60,000 cops na­tion­wide to be given pub­lic or­der train­ing

The Borneo Post - - HOME - By Lim How Pim re­porters@the­bor­neo­post.com

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.

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