Folks set up own roadblocks
Published on: Saturday, March 28, 2020
By: Bernama
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Kota Kinabalu: Villagers in Sabah, by their own initiative have conducted roadblocks at their villages’ entry points, in an attempt to curb the COVID-19 outbreak during the Movement Control Order (MCO).

From Bernama’s observation, most villages have placed signages or banners to warn residents not to roam around.

In several villages, residents were seen guarding entry points and monitoring vehicles’ movement.

“Outsiders who wanted to enter, would be stopped if they had no urgent matters,” said Mawie Sahak, 30, one of the volunteer guards in Kampung Lapasan, Telipok, near here today.

He said the same applied for those who want to venture out as well. 

“We have been ordered by the village head to mount roadblocks as an effort to help the authorities reduce mobility during the MCO. 

“We hope this effort will help contain the spread of COVID-19 and for the same reason we are not allowing residents who live in the city to come home until the MCO ends,” he said.

Meanwhile, Pinagon Baru head chief Kiulu Martin Lotupas said they have put up a banner at the village entry point to assure residents that no outsiders were allowed in. – Bernama

“Apart from that, I have also issued letters to villagers who live in the city, telling them not to come home during the order.

“We do not know whether they are free, or not, from COVID-19 infection. As such it is better if we enforce the directive issued by the government,” he said.




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