Follow SOPs to avoid MCO in Bintulu

Tiong in one of the red zones to inspect checkpoints.

KUCHING: Residents in Bintulu are urged to be vigilant and comply strictly with the standard operating procedures (SOPs) laid out by the authorities.

Bintulu MP Datuk Seri Tiong King Sing said while it is understandable that the SOPs can be taxing for the people, it is necessary as a precautionary measure.

“If these SOPs are not strictly followed, it will lead to a more difficult situation, including being put under a movement control order (MCO) as implemented right now in other states,” he said in a Facebook post today.

Tiong also echoed the call by Bintulu Resident and Bintulu Disaster Management Committee chairman Jack Aman Luat for frontliners to work closely with each other to control the spread of Covid-19 in red zones.

“I couldn’t agree more with his statement, for the greater good.  At the same time, I hope that the people of Bintulu would strive to exercise more self-discipline during this struggle against the pandemic.

“Businesses, restaurants, entertainment outlets, all must shoulder the responsibility to help prevent further outbreaks,” he said.

Tiong said the authorities in Bintulu had committed to conduct mass screening in various red zones, and would not rule out deployment of more temporary testing stations and localised lockdowns to ensure that the coronavirus does not spread.

“Police personnel too need to exercise strict control during these local lockdowns and road closures, using checkpoints. We cannot be lax in handling these measures in order to safeguard lives,” he said.

Meanwhile, the Progressive Democratic Party president also reminded that the local Civic Centre is currently being used as a temporary Covid-19 treatment centre, where more than 40 confirmed cases were being treated.

“Therefore, all areas at the civic centre, including the public swimming pool, basketball court and ground floor, are closed to the public with no activities allowed for now. So everyone is advised to stay away from the area,” he said.