Providing a strong deterrent

Abdul Hamid (middle) witnessing the transfer of enforcement baton from Supt Ja’afar (third, left) to PIC Safety Department chief Ramli Mohamad (third, right) at the withdrawal ceremony.

KOTA TINGGI: After almost three years providing security for the Pengerang Integrated Complex (PIC), the General Operations Force (GOF) deployed there is to be withdrawn.

Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Abdul Hamid Bador said the force had played an integral role in the smooth flow of operations at the complex, especially in dealing with safety issues in the area.

He said throughout GOF’s deployment at the complex, only a handful of small incidents involving worker discipline had come up.

“The strategic collaboration between GOF and PIC started on Jan 15, 2017, which saw 142 officers and personnel from GOF Battalion 5 being placed inside the complex to administer and oversee safety, surveillance, patrol and enforcement duties.

“It was also a deterrent against any possibility of fights, riots or any form of disruption by those inside the complex,” Abdul Hamid said in his speech at a ceremony to mark the withdrawal of GOF enforcement at PIC here.

Also present were Petronas Refinery and Petrochemical Corporations Sdn Bhd operations head Hanafi Dewa, Bukit Aman Internal Security and Public Order Department director Datuk Seri Acryl Sani Abdullah Sani and GOF 5th Battalion commanding officer Supt Ja’afar Kaimi.

The PIC, a megaproject development in Pengerang, Kota Tinggi District, spans an area of 80sq km and houses oil and gas facilities.

Abdul Hamid said the number of personnel at PIC had been gradually reduced over the years, from 142 to the present 53.

“Seeing that the conditions inside the complex were under control, starting Nov 1, 2017, we reduced the GOF manpower to 90 personnel.

“This was reduced further to just 53 personnel starting Nov 1, 2018, until Oct 7,” he said, adding this was in line with the reduction in the number of workers in the complex, from 64,000 to 15,000.

The IGP said he was thankful to PIC for providing the GOF with state-of-the-art equipment and facilities that had helped the personnel stationed there perform their jobs better.

“Aside from the accommodation, our personnel were also provided with food and eight pick-up trucks were used to monitor and patrol the area.

“We are also thankful to PIC for building a transit base for our marine police to stop and rest in between carrying out their sea patrols,” he said.

With the withdrawal, only a handful of GOF personnel will remain at PIC as a first responder, while most of their present duties are taken over by the Petronas Auxiliary Police.

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