Report rat trails to police

Lo (centre) inspects the food donations to the Kampung Haji Baki villagers.

KUCHING: Dwellers of Kampung Haji Baki are urged to report fellow residents going in and out of the village using rat trails during the current enhanced movement control order (Emco) period.

Batu Kitang assemblyman Lo Khere Chiang in stressing this said if the villagers know where the rat trails are, they should let the police know so that the area can be cordoned off.

“I advise the dwellers of Kampung Haji Baki to remain patient as they undergo the 14-day (Emco) period. Today is already Nov 5; they have five more days to go.

“I hope that by the end of the Emco, the village will record zero cases but if there is anyone coming in and out of the village, the worry is that there will be a spike in Covid-19 cases.


“While everything is taken care of in terms of food and health services, I don’t think we can undergo another 14 days ‘lockdown’,” he said during a Facebook live session on Thursday night (Nov 5).

Lo said the dwellers are being well taken care of in terms of their daily needs as food and medical services are available at all times.

“If somehow, someone gets sick, it will affect the whole village. We don’t want to return to the way it was during the first day of Emco where there are spike in Covid-19 cases.

“To the villagers, if they see anyone entering and exiting the village from the rat trails, inform the police as it needs to seal off,” he said.

Kampung Haji Baki went into Emco starting Oct 28 after recording a spike in Covid-19 cases. The movement restrictions affected 530 households involving over 4,200 residents.

Roadblocks have been set up by the police at all entrances to the village in order to monitor the movement of the villagers and those coming in and going out of the area for the duration of the Emco, which ends at midnight on Nov 10.

Meanwhile, various organisations donated food supplies for Kampung Haji Baki folk.

Lo said among the companies and organisations are the Kuching International Airport’s merchant, H&L, Mama Bakery Batu 7, The Spring, Pembena Emas Sdn Bhd and also the Bintulu, Mukah & Oya fishermen association.

The Kuching International Airport’s merchant donated 20 boxes of biscuits, five boxes of canned sardines, six packs of 5kg packed rice, two boxes of instant noodles, 200 packs of bee hoon, 13 packs of instant noodles, one pack of cream milk and four boxes of cracker biscuits.

H&L donated 200 packs of 2kg rice while Mama Bakery Batu 7 donated 100 packs of bread. Meanwhile The Spring and Pembena Emas Sdn Bhd donated supplies of Milo, canned sardines, cream crackers, sweet corns, tissues and noodles.

The Bintulu, Mukah & Oya fishermen association donated nine boxes of Tahai fish sauce.

“We appreciate to all kind donations. Since the lockdown, people from all walks of life came with all sorts of donations to help the villagers during this difficult period.

“Thank you to everyone who has generously sponsored daily necessities or food to Kampung Haji Baki so that the residents are able to go about their daily lives,” Lo said in a Facebook post on Friday.

He urged all parties who want to donate food and other supplies to contact him at 013-8188088 or 011-28155319. The public also can donate to the N13 Batu Kitang Welfare Bureau bank account number 8008197323 (CIMB Bank).