53 slapped with compounds

KUCHING: Police have issued 53 compounds to errant individuals for failing to comply with the standard operating procedures (SOPs) in public places.

Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) in a statement said that the police will continue to carry out operations to enforce the SOPs including the use of face masks and social distancing in public places.

“The police have arrested 13 individuals. From the figure, 12 Indonesians (six men and six women) were arrested in an entertainment centre in Niah, Miri for failing to adhere to the physical distancing.

“A local man in Sibu Market was arrested for hitting a security guard who was checking the market visitor’s body temperature,” the committee said.

Kuching recorded the most compounds issued with 46, followed by five in Miri and one compound each issued in Kota Samarahan and Betong.

“Apart from that, the Ministry of Local Government issued 65 verbal, written, and seizure warnings in areas under the supervision of various local councils,” the committee said.

On SOP compliance monitoring, patrol teams have inspected 1,582 premises throughout Sarawak.

These include 243 restaurants, supermarkets (198), banks (116), places of worship (79), public markets (77), hawker stalls (70), government offices (55), leisure places (42), construction sites (21), factories (14), and others (669).

Under Ops Benteng, SDMC informed that a total of 957 vehicles were inspected at six roadblocks in five districts — two in Lundu and one each in Bau, Serian, Sri Aman, and Lubok Antu.