By SALINA KHALIDPhotos by AZLINA ABDULLAH
Residents of Damansara Perdana in Petaling Jaya can rest a little easier now that the township has its own police beat base.
The beat base was officially launched by Selangor police chief Datuk Yahaya Udin on Friday.
Also present at the ceremony were Bukit Lanjan assemblyman Yong Dai Ying, MK Holdings Bhd executive chairman Tan Sri Mustapha Kamal Abu Bakar, Petaling Jaya acting OCPD Supt Abdul Rahman Ibrahim and Desa Temuan orang asli village head (Tok Batin) Ismail Chat.
The police beat base, built at a cost of RM180,000, was donated by Saujana Triangle Sdn Bhd, a subsidiary of MK Land Holdings Bhd, the developer of the township.
In his address, Yahaya lauded Saujana Triangle and MK Land for contributing towards the facility.
He urged other developers to emulate the move for the sake of residents’ safety.
He said it was part of the Government’s policy to have at least one police station or police beat base at all new residential areas to enable the police to serve the public more efficiently.
“This police beat base will indirectly enable the police to take faster action on problems faced by residents.
“Hopefully, it will also build a closer relationship between the police and the residents,” he said.
Yahaya also urged the residents not to depend totally on the police by taking proactive action in setting up a neighbourhood watch to assist the police force in combating crime in the area.
“Residents have a part to play as well, as the safety and security of the community are shared responsibilities,” he said.
Personnel from the Damansara police station will man the beat base, which is equipped with air-conditioning, a toilet, surau and office furniture.
It even comes with a room for a visiting police officer.
Currently Damansara Perdana has about 10,000 residents and the population is expected to reach 50,000 by 2010 when the project is completed.