RESIDENTS of PPR Kota Damansara in Section 8 were given a much needed lesson on unity during a dialogue with the police chaired by Petaling Jaya OCPD Asst Comm Arjunaidi Mohamed recently.
The dialogue session was the second attempt by the police to diffuse tension between residents following the death of a motorcyclist in an accident involving a van.
The van driver was beaten up by onlookers who also later torched his vehicle.
ACP Arjunaidi said the police did not want to wait until matters got worse before a dialogue was held to prevent racial problems.
He said they had also held discussions with the families of those involved in the accident.
During his speech, ACP Arjunaidi said accidents were bound to occur but that if all adhered to the law, the matter would have ended differently.
According to him, both the motorcyclist and the driver did not have driving licences and that the onlookers who beat up the driver could have been outsiders and not residents of the low-cost flats.
“We are not here to dig up the past but these things could have been avoided if both parties had valid documents.”
“Instead of taking matters into their own hands, the problem could have been resolved in a better manner,” he added.
ACP Arjunaidi said he hoped the residents will take the incident as a lesson.
“There are so many riders who do not even use helmets.
“This is for their own safety. Parents should also not let their children drive or ride without a driving licence.
“It is important for us to educate people about following rules and regulations,” he said, adding that residents should work together to form a better environment for themselves and their families.
He also said the lack of unity and cooperation between the community made their area a crime hotspot.
He pointed out that PPR projects were a common target for motorcycle theft.
ACP Arjunaidi said curbing crime was not possible without the assistance of the public.
The dialogue was attended by leaders of various races and members of the community living in the area.
Later during the dialogue, several representatives from the community were given an opportunity to express their ideas on solving the problems affecting them in the area.
PPR Kota Damansara residents association chairman Johari Nander said they have been organising events and patrols around the area to solve crime and deter teenagers from hanging out till late at night.
However, he said cooperation from residents was poor.