RM8.7b will en­sure bet­ter po­lice pro­duc­tiv­ity: IGP

The Sun (Malaysia) - - NEWS WITHOUT BORDERS - BY ASH­WIN KUMAR

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.

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