RM8.7b will ensure better police productivity: IGP
PETALING JAYA: The RM8.7 billion allocated under the Budget 2017 for the police force is important to ensure the omnipresence of police, and to enable them to better respond to criminal activities.
Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar said the allocation will not just improve their welfare but also their productivity.
“We thank the government for the allocation, and of course we understand the country’s present financial position. We will manage the allocations wisely and spend it to benefit the rakyat,” he said.
Khalid also noted on the incentives which would be given to civil servants including police personnel.
Among the incentives are unrecorded five-day quarantine leave for public servants whose children are quarantined due to illness, extending the fully-paid leave with scholarship to the support group, and increasing the motorcycle loan limit from RM5,000 to RM10,000.
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak said part of the allocation would be for major programmes and projects, including building 12 district police headquarters, VAT 69 commando training centres and the procurement of vehicles and equipment. In addition, RM323 million had been allocated to enhance operations in the Eastern Sabah Security Zone.
Deputy Home Minister Datuk Nur Jazlan Mohamed said part of the allocation will also be used to replace the aging police vehicles with more robust and durable ones.
The Malaysian Crime Prevention Foundation vice-chairman Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye was reported as saying that the allocation of RM60 million to prevent crime in cities was adequate and sufficient to increase the presence of police in public areas and neighbourhood.
Meanwhile, the Defence Ministry was relieved that the allocated RM15.1 billion would allow for projects to be carried out.
Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein said on his Facebook that he believed the allocation was manageable and would not go to waste.