By Jack Lapidus
AS the world battles to take down Covid-19, several villages in Serian have taken the initiative to erect signboards highlighting the importance of social distancing to beat the growing pandemic.
According to Borneo Post, one of these villages is Kampung Pichin, located some 30km from Serian town, where signboards reminding folks to stay at home and to avoid bringing visitors to the village have been put up by its village security and development committee (JKKK) and the N21 Tebedu Service Centre.
Kampung Pichin JKKK secretary Anthony Siong said the signboards which warned outsiders from entering, were erected as preventive measures against Covid-19 in line with the Sarawak government’s Movement Control Order (MCO).
He said Sarawak’s Education, Science and Technological Research Minister and Tebedu assemblyman Datuk Seri Michael Manyin Jawong, who hails from Pichin, had strongly advised the JKKKs to take strict measures to prevent Covid-19 from spreading to their villages.
“He (Manyin) had advised the JKKKs to act immediately as it is not too late to stop Covid-19 from spreading to our villages. He told us that it is the responsibility and duty of the JKKKs to ensure the villages are safe from Covid-19.
“I hope other villages can do the same,” he said.
Village chiefs in Tebedu constituency have also been advised to temporarily put on hold any gatherings or events, and to inform their relatives and fellow villagers who work and live elsewhere not to return during the MCO period in order to control the spread of Covid-19.
Another village in the Tebedu constituency, Kampung Jenan, had also carried out the same initiative where its signboard written in Bidayuh Bukar Sadong dialect also prohibited outsiders from entering the village during the duration of the MCO.