KOTA KINABALU: The daily commute of road users within Penampang, Putatan and Kota Kinabalu will be much smoother soon as police are taking down their roadblocks within these districts from midnight on Sunday (July 10).
Sabah Police Commissioner Datuk Hazani Ghazali said the decision was made following observation of traffic movement over the past two weeks.
“Our observation showed that most road users were either workers or people who go out for essential matters,” he said when contacted on Monday (July 5).
He said roadblocks statewide will now be focused on district borders to make traffic flow smoother but that does not mean they will be lenient in enforcing SOPs.
“Previously, roadblocks were also put up at sub-borders and roads from villages but we decided to do away with them as they were redundant,” he said.
Hazani said this decision had nothing to do with the state government’s instructions or some of the local authorities’ stand in relaxing SOPs such as allowing for dine-ins among others.
He explained that it was vital that the police were able to move their manpower around to better handle Covid-19 prevention and management.