Hats off to Dalat police

Fatimah Abdullah

KUCHING: Dalat was the first district in Sarawak to impose fines on people disobeying the movement control order (MCO) in light of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Welfare, Community Wellbeing, Women, Family and Childhood Development Minister and Dalat assemblywoman Datuk Seri Fatimah Abdullah said her constituency has been implementing very strict measures to ensure that its people adhere to the order and stay safe from the virus.

“After the order was declared on March 18, Dalat police were the first to arrest seven individuals for violating the order.

“Since then, there are no locals travelling or chilling outside after 7pm. Roads are empty and the surroundings are silent.

“The strict action taken by our police force right in the very beginning seems to work. It drives the message home and now, people understand the seriousness and severity of Covid-19 pandemic.

“My advice to the people of Dalat and to all Sarawakians is that we have to be vigilant and not let our guard down because it’s not over yet.

“Life is difficult and we experience many inconveniences with MCO. Be patient, keep calm and in God, we place our trust,” she said.

As of Mar 28, Dalat district is recognised as a Covid-19 green area (unaffected by the virus) among several districts in Sarawak.

A total of 18 districts have remained safe from Covid-19, as major cities and towns such as Kuching, Miri and Sibu recorded cases of infection.