KUCHING (Aug 7): Community leaders and Village Development and Security Committee (JKKK) members in Sarawak have been asked to help monitor the social movements and activities in their respective areas in the state’s efforts to fight Covid-19.
Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg said the ‘ketua kaum’ (KK) and their JKKK members knew their people well and they should help the authorities to monitor the people’s movement, to remind them, and to warn them not to break the standard operation procedures (SOP) or the quarantine order.
He said they may take turn to make their rounds around the villages to make sure the people strictly comply with the SOP that had been set by both the federal and state government during the Recovery Movement Control Order (RMCO).
“The KK and the JKKK members are to be like police, look after your area and make sure your people’s movement and social activities like wedding or birthday parties are organised in accordance with the SOP.
“You are also to make sure that those peoples who are serving their quarantine order at home do not go out from their home,” he said at the launch of a community policing programme at Wisma Bapa Malaysia here today.
Abang Johari also reminded the public in the urban and rural areas to live by the new norm until the vaccine for Covid-19 was found.
He said everyone had to strictly adhere to the SOP set by the government in every public place and in every gathering, be it social, cultural or religious.
He said those who have been issued quarantine order by the health ministry must fully abide by the order and not to venture out into public places.
“Be a responsible citizen and when under quarantine, make sure that you stay at home because if you venture into public places, you are going to affect many others.
“Bear in mind that one person with Covid-19 will transmit infection to three or four people when there are no control measures,” he said.
He said in the absence of vaccine and specific drug treatment, the government had come out with control measures including quarantine people to prevent interactions between infectious and susceptible people as a way to slow the spread.
Abang Johari said the KK and the JKKK members should also help the authority to monitor any entries from the other side of the border.
“If see anyone of them in the area, report them to the authorities immediately,” he said.
Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas and State Secretary Datuk Amar Jaul Samion were also present.