60,000 cops nationwide to be given public order training
KUCHING: Some 60,000 police personnel throughout the country will be given public order training in stages to prepare them for the 14th general election (GE14).
Royal Malaysia Police Internal Security and Public Order Department ( KPDKA) director Datuk Seri Zulkif li Abdullah said the training, expected to be completed by the end of next month, is to prepare them for possible challenges during the polls.
“I was made to understand that they are ready and we will decide on the tasks when the government announces the date for GE14. Our teams will be prepared for whatever tasks come our way. We will also give public order training to 60,000 personnel throughout the country to face the coming general election.
“They will be trained in various aspects in order to discharge their duties such as at the polling centre and also to maintain public order,” he told journalists after visiting the state General Operations Force ( PGA) headquarters in Batu Kawah here yesterday.
Zulkifli said the training, which should start early next month, would cover all elements of public order to equip personnel with the ability to assess situations.
“A few phases of training will be carried out nationwide. The various states are to have their respective trainings,” he said.
He said the state PGA has three battalions – one each in Kuching, Sibu and Miri – with their tasks depending on the situation and
I was made to understand that they are ready and we will decide on the tasks when the government announces the date for GE14. Our teams will be prepared for whatever tasks come our way. We will also give public order training to 60,000 personnel throughout the country to face the coming general election.
needs on the ground.
“What we usually do is we dispatch personnel from the nearest battalion. And we have six Public Order Riot Units, which can be dispatched to any place when the need arises. We will maximise our resources,” he said.
“In view of the long stretch of border, I appeal to the locals to help us because the police alone cannot monitor the entire stretch of border. We need the local community to come forward with information and watch out for illegal activities taking place, and report to us. I ask that they work with us by calling the police hotline or becoming patrol volunteers.”
He added that the public could also provide information using photos or videos.
“All this will help us because we depend a lot on intelligence. We do not want to exhaust our resources. PGA can then help the police to combat crime so as to bring down the crime rate especially in major towns. We are also looking at how PGA can help bring crime under control,” said Zulkifli.
Datuk Seri Zulkifli Abdullah, Royal Malaysia Police Internal Security and Public Order Department (KPDKA) director
Zulkifli inspects the PGA squad during his visit.