Bintulu Member of Parliament (MP) Datuk Seri Tiong King Sing has warned owners of rented homes to comply with the standard operating procedures (SOPs) set up to curb the spread of COVID-19, otherwise, their premises will be demolished.
He said many repeated appeals have already been made to the landlords to refrain from renting out their rumah sewa to new tenants coming from outside the Bintulu district, reported Malay Mail.
“This will be the final time I make this reminder and appeal…It would not be tolerated any further and the landlords cannot blame the authorities for taking stricter action,” Tiong wrote on his Facebook post.
He cited a case where the tenants of a rented house repeatedly crossed districts for work and tested positive upon their return. He revealed that this led to the rumah sewa being locked down for three times.
“Why do the people continue to stubbornly dismiss the SOPs?” he asked as quoted by Malay Mail.
Tiong noted that majority of confirmed cases within Bintulu occurred in rumah sewa and longhouses.
According to him, a number of irresponsible individuals have tampered with the rt-PCR test reports that are needed to apply for inter-district travel passes. Several police reports have also been falsified.
“This is extremely infuriating and disappointing. We are facing a life and death situation on a pandemic scale but yet we continue to encounter behaviour like this which threatens our efforts to battle the coronavirus,” he said.
Tiong said the authorities have repeatedly urged relevant businesses to cooperate with the government’s COVID-19 prevention efforts, which include not renting out their units to people coming from outside the district, maintaining sanitary conditions and monitoring the flow of people.
“If the rumah sewa still do not cooperate with the SOPs, they will face immediate demolition by the authorities,” he added.