Over half million ringgit in compounds issued for SOPs violation

ACP Ahsmon Bajah

KUCHING: A total of 216 compounds worth RM569,000, have been issued to errant individuals in Kuching district for violating the movement control order (MCO).

District police chief ACP Ahsmon Bajah said the individuals were found violating the MCO standard operating procedures (SOPs) between June 1 and 11.

“Throughout the period, our enforcement teams have inspected a total of 162,890 individuals and one person was arrested for the SOP violation.

“Apart from that, a total of 134,639 vehicles were also inspected at mounted roadblocks throughout Kuching.

“From the figure, 388 vehicles were asked to turn back after failing to provide any valid reasons for their travel,” he said.

Police have also received a total of 7,672 applications for the inter-district travel permit in the same period.

Of the figure, 7,012 applications were approved while the rest were rejected.

In light of the MCO extension until June 28, Ahsmon said the police would be changing their strategy by improving their SOP compliance teams.

“We will be adding two more (SOP compliance) teams to conduct inspections at business premises and neighbourhoods.

“With the additional compliance teams, there will be a total of 13 teams in the district,” he stated.

The public are urged to comply with the SOPs and play their role by practising the new normal, in order to break the Covid-19 transmission chain.