KUCHING: Enforcement of standard operating procedures (SOPs) during the recovery movement control order (RMCO) will be intensified to ensure strict public compliance.

Deputy Inspector-General of Police Datuk Mazlan Mansor said the police would no longer compromise nor tolerate those who disobey or violate the SOPs.

“Stricter approach shall be taken by the police and other agencies under the compliance operation task force (comprising Malaysian Armed Forces, Civil Defence Force, Volunteer Corps among others) in Kuching and Sarawak as a whole to curb further spread of the virus.

“We do not want all efforts made before to go to waste. So far, the community have complied with the SOP but, when the easing of restriction were introduced, some seem to take advantage and become rather complacent and daring to disobey and violate the SOP.

“We have to do that, so get ready, to those (flouters) as stern action shall be taken by the task force against them,” he told a press conference at Sarawak General Operation Force (GOF) headquarters here yesterday (July 24).

According to him, flouters will be arrested under the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Act 1988 (Act 342).

Also present were Bukit Aman Internal Security and Public Order (KDNKA) director Datuk Seri Acryl Sani Abdullah Sani, Sarawak Police Commissioner Datuk Aidi Ismail, deputy Police Commissioner Datuk Dev Kumar and Sarawak Brigade commander SAC Mancha Ata.