Essential and non-essential services confusion

Stanley (left) with another officer monitoring the roadblock in Durin area on Sunday.

SIBU: Some traders here are still unclear on whether their businesses belong to the essential services sector or not.

Due to this, many were found still conducting their non-essential service businesses on the first and second day of the movement control order (MCO) here, said Sibu district police chief ACP Stanley Jonathan Ringgit.

“We only advise them not to carry out their business operations, especially those who are operating at roadside stalls by ordering them to close immediately.

“Our MPV patrol police will explain to them the standard operating procedures (SOPs) on essential and non-essential services during MCO,” he said, here on Sunday (Jan17).

On roadblock operations, Stanley said that all members of the public and road users were in full compliance with the SOP guidelines.

He said the locations of roadblocks in Sibu District included Paradom roundabout, Sibu-Durin Road; Simpang Rumah Layang / Rumah Langi, Pasai Siong; Simpang Rumah Bujang, Pasai Siong and Mile 12 Oya Road.

A total of 139 personnel comprising 69 policemen, 55 from the Malaysian Armed Forces (ATM) personnel, two officials from Road Transport Department (JPJ), five from Civil Defence Force (APM), five from People’s Volunteer Corps (Rela) and three representatives of local authorities were involved in the MCO monitoring team here on Sunday.

Only those in the essential service sector are allowed to pass through the roadblocks while those who are not in the essential service sector are required to obtain their permits from the police, he added.

Meanwhile, Stanley also advised residents in Sibu to stay at home during the MCO implementation.