Covid-19: Sarawak cops to step up enforcement of SOP compliance

KUCHING: Police will step up enforcement of Covid-19 standard operating procedures (SOP) in Sarawak to improve compliance, starting with Kuching.

Sarawak police commissioner Comm Datuk Aidi Ismail said 950 personnel from the military, Rela, Civil Defence Force, state security unit and local authorities would join 241 police personnel to conduct patrols and monitor SOP compliance in public places.

He said Kuching would be divided into 15 zones for the enforcement, with each zone under the head of the respective police station.

"We will look at the situation in each zone and deploy enforcement teams to places frequented by the public, such as markets, eateries and shops.

"The teams will focus on markets from 6am to 10am, shopping malls, shops and eateries from 10am to 6pm, and popular areas like Kuching Waterfront from 6pm to 10pm," he said.

Comm Aidi said the enforcement would be carried out through foot and vehicle patrols as well as deploying personnel in public areas.

He said police would also work with neighbourhood watch committees to monitor SOP compliance in their villages or neighbourhoods.

"Our objective is to enforce the existing SOP, increase the level of compliance among the community and maximise the presence of enforcement personnel in public places.

"We urge the public to cooperate and comply with the SOP so that we can curb the spread of Covid-19," he said.

He added that the public could call the police hotline at 082-244 444 and 082-862 233 to report any breach of the SOP.

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