ONLY 10% of the total 5,000 policemen in the state will be allowed to take leave during Hari Raya, said Penang deputy police chief Deputy Comm Datuk Roslee Chik.
DCP Roslee said some of the policemen had taken their leave before Hari Raya while others would be taking their leave after the celebration.
“But only 10% or 500 of the total 5,000 will be on leave during the two-day Hari Raya celebration.
“The police need to be on standby to ensure security and conduct crime prevention routines,” he told reporters yesterday.
DCP Roslee said the police force in Penang was fortunate as it comprised a multi-racial group, therefore allowing sufficient number of policemen to be on duty to substitute those on leave during festive periods.
He also advised the public to travel safely on the roads and obey the law as they head back to their hometowns.
Earlier, he was accompanied by Penang Crime Prevention and Community Safety Department head Senior Asst Comm Datuk Mohamad Anil Shah, Skuad Khidmat Malaysia (Paskam) director Mohamad Hanaffi Khalil and Central Seberang Prai OCPD Asst Comm Nik Ros Azhan Nik Abdul Hamid when handing out aid and Raya clothing to 60 underprivileged children in Mydin Mall in Bukit Mertajam.
Under the Program Jelajah Semarak Kasih by the Royal Malaysian Police and Paskam, the children were also taken on a shopping trip at the mall before breaking fast together.