48 SOP violators fined

KUCHING: Police issued 48 compounds to errant individuals for violating the standard operating procedures (SOPs) of the movement control order (MCO) on Saturday (June 26).

The Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) said Kuching recorded the most compounds with 19, followed by Bintulu (15), Padawan (seven), Simunjan (two), Miri (two), Lawas (two), and Sibu (one).

“The violations include being out in public beyond past curfew without reasonable excuse (20); failing to wear face masks (seven); gathering without practising physical distancing (six); failing to scan the MySejahtera application (five); operating beyond the allotted time (three); exceeding the passenger limit in vehicle (three); operating a prohibited business (one); failing to ensure employee capacity in the public sector is not over 30 percent (one); playing basketball during MCO (one); and carrying out home renovations (one).

“This brings the total amount of compounds issued since Mar 18 last year to 8,374,” the committee said.

In addition, Julau police also arrested 11 individuals for taking part in an illegal cockfighting activity in an oil palm plantation field.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Local Government and Housing has issued 17 compounds to business operators of premises under the supervision of various local councils.

Eight compounds were issued under the Padawan Municipal Council, followed by five under the Bau District Council, two under the Miri City Council, and one each under the Serian District Council and the Bintulu Development Authority.

The SDMC added that the businesses were violating SOPs such as failing to scan the MySejahtera application or customers’ logbook (13); operating beyond the allotted time (one); selling non-essential goods (one); failing to prepare a MySejahtera QR code or customers’ logbook (one); and failing to update the customers’ logbook (one).

This brings the total amount of compounds issued by local authorities since Feb 1 this year to 1,183.