Rep advises constituents to stay safe

Residents from Matu and Igan set up a road block at the village entrance to prevent outsiders from entering because of growing number of Covid-19 cases.

MUKAH: Jemoreng assemblyman, Datuk Dr Juanda Jaya reminds his constituents against endangering themselves and others during the Covid-19 pandemic.

“Have pity on families in the village, do not be selfish by endangering yourself and others, and learn from mistakes elsewhere,” he said.

He directed this advice to residents who insisted on returning to their hometowns especially those from red zones suich as Sibu, Sarikei and Dalat.

“Those residents from red zones should postpone their trip back to their village temporarily.

“I also request Matu residents who are in Sibu and Sarikei to postpone the journey back home during this period.

“Return to the village only if it is urgent and there is an emergency. The villagers are also advised to only leave their homes when necessary,” he said when contacted by New Sarawak Tribune today.

Juanda chided some villagers who dared to return using rat trails (jalan tikus).

He urged the villagers and longhouse residents to keep strict access to and from their respective areas to help the government curb the spread of Covid-19.

“Limit your movements in and out of the village and do not bring children and senior citizens out of the house as they are very vulnerable to the virus,” he warned.

He praised the villagers in Kampung Kuala Matu Hulu Tok Nujum and Loba Balu Mohamad Idang as well as Raya Mission Longhouse in Batang Igan who had placed entry ban notices in their villages.

“This is a wise initiative by the villagers under the concept of ‘Kita Jaga Kita’ implemented by the village committee to control the movement of people from outside from entering their villages,” he said.

Juanda also urged all residents to observe and practise the standard operating procedures (SOP) from the Ministry of Health Malaysia (MOH) such as washing their hands with hand sanitiser, practise social distancing and use face mask when leaving the house.