Drones, vehicles for security frontliners

Abang Johari (front, third right) presents a mock cheque to mosque committee chairman Temenggung Datuk Abdul Rahman Fadzail.

MIRI: The state government will step in to supply assets to the security personnel in Miri to help them enforce the Covid-19 standard operating procedures (SOPs).

Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg said this included providing drones and vehicles besides bolstering the number of personnel on the ground.

“We have taken certain steps to mitigate the spread of Covid-19 in the community, one of which was to enhance our enforcement and we hope the people will cooperate with us to observe the SOPs.

“We will increase the manpower from the enforcement agencies, particularly the Police, Armed Forces, Rela and other agencies.

“The security personnel have asked us to help them in terms of assets and the state government has agreed to provide assets including drones and vehicles,” he told a press conference here today.  

Earlier, the chief minister attended a briefing on the local Covid-19 situation by the Miri Divisional Disaster Management Committee (DDMC).

On the increase of Covid-19 cases at longhouses in rural areas here, Abang Johari hoped that the longhouse dwellers would cooperate with the authorities to contain the outbreak.

“I ask that the longhouse head and community leaders help us by adhering to the SOPs within these 14 days and the state government will continue to provide assistance through the Community Welfare Department if necessary,” he said.

Abang Johari said Sarawak aimed to bring the number of Covid-19 cases in the state under control within the next six months during which the vaccine was expected to be administered to Sarawakians.

“By then, we should have the vaccine which will be distributed to the people for free and by this, we hope we can reduce the spread of Covid-19 among the people,” he said.

In another development, Abang Johari presented RM756,620 in government grant for the Masjid Darul Ehsan extension project here. The project, which commenced in Jan 2020, is expected to be completed by March this year.