of Sarawak under conditional MCO until Feb 14.

In addition, Uggah reiterated that all social activities and gatherings were not allowed during the MCO and conditional MCO period.

The banned activities include weddings, receptions, doa selamat, birthday parties, reunions and retreats.

"We are doing this because many of the recent cases in Sarawak are linked to social activities," he said.

Meanwhile, Sarawak reported 179 new cases on Friday (Jan 29) as well as one more death in Sibu Hospital.

This brings the state's tally of confirmed cases to 4,124 and total fatalities to 36.

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