Pat on the back for frontliners


CCPSS vice-chairman Goh Hoe Eng (in white) speaking to Det Sjn Mohd Sobri (second left) after handing over breakfast packs and face masks to frontliners at the roadblock. — Photos: ZHAFARAN NASIB/The Star

LIFE as a policeman can really be tough especially when you are manning a roadblock that sees 8,000 cars passing by each day.

Detective sergeant Mohd Sobri Md Noor, who is in charge of the post right before the exit to the Penang Bridge on the island, said they have a few shifts per day but the morning ones are the busiest.

“On weekdays, we sometimes have to deal with 8,000 cars during a shift between 8am to noon.

“We understand that many are heading over to the mainland for work.

“The place is usually busy and we have to be alert.

“Food is delivered to us and we eat here, taking turns to go on our lunch break.

“We make sure there is no jam and we do not want to hold up the vehicles, ” he said when met at the checkpoint along the Tun Dr Lim Chong Eu expressway.

The roadblock is manned by 14 personnel from the police, Civil Defence Force and Rela.

To thank them for their services, the newly formed Penang Crime Consciousness and Public Safety Society (CCPSS) treated them to a hearty breakfast and provided them with face masks too.

Its chairman Datuk Mohamad Anil Shah said that since the conditional movement control order was still in force, the society wanted to show its appreciation to the frontliners who are risking their lives to keep the community safe.

“We wanted to give them some refreshments and disposable face masks, ” he said.

Mohamad Anil said the society’s aim was to create greater crime awareness and enhance public safety.

ASP Mahadhir Mohd Salleh, who was representing George Town OCPD Asst Comm Soffian Santong, said there were now two main checkpoints on the island.

“Besides this one, there is another at Batu Uban. These are round-the-clock roadblocks.

“There are also two mobile checks between 10am and 2pm and 10pm and 2am.

“We choose a new spot for checks every day in Paya Terubong and Batu Ferringhi, ” he said.

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