Longhouse chief slapped with RM4,000 compound


KUCHING: The chief of Sigi longhouse was fined RM4,000  by the Sarikei Health Division Office yesterday (July 6).

He had held a Gawai Dayak celebration at the open communal space (ruai) of the longhouse at Sungai Sentubu, Sarikei, with guests ignoring the standard operating procedure on physical distancing.   

This was revealed by the Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) yesterday. It added that the State Health Department had issued 67 compounds for various standard operating procedure (SOP) violations from June 27 to July 3.

Compounded were 53 individuals and 14 corporations who/which had violated the SOPs under Act 342.

“Since Mar 11 this year, the State Health Department had  issued 303 compounds.

“The violations include failing to comply with movement control instructions (nine); failing to wear face masks (three); entertainment centre activities (three); holding activities with physical distancing ignored (two); refusing to undergo a quarantine order under Section 14 (two); failing to register when entering premises (two); other individual SOP violations (32); premises owner did not prepare MySejahtera QR codes or logbooks (four); employer failed to comply with the employee attendance capacity (four); premises owner failed to enforce physical distancing (one); and other corporation SOP violations (five),” the committee said.

Meanwhile, the Sarawak police had issued 70 compounds to errant individuals who defied the SOPs with Kuching recording the most number (30), Bintulu (27), Miri (six), Lawas (five) and Sibu (two).

The violations included exceeding the passenger capacity in the vehicle (14); being out in a public in Bintulu (13); failing to scan the MySejahtera (11); failing to wear face masks (10); gathering without physical distancing (eight); being out in public after 12am (six); carrying out prohibited activities (six); factory failed to prepare a temperature scanner (one); and travelling between districts without a permit (one).

This brings the total amount of compounds issued since Mar 18 last year to 8,880.

The SDMC revealed that the Ministry of Local Government and Housing had issued nine compounds to business operators of premises under the supervision of various local councils — three each under the Bintulu Development Authority and the Sarikei District Council and one each under the Padawan Municipal Council, the Saratok District Council and the Marudi District Council.

The businesses were violating SOPs such as failing to update the customers’ logbook (three); failing to wear face masks (three); and operating without permission (three).

This brings the total amount of compounds issued by local authorities since Feb 1 this year to 1,243.

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