THE police have taken on another role to serve the public by giving out essentials to needy families in Penang.
Codenamed ‘Op Bantu’, the initiative launched by the Home Ministry saw police and Rela members distributing essential items to 20 families during the first phase of the initiative.
Balik Pulau OCPD Supt Kamarul Rizal Jenal said 10 families in the southwest district received the aid on Thursday.
“We wanted to help families affected by the Covid-19 pandemic within the administration areas of the police stations in the district,” he said when contacted.
The areas were Bayan Baru, Bayan Lepas, Batu Maung and Teluk Bahang.
Present to hand over the items to the families was Penang police contingent headquarters’ management department chief ACP Muhamad Halim Yatim.
On the Penang mainland, 10 needy families in Kepala Batas and Teluk Air Tawar received similar aid boxes from the north Seberang Prai police.
Penang deputy police chief Deputy Comm Datuk Fisol Salleh and north Seberang Prai OCPD Asst Comm Noorzainy Mohd Noor gave away the items.
Central Seberang Prai OCPD Asst Comm Shafee Samad, together with Penang Crime Prevention and Community Safety Department head Senior Asst Comm Mohd Nasri Omar, presented aid to 10 needy families in Kubang Semang.