‘Having too many patrolling units in Miri city may confuse residents’

  • Metro News
  • Wednesday, 27 Jun 2018

An aerial view of Miri City, many parts of which are serviced by voluntary patrolling units formed through a collaboration involving the local council, police and residents’ committees. - STEPHEN THEN/The Star

MIRI: Having too many groups setting up security patrolling teams in the commercial and residential areas may not be good for Miri, says deputy mayor Julaihi Mohamad.

Speaking after the Miri City Council full board meeting, Julaihi said a large number of these “voluntary patrolling” units might cause confusion among the public.

He was responding to a proposal by Miri Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) that the party wanted to form its own security patrolling teams for the public.

He said the city council had formed residents’ committees whose Rukun Tetangga units had been working closely with the police to conduct voluntary patrolling.

“The city council, police and residents are already doing voluntary patrolling in Miri for two years.

“Police surveys also showed that there has been a drop in crime rate in many of those areas patrolled,” he said.

As such, Julaihi hoped that Miri PKR would consult the police and city council first before starting their own patrolling programme.

“While we welcome the good intentions, Miri PKR should liaise with the police and us.

“Having too many groups doing their own patrolling may confuse the public.

“In fact, the public will be worried if there are unfamiliar groups walking around in their neighbourhoods, especially at night,” he added.

At the meeting, councillors also expressed their concerns over illegal extension of buildings.

Julaihi said the council and Miri Fire and Rescue Department were planning an extensive exercise of enforcement checks on these buildings soon. — By STEPHEN THEN

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