KUCHING: The standard operating procedures (SOPs) for boarding ferries across the state are to ensure the safety of its users, said Batang Lupar MP Datuk Seri Rohani Abdul Karim.
She said the people must learn from past tragedies such as the one at Triso ferry point which claimed nine lives to prevent any untoward incidents in the future.
“After this tragedy, we see the new SOPs that have been enforced at each ferry requiring all passengers to alight from their vehicles and walk into the ferry. Only the drivers are allowed to be in the vehicles.
“All ferry passengers are now required to wear safety jackets while on the ferry. These SOPs are enforced because the government does not want a similar tragedy to happen again,” she said.
Rohani was officiating at the presentation of minor rural project and Projek Mesra Rakyat (PMR) grants at Sebuyau today.
She said all ferry users from now on were required to abide by the SOPs despite complaints that they were slowing down the boarding process.
“I would like to emphasise here these SOPs are for the safety of all and not intended to inconvenience anyone. We need to learn from this (recent) incident,” she said.
On the presentation of MRP and PMR grants, Rohani said a total of RM419,000 were distributed to 24 organisations, village safety and development committees (JKKKs) and surau.
The special advisor to the chief minister also urged the constituents to continue their support for the state government under the leadership of Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg and the Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS).
“GPS always prioritises the needs of the people and its concerns are reflected through the various development plans made. It always fulfils its promises and prioritises the rights of Sarawakians.
“Looking at what the Sarawak government has done to this day, there is no reason for the people not to support GPS in the next election,” she said.