ONE man is making it his mission to create awareness on the roles of the police and other law enforcement agencies in Malaysia
A lack of public confidence towards these institutions is what prompted former policeman Dr Kalaikumar Venkatasan to set up the Peace and Crime Prevention Action Organisation of Selangor and Kuala Lumpur a year ago with some 50 members.
The businessman, fondly known as Kalai among family and friends, believes he and his team can create a better society through this social service organisation.
The 49-year-old, who practises yoga and meditation, left the police force in 2010 after 16 years of service.
During his time in the force, Kalaikumar found that confidence in the police and other government agencies was always low as they were deemed not forthcoming in assisting the public.
“That is why our organisation provides counselling to help the public understand that the police and other authorities are there to help them,” he said.
Besides directing the public to the relevant agencies based on their complaints, Kalaikumar and his team also accompany people who need assistance to lodge reports and complaints.
“Most of them are not very educated and lack confidence to face the authorities.”
He said those who sought advice from his organisation were relieved to get some support.
“We have also helped people overcome the fear of being harassed by strangers who fraudulently pose as bill collectors from financial institutions.”
Kalaikumar said the organisation was based in Kerling, Hulu Selangor, but it was also active in Kalumpang, Rasah, Hulu Bernam, Seri Rawang, Batu Caves and Gombak.
Initiating crime prevention activities and community policing in these neighbourhoods are other things the organisation has done.
“We put up posters that have our 24-hour hotline (017-2159909) for people who need our services and people are free to approach us,” he said.
Kalaikumar added that interested individuals were welcome to join the organisation.