Tuesday, September 05, 2006


Nation - 05/09/2006

Najib: No need for reservists to patrol our streets

KUALA LUMPUR: There is no need to deploy the Territorial Army to help fight crime in the country, as the crime rate has not reached catastrophic levels, said Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak. In any case, the Territorial Army has other duties to attend to, such as border surveillance and forming the border brigade, the Deputy Prime Minister said.

“It is quite sufficient to reactivate the Rukun Tetangga and integrate it with police patrolling and anti-drug activities,” Najib, who is also Defence Minister, told reporters after launching the National Service Alumni Club at the International Islamic University in Gombak, near here, yesterday.

On Sunday, Deputy Home Affairs Minister Datuk Tan Chai Ho said that the ministry, after taking into account public requests and manpower shortage faced by the police, would propose to the Government to deploy Territorial Army personnel in the streets to help police combat crime.

Central - 04/09/2006

Charity golf tourney raises RM10,000 for NKF

THE Section 14A Rukun Tetangga (RT) of Petaling Jaya held its annual Merdeka Charity Golf 2006 tournament at Kelab Golf Perkhidmatan Awam (KGPA) recently. The tournament was organised as a fun activity, aimed at encouraging healthy competition, fostering community spirit and helping to raise funds for a charitable cause.

“The proceeds of RM10,000 were donated to the National Kidney Foundation of Malaysia (NKF), which is also located in Section 14,” said Section 14A RT chairman Tee Kee Tian.

“Medical treatment is very expensive nowadays, so we hope the money will help ease the patients’ financial burden when undergoing dialysis treatment.”
A total of 80 golfers participated in the competition, while about 200 guests attended the dinner that was held shortly after the competition. Alex Liew emerged champion with a score of 39. James Siow and Borhan Ujang, who both scored 38, finished second and third, respectively. Prizes were sponsored by the public and the Section 14 neighbourhood. Deputy Tourism Minister and Petaling Jaya South MP Datuk Donald Lim Siang Chai officiated at the event. Also present were Damansara Utama assemblyman and Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ) LA 21 chairman Datuk Lim Choon Kin, Petaling district officer Mazalan Md. Noor, MBPJ councillor Dr Wong Chee Yong, NKF CEO Goh Seng Chuan, KGPA captain Abdul Razak Idris and Clara International CEO Datuk Woo Ser Chai.

According to Tee, the Section 14A RT was created 31 years ago.

“We will also be having the Merdeka Karaoke Competition on Sept 16 at the Section 14A RT field to collect funds that will be donated to the Petaling Jaya Autism Centre,” he said.

Nation - 04/09/2006

Rela member helps keep neighbourhood safe

KLANG: Rela member Zainal Kamrin Adam, 57, has a lean mean machine – a 750cc Honda African Twin – complete with loudhailers that pack roaring power, when he goes after thieves. Indeed, the man and his machine had outrun two snatch thieves trying to get away on a Honda kapcai two years ago.

“I was riding my motorcycle in town when I saw these two men snatching a woman’s handbag and riding away on their motorcycle.

“Apa lagi? (What else?) I gave chase. No problem overtaking them on my big bike. I kicked and they fell.

“One of them managed to run as I grabbed the other. By then, a crowd had gathered and the culprit was handed over to police,” said the retired maintenance engineer, who has been a Rela member for more than 20 years.

No sitting at home for this well-built and stand-straight-as-a-rod father of three even after retirement. Instead, he actively participates in Rela and rose through the ranks to become an instructor. He is among the 300 volunteers from Rela, Civil Defence and Rukun Tetangga participating in an anti-crime programme in Klang, which was launched yesterday.

“I joined Rela because I like uniforms. I was a Scout member in school and had wanted to join the army but my parents objected,” said Zainal from Taman Kampung Kuantan.

He feels everyone has a role to play in keeping the neighbourhood safe. He also believes that the thieves will not be so daring if there are more people fighting crime.

Nation - 04/09/2006

MPs bid to ‘reclaim’ Klang

KLANG: Delicious seafood, bak kut teh and upscale housing schemes. This royal town has it all, including the unsavoury reputation as a high-crime-rate area. The police are trying their best but they lack manpower. So, two women MPs, who have heard enough complaints from the public, have decided to step in and become allies of the police.Klang MP Datin Paduka Dr Tan Yee Kew and Kapar MP P. Komala Devi have each contributed RM50,000 towards a three-month pilot project to rope in three volunteer groups to patrol crime-prone areas in Klang. The anti-crime project, believed to be the first in the country involving members of Rela, Civil Defence and Rukun Tetangga, was launched yesterday. Surveillance teams, each comprising a Rela and a Civil Defence member in uniform, will patrol designated areas in shifts. Rukun Tetangga members will distribute flyers on safety to the public. Snatch thieves beware because one of the main reasons for establishing these anti-crime squads is to reduce the occurrence of this particular crime. Dr Tan lamented on how snatch theft and other crimes over the years had tarnished the town's reputation.

“In the 60s and 70s, Klang was known as a 'cowboy town' because of rampant gangsterism, smuggling and vice.

“The police took nearly 20 years to clear the town's name and bring crime under control.

“However, rapid development has brought about more crime, particularly snatch thefts, resulting in residents feeling unsafe even to walk on the streets in broad daylight,” said Dr Tan.

Dr Tan and Komala felt compelled to join forces with the police and rally support because they wanted to “save our town.” Klang OCPD Assistant Commissioner (ACP) Azizan Taat thanked the volunteers for their time and effort, but stressed on the need to follow procedures and act within the law. Komala said the mere presence of men in uniform would psychologically boost the confidence of the public.

“It will also deter thieves as they know getting away will not be so easy. It is time to reclaim our town and let the thieves know crime does not pay,” she said.

Nation - 04/09/2006

Another group to assist cops

PETALING JAYA: Territorial Army personnel may be the latest group after Rela members and the Rukun Tetangga to be recruited to help police fight crime. Deputy Home Affairs Minister Datuk Tan Chai Ho said the Government may deploy Territorial Army personnel in the streets to help police fight crime, after taking into account public requests and the manpower shortage faced by the police. A proposal on the matter would be made to the police and Defence Ministry, he said, adding that the group was made up of volunteers who had received military training and could be deployed to assist police in crime prevention.

“The Territorial Army may assist police in crime prevention patrols and their role will be similar to that of the Rela voluntary corps in maintaining the security of a particular area and helping the authorities like the police and Immigration Department,” he told reporters yesterday after launching the Bandar Tun Razak parliamentary constituency’s territorial army company.

The proposal, he said, was still at the preliminary stage “as we must first get the approval from the police and the Defence Ministry”. Tan said currently, 43 parliamentary constituencies had territorial army companies with about 45,000 personnel. The Government, he said, aimed to set up territorial army companies in all 219 parliamentary constituencies by 2010. Just over a week ago, Home Affairs Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Radzi Sheikh Ahmad said the Government was planning to recruit Rela members to help police tackle the snatch theft scourge. Rela members will focus on snatch theft hotspots in Kuala Lumpur. If the move proves successful, it will be extended to other areas nationwide, he said. Several days later, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi said the Rukun Tetangga should be quickly revived to fight increasing crime in the country. When contacted, Deputy Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Musa Hassan said that at the moment, police did not see the need for Territorial Army personnel to be roped in to assist them in crime prevention, adding that the police were in discussions with Rela.

Nation - 04/09/2006

Cops to respond within 15 minutes - BY TEH ENG HOCK

JOHOR BARU: Johor police have given the assurance that they will respond to distress calls within 15 minutes in the wake of public concern over the number of crime cases reported in the state. State police chief Deputy Comm Datuk Hussin Ismail said he would personally look into the matter if his men were late.

“If the police are late, let me know. Call me, the OCPD or the other senior police officers,” he said at a crime prevention talk organised by the Malaysian Crime Prevention Foundation, MCA and other non-governmental organisations here.
DCP Hussin declared war against crime and called for better co-operation between the public and the police.

“I am facing a war here. War against crime and war against the fear of crime. My strategy to combat crime is to increase police presence in crime-prone areas,” he said last Saturday night.

He added that police presence had been boosted with the help of the Federal Reserve Unit, General Operations Forces and mobile patrol vehicle units. He, however, felt that the crime rate could be further reduced with better co-operation from society, resident associations and Rukun Tetangga units. Among those also present at the talk were Foundation vice-chairman Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye, state deputy police chief Senior Asst Comm Datuk Koh Hong Sun, Johor Baru (South) OCPD Roslan Ahmad, state executive councillors Tan Kok Hong and Freddie Long, Tebrau MP Teng Boon Soon and Johor Jaya assemblyman Tan Cher Puk. Lee, who was Pemadam vice-chairman for 12 years, said almost half of snatch theft cases were committed by drug addicts and that there was a need to get to the root of the problem.

“Addicts resort to the easiest way to get money, by snatching. So to reduce snatch thefts, we must tackle the problem at the source,” he added.


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