LONG LAMA, Miri: People living around here as well as outsiders have been told not to flock to the town area in search for delicious local durians as the Covid-19 pandemic is still spreading.
In making this call on Sunday, Telang Usan assemblyman Dennis Ngau pointed out that the pandemic could spread to this district (Long Lama) if outsiders flocked to the town in search of the durians.
“Some people are known to travel to extra length regardless of distance including to the most remote longhouses in the state in search for the best durians borne by century-old trees.
“Long Lama’s durians have long attracted fruit lovers,” he pointed out.
Hence, at a recent committee meeting held at the Telang Usan district office in Long Lama, it was decided that an area around Pehin Sri Adenan Satem Long Bridge (or Long Lama Bridge) would be designated as a temporary site for locals to sell their durians to appointed buyers from outside the district to prevent outsiders from flocking the town for the fruits.
“However, before they can enter this district, they must first obtain a police permit. They must leave immediately after transactions are done,” said Dennis.
He added the committee also decided that all contractors who undertook projects in the district must get police permits and ensure all their workers, especially those coming from other districts, undergo health screening at clinics before entering the district and going to the project sites which were normally at longhouses or villages.
The concern was raised by several longhouse headmen and the village development and safety committee (JKKK) as they wanted all development projects approved at their villages to be completed in time.
Dennis reminded contractors undertaking government or private projects in his constituency that all longhouse chiefs had been directed by the state government not to allow anyone without a permit from the authority to enter their villages.
“All these requirements are in accordance with the state government’s standard operating procedures (SOPs) to contain the spread of Covid-19 virus,” he said.
“I urge everyone to comply as prevention is better than cure. We hope that this pandemic will end soon. Please be calm and patient,” added Dennis.
At the meeting Dennis also thanked Telang Usan district officer, Baru Tai and all the government agencies, community leaders, village headmen and JKKKs, Rela members, especially from the Telang Usan district and Miri Division for working hard to curb the spread of the virus.
The meeting was chaired by Baru Tai, Telang Usan district officer who was also the chairman of the Telang Usan District Management Committee, Dr Samuel, head of Long Lama Clinic, Penghulu Desmond Yap, heads and staff of various government agencies.