PM: PO­LICE TO GET HIGH-TECH BUILD­ING FOR SPE­CIAL AC­TION UNIT, NEW STA­DIUM

PM lauds sac­ri­fices cops make to main­tain se­cu­rity and pub­lic or­der

New Straits Times - - Front Page - HANA NAZ HARUN AND ZAFIRA AN­WAR KUALA LUMPUR news@nst.com.my

THE gov­ern­ment has ap­proved two projects for the po­lice in con­junc­tion with the 210th Po­lice Day Memo­rial Pa­rade yes­ter­day.

Prime Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Na­jib Razak said these were a 35,000-ca­pac­ity sta­dium at the Po­lice Train­ing Cen­tre (Pu­lapol) and a build­ing for the Spe­cial Ac­tion Unit (UTK) in Se­menyih.

“These two projects, brought by Deputy Prime Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Dr Ah­mad Zahid Hamidi as home min­is­ter, were ap­proved by the gov­ern­ment dur­ing a re­cent cab­i­net meet­ing.

“Hope­fully, the new sta­dium in Pu­lapol will pro­vide more com­fort and bring more suc­cess to the po­lice foot­ball team.

“Se­condly, the cab­i­net also ap­proved a new, high-tech UTK build­ing in Se­menyih,” he said, adding the UTK had been op­er­at­ing in­side an old build­ing at the fed­eral po­lice head­quar­ters in Bukit Aman.

Speak­ing at Pu­lapol yes­ter­day, Na­jib also an­nounced that the gov­ern­ment would do­nate RM3 mil­lion to Tabung Amanah Warisan Po­lis launched yes­ter­day to hon­our per­son­nel who had left the ser­vice.

Present were Na­jib’s wife, Datin Seri Ros­mah Man­sor, Zahid, Deputy Home Min­is­ter Datuk Nur Ja­zlan Mo­hamed, In­spec­torGen­eral of Po­lice Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar and for­mer IGP Tun Hanif Omar.

Na­jib also con­demned “ir­re­spon­si­ble” groups who be­lit­tled the force by mak­ing “un­rea­son­able al­le­ga­tions” against them.

Na­jib said such ac­tions were dis­hon­ourable, im­proper and im­moral, es­pe­cially if based on ob­jec­tives in­flu­enced by nar­row po­lit­i­cal ide­ol­ogy.

“I am sad that there are some ir­re­spon­si­ble par­ties try­ing to be­lit­tle the role and con­tri­bu­tions of the po­lice, tar­nish­ing their im­age with un­rea­son­able al­le­ga­tions. I stand here to say that the gov­ern­ment will stand be­hind the po­lice.

“No­body can deny (and) his­tory has shown that the po­lice have played a huge role and contributed a lot to the na­tion.

“They are among the thousands of of­fi­cers who are al­ways on the front line, brave and will­ing to sac­ri­fice, even when their lives are at stake, to main­tain se­cu­rity and pub­lic or­der.”

He said Malaysia’s suc­cesses and recog­ni­tions would not have been pos­si­ble with­out the peace and pros­per­ity the coun­try en­joyed, both due to the role played by the po­lice force.

Among oth­ers, he cited the launch of the world’s first dig­i­tal eco­nomic hub out­side of China, the Dig­i­tal Free Trade Zone, and the Saudi Ara­bian Oil Com­pany’s US$7 bil­lion (RM30.9 bil­lion) in­vest­ment for a 50 per cent stake in Petro­liam Na­sional Bhd’s Re­fin­ery and Petro­chem­i­cal In­te­grated De­vel­op­ment project.

“All these would not have been suc­cess­fully re­alised with­out mak­ing se­cu­rity and peace fun­da­men­tal is­sues, which are among the ma­jor pre­req­ui­sites for na­tional de­vel­op­ment and pros­per­ity.”

He said the gov­ern­ment re­alised that chal­lenges faced by the po­lice, such as white-col­lar crime in­volv­ing the abuse of so­phis­ti­cated com­put­erised tech­nol­ogy, cross-bor­der or­gan­ised crime and cy­ber­crime, were be­com­ing more com­plex.

“Thus, I be­lieve that the po­lice, as a dy­namic and pro­gres­sive en­force­ment or­gan­i­sa­tion, must carry out trans­for­ma­tion, move in line with cur­rent de­mands, en­vi­ron­men­tal changes and in­creas­ing pub­lic ex­pec­ta­tions.”

Ear­lier, Na­jib in­spected a guard of hon­our ac­com­pa­nied by Khalid and watched a pa­rade by 1,200 po­lice per­son­nel.

He then launched the Vol­un­tary Smart­phone Pa­trol app, which al­lows a po­ten­tial 11 mil­lion smart­phone users in the coun­try to send real-time pho­tos or videos of crimes, ac­ci­dents and nat­u­ral dis­as­ters.

Na­jib also launched a cof­feetable book ti­tled F Team: Only the Brave about the ex­ploits of the Spe­cial Branch’s F Team, which took down the un­der­ground net­work of the Malayan Com­mu­nist Party dur­ing the Malayan Emer­gency.

In Ge­orge Town, hun­dreds of po­lice­men of var­i­ous ranks and file cel­e­brated the 210th Po­lice Day at the state po­lice head­quar­ters yes­ter­day, be­gin­ning with a march­past to wel­come state Deputy Po­lice Chief Datuk Roslee Chik.

Roslee ad­dressed the of­fi­cers and read out a speech by the in­spec­tor-gen­eral of po­lice.

As­sis­tant Su­per­in­ten­dent Ak­mal Ya­haya, Sergeant Ma­jor Is­mail Hashim, Cor­po­ral Mohd Rusli Abass, Cor­po­ral Wan Ah­mad Nor Fir­man Ab­dul Hamed, Syal­iza Saad and Nor Ama­lina Abd Ma­jid were awarded po­lice in­tegrity awards.

M. Muthu Ku­mar re­ceived the Pe­nang Po­lice Chief Award in the aux­il­iary po­lice cat­e­gory while Nah Boon Leng, Tan Thean Keng, Gooi Soon Chye, Cheng Chin Chuan and Hing Moh York re­ceived awards in the com­mu­nity polic­ing cat­e­gory.

Present was state Crim­i­nal In­ves­ti­ga­tion Depart­ment chief Se­nior As­sis­tant Com­mis­sioner Zainol Samah.

In Kuan­tan, at the Pa­hang po­lice head­quar­ters in Jalan Gam­but, ap­pre­ci­a­tion let­ters were pre­sented to 38 in­di­vid­u­als for their con­tri­bu­tion to the force.

State Crime Preven­tion and Com­mu­nity Safety Depart­ment chief Datuk Ja­maludin Kudin handed the let­ters to 31 po­lice­men and seven mem­bers of the pub­lic, in­clud­ing a rep­re­sen­ta­tive from a news­pa­per or­gan­i­sa­tion.

Ear­lier, Ja­maludin in­spected a march­ing pa­rade and de­liv­ered Khalid’s man­date.

In Ipoh, some 1,000 peo­ple com­pris­ing po­lice of­fi­cers, rank and file, cadets, re­tired of­fi­cers, Po­lice Fam­ily As­so­ci­a­tion mem­bers, non-gov­ern­men­tal or­gan­i­sa­tion rep­re­sen­ta­tives and mem­bers of the pub­lic at­tended the cel­e­bra­tion at the Perak po­lice head­quar­ters yes­ter­day.

State CID chief Datuk Gan Tian Kee of­fi­ci­ated the event and de­liv­ered Khalid’s speech.

The event saw 177 mem­bers of the po­lice force and the pub­lic, in­clud­ing 27 mem­bers of the me­dia, re­ceive cer­tifi­cates of ap­pre­ci­a­tion from Gan.

Sub-In­spec­tor Marzukhi Harun of the Se­lama dis­trict head­quar­ters (su­per­vi­sion), Cor­po­ral/Sup­port Zain­udin Mohd Rashid from the Ta­pah dis­trict head­quar­ters (sup­port group/ Orang Asli) and Mohd Naim Che Ab­dul Aziz from the state con­tin­gent head­quar­ters’ In­tegrity and Stan­dard Com­pli­ance Depart­ment (Gen­eral Of­fi­cer) re­ceived the Po­lice In­tegrity Award.

Present were Perak Crime Preven­tion and Com­mu­nity Safety Depart­ment chief Se­nior As­sis­tant Com­mis­sioner T. Sel­ven and Perak Man­age­ment Depart­ment head As­sis­tant Com­mis­sioner Sha­haron An­uar Ab­dul Latif.

PIC BY SYARAFIQ ABD SA­MAD

Prime Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Na­jib Razak and his deputy, Datuk Seri Dr Ah­mad Zahid Hamidi, with mem­bers of the Spe­cial Branch’s F Team at the Po­lice Day cel­e­bra­tions at the Po­lice Train­ing Cen­tre in Kuala Lumpur yes­ter­day.

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