Action force to combat crime in Bandar Seri Alam

Ku with the police report on the burglary at his home in Plentong.

JOHOR BARU: The Pasir Gudang Municipal Council (MPPG) is planning to set up a Malaysian Emergency Action Force (PTCM) branch in Bandar Seri Alam to address the increasing number

of housebreaking crimes in the area.

MPPG councillor Ku Chee Chen said the group had already been registered under the Home Ministry and had received approval to be set up in Jalan Tasek 28.

“We have received the green light from Home Ministry on July 1, and currently we are renovating a multi-purpose hall so that it can be used as the base for this force.

“This force will have a similar job scope as Rela (People’s Volunteer Corps) but it is more focused on conducting night watch especially in the wee hours,” he said when met at Uptown Pasir Gudang.

He added that PTCM is currently on a recruitment drive for members from the local community.

“It was introduced in Johor Jaya but with a smaller number, and since Bandar Seri Alam is huge, we thought this might help the enforcement officers in the area especially the police.

“State tourism, women, family and community development committee chairman Liow Cai Tung had agreed to allocate some funds for the force to operate in the area,” said Ku.

According to Ku, there were four cases of house break-ins since last month involving areas near Jalan Suria, Bina Park, Jalan Bayu, and Pangsapuri Sri Ilham.

“Two of the cases involved my own house.

“On June 20, burglars broke into the house that is currently under renovation and stole all the wiring inside. The estimated loss is about RM16,000.

“In the second case, the burglars came again on July 12 but didn’t manage to steal anything because my neighbour saw them and they decided to flee,” he added.

Meanwhile, Seri Alam OCPD Supt Ismail Dollah said that he had received the reports and investigations were ongoing.

“The case is being investigated under Section 395/397 of the

Penal Code for gang-robbery,” he said.

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