SOPs to ensure public safety

Lee (second right), Yii (second left) and Abdul Aziz inspect a supermarket.

MIRI: Transport Minister Datuk Lee Kim Shin has reiterated that the Covid-19 standard operating procedures (SOPs) is not to make people’s life difficult, but to ensure their safety against the pandemic.

“The SOPs is not to make life difficult, but instead ensuring the community’s safety from the pandemic … If everyone observes the SOPs, we can flatten the Covid-19 positive cases, however, if the number of cases increases, we might have to impose stricter SOPs, ” the minister in charge of Miri Division Disaster Management Committee (MDDMC) said after conducting a check at four shopping malls and supermarkets in the district on Sunday (May 16).

He pointed out that MDDMC was not taking the Covid-19 pandemic issues lightly.

He reassured that enforcement team would conduct regular patrolling to business premises more frequently and even issue compound to those breaking the SOPs.

“The State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) chairman, Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah via a phone call just now has advised that inspection and enforcement must be done to ensure that the SOPs under the conditional movement control order (CMCO) are properly complied with,” he said.

Thus, he hoped that everyone would cooperate and comply with the SOPs. 

“Hopefully with the discipline and cooperation from the people we will be able to control the situation,” he said.

He commended a supermarket that he visited, Ng Sian Hap (Miri) Sdn Bhd, for complying with the latest directive issued by the Miri City Council (MCC).

It is understood that the supermarket has been restricting its customers to only 200 at a time.

Each customer will be given numbered tickets before being allowed to enter the premises.

“We hope such efforts will succeed in reducing Covid-19 positive cases as the government does not want to implement the movement control order (MCO) because it will affect all sectors, especially the economic sector,” said Lee.

Lee was accompanied by Miri mayor Adam Yii, acting Resident Abdul Aziz Mohd Yusuf and officers from the various enforcement agencies.