Ready to face challenges: Khalid speaking during an interview in conjunction with the 207th Police Day. — Bernama
KUALA LUMPUR: Marking the Royal Malaysia Police 207th anniversary today, Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar talks of plans to tackle problems related to social disorder.
He said the police intend to collaborate with the Women, Family and Community Development Ministry to identify these problems.
“Several studies conducted overseas indicate that social disorder problems can cause a negative perception in the community unless they are tackled quickly,” he said at the federal police headquarters in Bukit Aman yesterday.
Citing an example, he said the presence of a large number of illegal immigrants and beggars in the city could cause fear and discomfort in the people.
“As such, it is necessary for the police to draw up a strategy with the relevant authorities, including the community and the private sector, to resolve these problems,” he said.
Khalid also said the police would continue to give priority to the welfare and security of the people while raising their confidence, trust and respect for the force.
The police would work with all quarters, including the community, to remain the premier law enforcement agency in the country, he said.
“Over the past 207 years, we have always encouraged the people to cooperate by providing information with accuracy and speed to tackle crime and other security problems,” he said.
Khalid gave the assurance that the police were always ready to face challenges by adopting the necessary measures, including augmenting the number of its personnel.
He said the intrusion in Lahad Datu, Sabah, last year and the disappearance of the Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 on March 8 posed major challenges for the force and it was able to learn a lot from these experiences.
He also said that the presence of policemen at public places would give the people a greater sense of security.
On the motorcycle patrol units, he said their presence in housing estates allayed fear and helped to reduce crime in localities.
“Besides looking after the security of the people, these units help the police to meet and greet the people,” he said.
On measures to step up the integrity of the force, Khalid said an anti-corruption campaign would be implemented with the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission and the Integrity Institute of Malaysia to enhance awareness among policemen.
“Such cooperation is to seek the best method to ensure the integrity of each police personnel,” he said.
The 207th Police Day carries the theme “Our Commitment to Com-munity Well-being”. — Bernama