Tuesday, February 7

Police HQ to be built at Petra Jaya

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A NEW Kuching District police headquarters is to be built at Petra Jaya under the Tenth Malaysia Plan (10MP).

MEETING THE MEDIA: Dr Chan (middle) flanked by Dato Sri Wong Son Koh (left) and Datuk David Teng at the media conference held in the afternoon session of DUN sitting.

Bandar Baru Samariang, Muara Tebas and Bako will also have a police station each proposed under the plan.

This was revealed by Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Dr George Chan when he replied to questions raised by Sharifah Hasidah Sayeed Aman Ghazali (BN-Semariang) and Dr Abdul Rahman Junaidi (BN-Pantai Damai) at DUN yesterday.

Both backbenchers have raised concern over the rising population in the areas which they feared could give rise to some social problems.

To a particular question raised by Dr Abdul Rahman, Dr Chan, who is also Industrial Development Minister, disclosed that Gita and Santubong police stations had 67 officers.

In view of the fast growing population in these areas, Dr Chan (BN-Piasau) pointed out that crime prevention activities undertaken by both police stations were complemented by the General Operations Force (GOF), patrol vehicle units, and CID Kuching District police from Simpang Tiga.

“In addition to the above, the police in its efforts to reduce crimes in these areas has earmarked on numerous anti-crime operations such as frequent road blocks and check points,” Dr Chan stressed.

The police, Dr Chan noted also organised talks in schools and dialogue with local communities to enhance community participation policing in assisting police efforts to reduce crimes.

Meanwhile, Assistant Minister of Environment and Public Health Dr Stephen Rundi Utom said a new clinic at Pantu in Sri Aman Division which was approved under the Ninth Malaysian Plan (9MP) has been brought forward to the 10MP.

This, he said was because the present site was insufficient to build a clinic Type 5SS that was initially planned.

He was responding to Snowdan Lawan (BN-Balai Ringin) who was curious to know the status of the project.

Dr Rundi (BN-Kemena) estimated the cost of the project at RM7 million and able to provide medical service to around 5,000 people, adding that the construction plan has been submitted to the Development and Planning Division in the Ministry of Health.