Sarawak launch Community Policing Programme to curb contagious diseases

KUCHING: The Sarawak Government today launched the Community Policing Programme as an initiative to curb the spread of contagious diseases in the state.

In his speech at the launch of the programme, Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg said this effort needed the cooperation of community leaders, the Village Development and Security Committee, as well as non-governmental organisations to monitor the situation in their areas, villages and longhouses.

He said Sarawak needed to have its own prevention programme and to enforce stricter and more effective measures to curb the spread of diseases like COVID-19, rabies, malaria and dengue fever.

“We look after ourselves and together, we look after Sarawak,” he said, urging the public to abide by all the orders issued by the government relating to COVID-19.

He said complying with the government’s instructions and the quarantine order would help curb the spread of the pandemic.

He also urged community leaders to monitor illegal immigrants in their villages and longhouses for fear that they may have the COVID-19 virus and infect the locals.

Abang Johari also praised the efforts by the Sarawak Disaster Management Committee chaired by Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah to curb the spread of Covid-19 in the state.

He added that the Sarawak government and the Governor of West Kalimantan were working together to curb the spread of COVID-19.

He said the Governor had written to the Sarawak government to allow Indonesians in West Kalimantan to come over to buy food items to shops at the border areas.

However, he said, the process was being closely monitored by authorities on both sides to ensure compliance with the standard operating procedure