Road to Bintulu to be blocked

Tiong (right) during a meeting with the Bintulu Division Disaster Management Committee.

KUCHING: Several roadblocks will be set up at roads leading to Bintulu to control the traffic flow into the district, said Bintulu MP Datuk Seri Tiong King Sing.

He said this involves the Miri-Bintulu road, Miri-Bintulu coastal road, and the Sibu-Bintulu road following a decision by Bintulu Division Disaster Management Committee today.

“Traffic flow into the urban areas must be strictly controlled to avoid abuses of inter-district travel passes.

“At the same time, we strongly urge the public to celebrate the Chinese New Year (CNY) with minimal travel to prevent further outbreaks of Covid-19 during the festive season,” he said today.

Tiong said, in the interest of public health and safety, the Police had to implement a strict round-the-clock control of traffic flow into these areas, including putting a roadblock on the Miri coastal road.

“Commuters entering these areas must have valid reasons and documentation for inter-district travel. Without one, they will be asked to return to their districts even if they had obtained prior approval from their areas’ police stations to travel,” he said.

Tiong said with the CNY approaching, the celebrants are urged to remain cautious to prevent the pandemic from spiralling out of control.

“While it is understood that families have waited long to have their reunions with their loved ones, the fact is that the current pandemic is still in our midst. There are new clusters,” he said.

He said while outbreak at longhouses in Bintulu has been kept under control, the trend suggests that the infection has moved to the urban areas.

“Therefore, it is important for all the people of Bintulu to play their part in the next two weeks to help flatten the curve of infections.

“Please do not use this issue to rile up emotions and politicise it unnecessarily. Although this year’s CNY will not be the same, we must endure a little sacrifice to contain the pandemic.

“Once we overcome the coronavirus, we will then be able to celebrate all together in the coming year,” he said.