Police roadblocks at 8 key locations in Kuching District throughout CMCO period


KUCHING: Police roadblocks are being conducted at eight locations around Kuching District throughout the Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) period, which will end this Nov 22.

The operation would cover the roundabout at Emart Jalan Matang, Jalan Temenggong Tan Meng Chong, the Kuching-Samarahan Expressway, Jalan Datuk Bandar Mustapha, the Jalan Matang stretch to Kampung Paroh, Jalan Lapangan Terbang, Jalan Stapok, and Jalan Depo Link.

According to Sarawak police commissioner Datuk Aidi Ismail, these roadblocks are being carried out to monitor the travelling activities of motorists in Kuching District during the CMCO period, as well as to ensure public compliance with the standard operating procedures (SOP) set under the directive.

Moreover, the district-wide operation would involve 192 members of the police and armed forces, he said.

“Just like those (roadblocks) that have been done before, you must obtain police permit (from the nearest police station) before travelling in and out of Kuching District, except for emergency cases,” he said when contacted yesterday.

“For those involved in essential services, their employers should provide each staff member a letter confirming that they need to go to work. Otherwise, we strongly advise working from home.

“My advice to the public is for you to stay at home if you have no urgent business outside.”

On Saturday, Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas announced the implementation of the CMCO for Kuching District, from today until Nov 22, in view of the spike in the number of positive Covid-19 cases.

Uggah, who is the Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) chairman, said the decision was based on the evaluation of the situation including the number of locally-transmitted cases over the past 14 days.

Meanwhile, the Sarawak Disaster Information page on Facebook yesterday published the SOP for the latest CMCO in Kuching District, where among the key points are the prohibition of inter-district travelling except for emergency cases such as deaths and the need to obtain medical treatment – even these situations require police permit; only three individuals from the same household are allowed to go out and procure essential items such as food; only a maximum of two passengers allowed per taxi/e-hailing vehicle; food deliveries are allowed to operate only between 6am and 10pm daily; all retail, food and beverage, hawker’s stalls, kiosk and convenience store operations are allowed from 6am to 10pm; ‘pasar tani’ (farmers markets) to open only from 6am to noon – with strict supervision from People’s Volunteers Corps; night markets to open only from 4pm to 10pm; fuel stations to operate between 6am and 10pm; and pharmacies and medicines shops to open only from 6am to 10pm.

To know more about the SOP for the CMCO, go to facebook.com/SarawakDisasterInfo/.