Local councils doing their best on enforcement of SOPs

Datuk Peter Minos

KUCHING: Local councils are doing their best to enforce and monitor Covid-19 standard operating procedure (SOP) compliance at markets, especially in light of the recent increase in cases here.

Kota Samarahan Municipal Council (MPKS) chairman Datuk Peter Minos said MPKS stringently monitored markets and roadside stalls under its jurisdiction.

“So far so good, but some people are difficult and we need to tell and warn them. The police are also helping,” he said today.

“MPKS has done its best in enforcing SOP. Our MPKS enforcement teams are actively doing checking, monitoring, lecturing, and warning. Not an easy job.”

He said he himself conducted spot checks on markets such as Bandar Riyal Market from time to time.

MPKS had cancelled its two earlier approvals for Ramadan bazaars upon advice from the Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC), Minos added.

“We are very concerned with the recent high spikes in Sarawak. We must help SDMC and the government to combat Covid-19. It is our duty against our common silent and deadly enemy.”

Meanwhile, Kuching South City Council mayor Datuk Wee Hong Seng said there had been a drop in the number of market-goers due to the rise in cases here.

“We appeal to the public to strictly follow SOP, wear face masks, and avoid crowded places. Practise self-hygiene and social distancing, and please register for the vaccine.”

He also encouraged people who go to take away food at markets to leave in a timely manner after doing so, and not to remove their masks and chat.