Roadblocks at entry points to EMCO zone

Roadblocks have been set at entry points to Kampung Bintawa, Kuching throughout the implementation of the enhanced movement control order (EMCO) period. Photo: Mohd Alif Noni

KUCHING: Three roadblocks have been set up to control the public’s entry and exit at Kampung Bintawa Tengah and Bintawa Ulu here throughout the implementation of the enhanced movement control order (EMCO) period.

The roadblocks will be located under the Tun Salahuddin Bridge as well as the road and alley (lorong) from Kampung Pulo Hilir to Kampung Bintawa.

District police chief ACP Awang Din Awang Gani said these roadblocks will be manned by 72 personnel of the People’s Volunteer Corps (Rela) and Civil Defence Force (APM) until March 29.

Apart from manning the roadblocks, the personnel will also conduct patrols at several alternative routes which are used to enter or exit the village.

Awang Din speaking to reporters while his deputy Supt Merbin Lisa (left) looks on.

“Throughout this EMCO period, no villagers will be allowed to leave and no outsiders will be permitted to enter.

“The preparations are quite challenging due to the village’s terrain — houses being very close and many alleys. However, we are confident that we will control the situation to ensure the EMCO runs smoothly.

“Hence, we hope that the villagers will be cooperative and patient during this period,” he told reporters when met today.

On Monday, the Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) announced the implementation of the EMCO for these two villages in view of the increasing number of positive cases in the area.

It was understood that there are more than 4,900 residents staying in the villages and food distribution will be handled by the Resident’s office.