45 SOP violators fined

File photo: A policeman checks a motorist at a roadblock in the city.

KUCHING: Twenty people throughout Sarawak were fined for being out in public without any reasonable excuse on Friday (June 11).

They were among 45 people compounded for violating the standard operating procedures (SOPs) of the movement control order (MCO).

Kuching recorded the highest compounds with 23, followed by Bintulu (10), Sarikei (five), Sibu (two), Miri (two), Lawas (two) and Kapit (one).

“The violations include being out in a public beyond the allotted time without reasonable excuse (20); gathering without physical distancing in public (five); carrying passengers beyond the permitted limit (four); not wearing face masks (four); failing to scan the MySejahtera application when entering a premises (four); fishing in public (two); being inside a gym that is prohibited from operating during MCO (two); failing to comply with surveillance orders for Covid-19 close contacts (two); defying the quarantine order and cutting the bracelet without permission (one); and travelling between districts without permit (one).

“This brings the total number of compounds issued since March 18 last year to 7,626,” said the Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) today (June 12).

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Local Government and Housing has issued 11 compounds to business operators of premises under the supervision of various local councils.

Bintulu Development Authority recorded the most compounds with four, followed by two under Sibu Rural District Council, and one each under Kota Samarahan Municipal Council, Lundu District Council, Sri Aman District Council, Meradong and Julau District Council, and Miri City Council.

The SDMC added that the businesses were violating SOPs such as failing to update the record books (nine); operating past the allowed time (one); and exceeding the permitted vehicle capacity (one).

This brings the total amount of compounds issued by local authorities since Feb 1 this year to 1,003.