WHILE many were away on Hari Raya holiday, some of those who stayed back decided to serve their community in their own unique way.
At Wangsa Maju, a resident association kept an eye on their neighbourhood to deter crime especially break-ins.
Warga Siaga Residents Association chairman Col (Rtd) Fuzi Taib reactivated the patrol team in their community this year to make their area a safer place.
“We had this patrol team in the neighbourhood for over 10 years but it stopped about two years ago.
“I was in the Malaysian Armed Forces and was away for duty, and sadly no one else was willing to take the lead during that time.
“It was hard for me to keep an eye on things from afar.
“When I took optional retirement from the armed forces, I decided to serve the community in a different way,” he said.
The 58-year-old said he started the patrol team again during Chinese New Year this year in view of the long holidays.
“It is a good combination whereby everyone from different race, religion and background come together and take turns to patrol while some of the neighbours balik kampung,” he said.
Fuzi said the team patrolled the neighbourhood three to four times a week.
“It takes two hours to complete the patrolling in the neighbourhood,” said Fuzi, adding that reviving the patrol team also helped promote unity and spirit of neighbourliness among the residents.
“This helped to reduce crime cases especially break-ins,” he said.
He added that police officers from the Wangsa Maju police station also supported the initiative by patrolling with them.
“I provide them our schedule and about two to three officers will patrol with us or after our rounds,” he said, adding that although he was away for Raya, his team continued with the rounds.
“They send me a report after each patrol session so I am in the know of things even though I was away,” he said.
Fuzi said the timing of their rounds would vary and this was done on purpose to deter crime.
Ng Yan Lih, 39, became the first female to join the patrol team recently and was happy to do her part for the neighbourhood.
“I have seen them doing patrol work for a few years but I never had the urge to join because all the members were men.
“Last week, I saw the updated list of people joining the patrol team and it seemed there was not enough manpower.
“So, I stepped up and volunteered,” said the 39-year-old, adding that being the only female in the group did not bother her.
“I feel more women should step up and assist with the patrolling work.
“It is also an opportunity to get to know the community members better,” said the art teacher.