Datuk Aidi Ismail

KUCHING: The police will strengthen its statewide roadblock operations in an effort to prevent people from returning to their hometowns during the coming festive season.

Sarawak Police Commissioner Datuk Aidi Ismail said although the celebration of Hari Raya Aidilfitri and Gawai Dayak is set to be different this year, it has been a tradition and a must for Malaysians to return to their respective hometowns during festive seasons, whether they celebrate it or not.

“As the main enforcement agency in the country, the Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM) will ensure the festivities are celebrated in a safe and peaceful manner.

“Meanwhile, duties entrusted to PDRM on preventing the spread of the Covid-19 outbreaks which have plagued the country will also be carried out.

“The police will intensify inspections at all roadblock operations statewide in conjunction with Hari Raya Aidilfitri and Gawai Dayak celebrations to prevent people from taking the opportunity to return to their hometowns,” Aidi said in his special message yesterday in conjunction with the forthcoming celebrations.

He advised Sarawakians to avoid from returning to their hometowns and to comply with the conditional movement control order (CMCO).

Aidi also took the opportunity to wish a selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri and Gawai Dayak to all members of PDRM Sarawak contingent and to all Sarawakians.