Grassroots leaders in Sarawak to help manage Covid-19 outbreak

Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah. (Bernama Pix)

By John Isaac

GRASSROOTS leaders in Sarawak will be roped in to help the authorities manage the Covid-19 outbreak in their respective villages under a newly-introduced community policing programme.

Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah said the programme would also empower village development and security committees (JKKKs) to assist in managing security and other disasters.

“With community policing, they become the eyes and ears of agencies such as the police and Health Department.

“For example, they can report the presence of illegal immigrants to the authorities.

“They cannot make arrests but they can report the matter,” he said as reported by The Star.

Uggah said ground training for JKKK leaders statewide would start within the next two weeks.

“Each division will organise their own training,” he said, adding that the programme would involve JKKKs in about 7,000 villages and longhouses in the state.

Uggah also said the community policing programme encompassed the roles and responsibilities of community leaders in managing disasters, such as Covid-19, dengue, rabies, floods and fire.

To kickstart the programme, he said the state disaster management committee conducted training of trainers for 500 people statewide on July 21-29.

“The trainers will later hold workshops for JKKK personnel in villages and longhouses, in accordance with the standard operating procedure and physical distancing,” he said.