KUCHING: Several housing areas in Bintulu which possesses high risks of Covid-19 outbreaks will be monitored, says its MP Datuk Seri Tiong King Sing.
He said the authorities would continue to closely monitor housing areas with outbreaks of confirmed Covid-19 cases.
“Once a housing area is identified to be at high risk of an outbreak, they need to quickly implement full lockdowns like the ones placed on Sungai Plan and PPR Taman Bandaria to effectively curb further transmissions.
“In specific housing areas, particularly high-risk ones where confirmed cases appear daily, we would not hesitate to implement lockdowns and conduct mass testing to halt the spread of the coronavirus,” he said on Friday (June 18).
Tiong said enforcement and bans on activities in rumah sewa (rental homes) and bilik sewa (rental rooms) would be launched soon.
“The disease does not see any difference between high and low income, or ethnic backgrounds. Everyone is at risk.
“The authorities must treat all affected areas equally if an enhanced movement control order (EMCO) is required to totally contain an outbreak when it happens for the life and health of the whole community.”
Tiong said Bintulu on Thursday (June 17) recorded eight new Covid-19 cases from rental homes and rooms.
“We must not take it easy and tolerate the emergence of cases in these areas. These bilik sewa have become a hotbed of new outbreaks. The respective owners of these housing must prepare themselves to face actions by authorities.
“I also urge the Bintulu Development Authority (BDA) to take immediate action to demolish illegal rental rooms to avoid future outbreaks.”
Tiong said owners of rental rooms must be proactive in ensuring that their tenants comply with the standard operating procedures (SOPs) to prevent Covid-19 and maintain a healthy standard of sanitation in the housing area.
“Even more crucial is to strictly control the movement of people in and out of the rumah sewa, stop accepting new residents for now, and not let relatives and friends from other places stay over.”