Abang Johari (second left) presents a Community Policing Module book to a community leader while Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas (right) and State Secretary Datuk Amar Jaul Samion (left) look on during the community policing programme launching ceremony at Wisma Bapa Malaysia in Petra Jaya, Kuching. Photo: Mohd Alif Noni

KUCHING:The responsibility of taking care of the safety and wellbeing of the public rests on the shoulders of the community, said Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg.

He said this was crucial during the Covid-19 pandemic in enforcing standard operating procedure (SOP) and good practices to mitigate the spread of the virus.

“So, we have to take care of our own, the people’s representatives also have to take care of the community and myself along with the government will also do that.

“In the case of flouting home quarantine, it is a test of whether we are being honest with ourselves and if the people are not honest, they can cut their home quarantine wristband and go out into the public.

“When this happens, it is the responsibility of the community leader who knows the people in his village to advise them,” he said when officiating at the launch of a community policing programme here yesterday.

Abang Johari said, during the peak of Covid-19 in the state, there was worry about illegals entering the state from Kalimantan, Indonesia.

However, a deal was struck with the Kalimantan Governor for the other side to prevent their people from crossing into Sarawak.

“Of course, then the worry was also on those (illegals) who managed to wriggle their way in using rat trails, that is why we need to police our neighbourhood to reduce the spread of Covid-19 as there is no cure for the virus yet.”

He said with the new normal, the lifestyles of the people needed to be changed as well.

“JKKKs have to guide villagers in case they want to do a wedding ceremony or other public assemblies, to follow SOP.

“If it is set at a maximum of 250 people, then we can’t invite the whole village. It has to be that way as the situation does not permit it. JKKKs will need to explain this to the villagers” he stressed.