Compounds for 58 SOP offenders

KUCHING: Police have issued 58 compounds to errant individuals for violating the standard operating procedures (SOPs) of the movement control order (MCO) on Saturday (June 12).

The Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) said Kuching recorded the most compounds with 20, followed by Bintulu (13), Lubok Antu (seven), Miri (six), Sarikei (six), Kapit (two), Sibu (two), Padawan (one) and Mukah (one).

“The violations include being out in a public beyond the allotted time without reasonable excuse (29), not wearing face masks (eight), travelling between districts without approval (eight), carrying passengers exceeding the limit (four), failing to scan the MySejahtera app (four), failing to practice physical distancing (three), fishing in public (one) and leaving an enhanced MCO area without permission (one).

“This brings the total amount of compounds issued since Mar 18 last year to 7,684,” the committee said.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Local Government and Housing has issued 13 compounds to business operators of premises under the supervision of various local councils.

Kota Samarahan Municipal Council recorded the highest compounds with six; followed by three under Meradong and Julau District Council, two under Bintulu Development Authority, and one each under Serian District Council and Matu and Daro District Council.

SDMC added that the businesses were violating SOPs such as operating without permission (three), failing to scan the MySejahtera app (three), not having permits to travel between districts (three), not wearing face masks (two); failing to update the customer logbook (one) and failing to provide a thermometer device (one).

This brings the total amount of compounds issued by local authorities since Feb 1 this year to 1,016.