THE police are hoping that Penang’s Community Policing (CP) members will help to reduce crime rate and strengthen the unity of people from all races.
State police chief Comm Datuk Wira Chuah Ghee Lye said other than conducting crime prevention activities and patrols, CP members could also serve the community by providing first aid in emergencies and also act as translators to tourists in need of police services.
“We have a lot of tourists in Penang, especially from China, and when they are in police stations, language is one of the common problems we face.
“CP members who can converse in Mandarin can act as interpreters for tourists and policemen,” he said at a luncheon with Penang CP members at a hotel in George Town on Sunday.
Comm Chuah added that the patrolling of CP members at tourist spots would also help to reduce criminal incidents.
“We don’t want tourists who come to Penang to say that the state is an unsafe place.”
He added that the 2,000 CP members in Penang, who are mostly Chinese, could also help to foster unity among people of all races.
“For example, during the Ramadan month, CP members can help to patrol the neighbourhood of Muslim communities, especially when they are at the mosque. This will reduce the number of burglary cases and strengthen the ties of people from different backgrounds.
“We will always support programmes carried out by CP members,” he said.
During the lunch, Comm Chuah, Community Policing Malaysia founder Kuan Chee Heng and state Crime Prevention and Community Safety Department chief Senior Asst Comm Datuk Abdul Rahman Ibrahim launched four ‘CP rescue motorcycles’ for use in providing immediate first aid in emergencies.
The motorcycles were bought with CP’s own funds and are fitted with rear carriages equipped with full first aid gear.