The deserted Lundu town.

KUCHING: The beach town of Lundu appears deserted with residents preferring to stay indoors during the movement control order (MCO) period.

A check by New Sarawak Tribune in the town bordering West Kalimantan, Indonesia on Saturday showed minimal movement by town folk.

Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg had issued an order to close the border with immediate effect shortly after his press conference at Wisma Bapa Malaysia, detailing the latest step to curb the spread of Covid-19 last Saturday.

As of yesterday, all border control posts are closed indefinitely. Customs, Immigration and Quarantine (CIQ) complexes at the border with Indonesia particularly in Tebedu, Biawak and Lubok Antu will only be operational between 9am to 3pm.

The Biawak CIQ in Lundu was closed at 3pm sharp, a check by our journalists confirmed.

Johnathan Mapang

Senior Immigration officer Jonathan Mapan when met said the CIQ complex will adhere to the latest government order on operating hours.

He pointed out that the new operating time was to give priority to returning Malaysians and also Indonesians to return to their country. However, any new entries to both countries are not allowed.

Sergeant Ramzila Wahed who heads the monitoring team in the town said the situation was under control and monitoring would be done continuously.

“We will monitor civilian vehicles if they are carrying five or more people and acting suspiciously. If there is nothing, then we ask them to leave.

“Our side will advise the motorists to adhere to the MCO and we will take measures if they refuse to comply,” he said.