KUCHING: The effort to curb the spread of Covid-19 must start with the smallest unit of community, said Welfare, Community Wellbeing, Women, Family and Childhood Development Minister Datuk Seri Fatimah Abdullah.

She stated that in order to break the chain of Covid-19 transmission, it should start with the smallest unit of community — family.

“From there onwards, every family shall do their part in making sure that their respective community as a whole is protected from the outbreak.”

“A unit of community must have a strong sense of kita jaga kita (protect each other), be it protecting our family or protecting our community at the village or longhouse level.

“Such measure could be taken through stringent practices on personal hygiene in the family and compliance with the movement control order (MCO),” she told New Sarawak Tribune yesterday.

She was responding to a recent announcement by Senior Minister (Defence) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob on Sunday who said the federal government encouraged the community to self-regulate themselves during the MCO to prevent the spread of Covid-19.

Ismail Sabri mentioned that such initiative was good as it would ensure the health and safety of the people as well as to keep the community devoid of any cases and stay in the green zone.

To this, Fatimah, who is also the Dalat assemblywoman, further said that the Dalat community was very law abiding after early incidents of non-compliance groups being arrested and brought to court.

“The strict enforcement by the police in Dalat constituency right from the beginning of the MCO and ‘Kita Jaga Kita’ sense of responsibility contributed to Dalat being a green zone until today,” she added.

She shared that Dalat IPD created history by being the first to arrest MCO violators and bringing the cases to court.

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