Don’t return to longhouses

Tiong King Sing

KUCHING: Bintulu residents living in town or other districts are advised to not return to their longhouse for the time being.

Bintulu MP Datuk Seri Tiong King Sing said this was to prevent the spread of Covid-19 cases to the rural areas.

“This is the best approach to curb the spread of the pandemic, therefore, I appeal to all to stay where they are and avoid public gatherings.

“At the same time, I would like to urge the residents of the longhouses to strictly guard the entrance and exit routes to their respective areas to help the government curb the spread of Covid-19,” he said in a Facebook post.

Tiong also reminded longhouse dwellers who are currently under lockdown order to adhere to the directives issued by the authorities.

“Observe the lockdown order. The decision by the government to impose lockdown is to save the lives of the people,” he said.

The MP also urged residents to remind those around them to follow suit as policies done by the government would not be effective if the standard operating procedures (SOPs) were not observed.

Meanwhile, Tiong also expressed disappointment over the high number of traffic movement during the movement control order (MCO).

“Looking at this situation, I wonder where are all these people headed when they go to the city centre.

“I urge the community especially in residential areas and urban areas to limit their movements and stay at home if there are no urgent matters to attend to,” he said.