Cops must forge better ties with people in their zones
SUBANG JAYA: THE government will add another 1,000 motorcycles to the police's Motorcycle Patrolling Unit to combat crime in urban areas under the National Key Result Areas (NKRA) initiative.
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak said a special allocation would be put aside for the move so that the police could roll out the Kawasaki Ninjas as soon as possible.
The additional machines would add to the 1,000 motorcycles deployed under the Police Motorcycling Patrol Unit, also popularly known as Unit Rondaan Bermotorsikal (URB).
A dedicated team of police personnel make up this unit, unlike other police patrol units that work on a rotational basis.
Since its launch on Dec 19, URB personnel have detained 207 criminal suspects, comprising 129 in Selangor, 30 in Kuala Lumpur, 38 in Johor and 10 in Penang.
While congratulating the work of these men in blue on bikes, Najib said the unit had forged closer ties with communities in housing areas they were assigned to.
He said such a good relationship between the police and public was the best way to tackle crime and create an efficient policing force in communities.
"The requirements of an effective police team are those with professionalism and skills. Besides that, they need to bring policing closer to the community to ensure there is no gap between the community and police force," said Najib during the United Against Crime event involving URB personnel at the Community Facilities Complex here yesterday.
He urged the URB unit to continue with its patrols and to equip itself with tactical communications equipment to boost its response time as it needed to be "the first on the scene at the fastest time".
On the United Against Crime pledge programme, an initiative gathering tens of thousands of pledges to support crime-fighting efforts under the Government Transformation Programme, Najib said such a initiative needed the support of the people to make it a success.
"If this is done, then I am sure the crime rate will go down further."
Najib said under the first phase of the GTP between 2009 and last year, the overall crime rate in the country had been reduced by 27 per cent while street crimes fell by 39.7 per cent.
"In the first three months of this year, the crime rate decreased by six per cent compared with the same period last year.
"Even though this success is something we should feel relieved about, our efforts to fight crime has to continue and we must redouble our efforts to fight crime."
He said the government's people-centric efforts in tackling crime was the best way to improve, as it ensured people could feel safer.
"This is the Malaysia that we want and dream of. A Malaysia that is peaceful, harmonious and a Malaysia that is more free of crime day by day."
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak taking a closer look at the newly acquired Ninja motorcycles of the Police Motorcycling Patrol Unit at the Community Facilities Complex yesterday. To his left is Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Ismail Omar. Pic by Yazit Razali