Cops to monitor SOPs compliance

Datuk Aidi Ismail

KUCHING: Newly established special police teams will monitor and ensure that the standard operating procedures (SOPs) are adhered to throughout the conditional movement control order (CMCO) period.

State Commissioner of Police Datuk Aidi Ismail said that yesterday marked the first day for Sarawak to allow certain economic sectors to reopen.

“We have set up a total of 113 special teams to be placed in each district to inspect all the economic sectors that are allowed to operate,” he said when contacted yesterday.

He noted that the teams would ensure that the reopened businesses abide by the SOPs issued by the Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC).

It is understood that compliance with SOPs issued by the Health Ministry (MoH) in accordance with the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Act 1988 (Act 342) will also be monitored.

“If there are businesses that fail to comply with the SOPs, we will take legal action against them,” he said.

Asked on district border control throughout Sarawak, Aidi said 51 roadblocks were set up to check inter-district movements of people and vehicles.

On May 11, a total of 26,515 vehicles were inspected and most were work-related and part of the state’s essential services.

“Those who don’t have permission from the police are directed to return home,” he said.

Yesterday, Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob in his daily media briefing on CMCO developments, said, “Comply with SOPs under the CMCO or get ready for the movement control order (MCO) to be reintroduced.”

Those who violate regulations under the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Act 1988 (Act 342) can be penalised with a maximum fine of RM1,000 or six-month imprisonment or both.