Bintulu MP urges authorities to enforce MCO SOP for workforce compliance

Datuk Seri Tiong King Sing

KUCHING: The Health Department and relevant authorities have been urged to enforce movement control order (MCO) standard operating procedures (SOPs) regarding the allowed workforce capacity in the private sector.

Bintulu MP Datuk Seri Tiong King Sing said companies approved to operate during MCO should not have more than 30 percent of their workforce turning up for work.

“Unapproved industries must not be allowed to flout the SOPs and force their workers to come to work or those allowed, to make more than 30 per cent of their workforce come to work.

“I want to urge the Health Department and other relevant enforcement agencies, including the police, to strictly enforce SOP compliance, including monitoring the private sector regarding their workers.

“All must bear the legal repercussions of violating those rules,” he said in a Facebook post today.

Meanwhile, Tiong said the authorities would not rule out a possible lockdown in red zones in Bintulu like Sungai Plan and RPR Taman Bandaria.

“We can see that the Bintulu Divisional Disaster Management Committee had amended the SOPs to suit the current situation, including removing some roadblocks.

“However, it’s disappointing that the public is not matching this with a high degree of vigilance to keep themselves and others safe from the coronavirus.

“Having poor compliance will keep us forever under the (threat of the) pandemic, and economic activities can never go back to normal.”