Mawan delivering his speech at the programme.

SARIKEI: All layers of society are urged to comply with the new norm in efforts to curb the spread of Covid-19, said Pakan assemblyman Tan Sri William Mawan Ikom.

He said that Health Ministry (MoH) recommended for the public to apply the concept of ‘Cegah, Amal, Patuh dan Pantau’ (Prevent, Practice, Comply, and Monitor).

“We have to continue working with the government especially healthcare workers and law enforcers to ensure that the new norm is adopted to break the Covid-19 chain.

“Every individual must be firm and with high awareness and self-control by practising new norm habits,” he said in his speech at the Sepakat@Komuniti Programme at Rh Anggat, Sg Baru Sebangkoi here on Friday.

He said the initiative of ‘kita jaga kita’ (we take care of ourselves) showed the concern and spirit of Malaysians from the grassroots in combating Covid-19 and this should be continued as long as the pandemic threatened.

He stressed that all members of society must act and consider themselves as frontline officers.

“We must comply with the existing standard operating procedures (SOPs) and always be vigilant to prevent the creation of new clusters which can lead to an increase in positive Covid-19 cases,” he said.

Mawan also urged all members of the community to pay attention to the practice of avoiding crowded areas as well as to avoid chatting at close range.

Aside from that, he encouraged regular hand-washing with water and soap, compulsory use of face masks while in public, and always adhering to the advice of MoH.

“I take this opportunity to call on department heads, community leaders, ketua-ketua kaum, religious leaders, non-governmental organisations (NGOs), and people of all walks of life to play their respective roles.

“Together, we remind the community around us including our families to comply with all SOPs,” he said.

The programme organised by the Sarikei Information Department (JaPen) was also attended by JaPen Sarikei officer Joseph James, Pemanca Edward Ladin, and Penghulu Kasa.