Corporal Khairi (left) and Corporal Shafiq from Balai Polis Sentral among thousands of police personnel working during the MCO, enjoy the food which was distributed by the public as an appreciation for them as front-liners. Both of them were manning a roadblock at Jalan Tun Abang Haji Openg, Kuching and it was also in conjunction with 213th Police Day. Photo Alif Noni

KUCHING: Sarawak Commissioner of Police Datuk Aidi Ismail has expressed his gratitude to the police force for their services and sacrifices in ensuring law and order during this difficult time.

The Royal Malaysian Police (PDRM) yesterday celebrated Police Day but this year’s 213th anniversary and parade were cancelled due to the Movement Control Order (MCO).

“This is a noble task that we are entrusted upon, to keep the public safe and stem the spread of Covid-19 pandemic that has hit the entire world.

“I appreciate your sacrifices in carrying out your tasks despite being exposed to this dangerous disease,” he said yesterday.

He reminded his colleagues to practise safety steps to prevent from being infected when carrying out their duties.

“I would like to wish Happy 213th Police Day to all policemen, officers and personnel from the Sarawak Contingent,” he said.

Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, in a special message, said he was proud of PDRM, adding that they had ensured a smooth implementation of the MCO.

“Certainly this requires a great deal of sacrifice and commitment so that our country will continue to be a peaceful and safe nation,” he said.

Meanwhile, Comm Aidi pointed out that an individual arrested last Saturday for disobeying the MCO would face a maximum of two years imprisonment or a fine of RM10,000 or both.

He added that so far, no other arrest had been made since the first one, and he was happy with the rest of the public for complying with the MCO.

He also explained that the congestion along the Kuching-Samarahan Expressway was due to folk heading out to purchase their daily essentials as well as services, and those going to work in essential services.