Miro Simuh (second right) presenting a souvenir to ASP Jackson Kisang (left) representing Bau Police Chief, while from second left Bau District Officer Anielia Siam and Bau District Council Secretary Simon Wong (right) look on. Photo: Ramidi Subari

KUCHING: Motorcycle thefts in Bau had gone down since the movement control order (MCO) was imposed in March this year, said Serembu assemblyman Miro Simuh.

He said this was one of the positive impacts of closing the state’s border to curb the spread of Covid-19.

Miro was speaking at the closing ceremony of the third series of Bau-district level State Community Policing programme yesterday.

He said the only issue he was concerned about was the increasing drug abuse among youth in the district.

“I was informed that besides teenagers, children as young as 10 years old were also using drugs,” he said.

Miro urged all community leaders at the grassroots level to  play a more effective role in safeguarding the well-being of the people in their areas.

“Although community policing members cannot make arrests, what is more important is the leader can provide accurate information to the relevant authorities for further action,” he pointed out.

Miro stressed that the security and well-being of the community must begin with themselves.

“We cannot depend on the police alone,” he said.

On community policing, the assemblyman said, “This concept is not new. The programme covers the roles and responsibilities of the community leaders in managing grassroots issues.

“Apart from crime matters, it also covers various other issues including drug abuse, health security issues and natural disasters.

“As we face Covid-19, I want all of you to play your roles seriously by keeping an eye on your people and areas while working closely with the police, anti-drug agencies, Health Department, Fire and Rescue Department and the military,” he said.