Thursday, August 6

At least eight police facilities proposed for Sarawak


KUCHING: At least eight police facilities including police stations will be built in Sarawak this year and next year if the proposal by Deputy Home Minister Datuk Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar goes through.

Wan Junaidi said this is to raise the level of morale, motivation and spirit of police personnel to deliver their best to the people.

“I have already discussed with the ministry’s (Home Ministry) economic planning unit and I plan to get not less than eight projects for police facilities for the year 2014 and 2015 and these facilities will include additional police stations.

“In 2012 and 2013 only one or two police stations were set up each year. Now I want eight. It is a shame if the deputy minister of Home Ministry cannot develop the infrastructure of the police in Sarawak,” he told the press after launching the distribution of BR1M 3.0 for recipients from Pantai Damai and Demak Laut state constituencies at the Malaysia Productivity Corporation (MPC) hall here yesterday.

He also mentioned he had requested the Deputy Inspector General of police to explore the possibility of deploying auxiliary police to help curb crime in view of the shortage of regular police personnel.

“The Blue Ocean Strategy approach to use People’s Volunteer Corps (Rela), army and Civil Defence Department to assist the police may not be relevant in some places where there are no Rela members, army or civil defence personnel.

“In the police mechanism, each police station should have its own auxiliary police. Auxiliary police are trained like the real police and they have comprehensive powers,” he said.

According to Wan Junaidi, there was a need to increase the strength of the police force as at the moment the police to population ratio was 1:700, which was far from adequate.

“We are capable of training more police. We hope that the Ministry of Finance and Civil Defence Department will give approval.

“We also welcome more non-Bumiputeras to join the police force,” he pointed out.

On another matter, he stressed that there was no violation of standard operating procedures (SOP) in an incident in Taman Sentosa, Klang which resulted in the death of a policeman and injury to another early Tuesday morning.

He said the two patrol unit personnel observed procedures in stopping to check five suspicious looking individuals.

“They did not flout any SOPs. They tried to detain five individuals because they looked suspicious. They then tried to take three women to the station in the patrol vehicle as checks on them had to be done by policewomen,” he said.

“Their actions were also apt, obviously the individuals they tried to detain were carrying parangs and knives,” he said.

In the incident, Corporal Raja Aizam Raja Mohd, 53, died from a head injury while Corporal Mohd Aidil Mustafa, 29, was injured after they were set upon by a group of foreigners.

Despite the injury and being outnumbered by the attackers, Mohd Aidil, 29, was bent on taking on the foreigners when one of them attempted to shoot him with Raja Aizam’s pistol. The gun jammed.

Mohd Aidil then wrenched the gun from the assailant before using his own gun to shoot dead the man and an accomplice.