Fines don’t seem to lower cases — come up with clear-cut SOPs

Crowded public spaces. Photo for illustration purposes. Photo: Bernama

KUCHING: The compounds issued by the authorities to standard operating procedure (SOP) flouters do not lower Covid-19 cases.

Sarawak Patriots Association (SPA) chairman Datuk John Lau Pang Heng said instead, clear Covid-19 SOPs have to be made available to the public.

“We would strongly urge the government to cut off all bureaucracy, bottlenecks and blocks. Statistics have shown that penalties issued by enforcement officers have not effectively helped to reduce the number of Covid-19 cases.

“Most people will follow the SOPs when they can understand it. Therefore, we would urge the authorities to publish the SOPs in Sarawak and Malaya, where they are not the same.

“The police being federal government employees, would tend to look and follow the federal Health director general’s directives or SOPs,” he said on Friday.

Lau said while in the past months, compounds were issued to prevent the people from violating the SOPs, statistics showed that in the past two weeks the compounds did not correlate with the lowering of Covid-19 cases.

“We urge the authority to publish specific, clear and objective SOPs. The public once they are aware of the SOP, will follow because it is our health,” he said.

Meanwhile, he also pointed out that the infectivity rate in Sarawak per 100,000 people has increased by 22 percent from June 1 to June 17 and has begun to flatten for June 16 and 17.

“Because of this, the public must support the vaccination against coronavirus programmes. Once we are vaccinated, the chances of being infected by Covid-19 will be lower,” he said.