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  • Friday, 21 May 2004

Diploma pay scale review for police 

THE pay scale for diploma holders interested in joining the police force will be reviewed. 

Parliamentary Secretary to the Home Ministry Datuk Wira Abu Seman Yusop told Richard Riot Jaem (BN-Serian) that diploma holders were now paid based on the salary scale of SPM holders, which was from RM690 to RM1,512. 

“We find that many applicants keen on joining the police force are diploma holders,” he told reporters at the Parliament lobby yesterday. 

Abu Seman also said flexibility was given to the non-bumiputra to encourage their participation. 

“The non-bumiputra will not have to have credit for their Bahasa Malaysia subject to qualify for the post of constable,” he said, adding that credit was required by the bumiputra applicants. 

Speed limit retained 

THE speed limit of 110kph will be retained, as the number of deaths from road accidents is high. 

Deputy Works Minister Datuk Mohamad Zin Mohamed told Datuk Mohamed Aziz (BN-Sri Gading) that the Cabinet had decided in January for the speed limit to remain. 

He said based on police statistics, in 2003, over 6,200 deaths were caused by road accidents compared to 5,891 in 2002, which showed a 6.7% increase. “Most of the road accidents are caused by speeding and the poor maintenance of vehicles by motorists.” 

Enough for Ops Pasir 

THE Government has given the assurance that there will continue to be enough personnel for Ops Pasir, to beef up security along the coastal line of Sabah following kidnapping incidents in October last year and April this year. 

Deputy Defence Minister Datuk Zainal Abidin Zin said personnel from the army; navy and air force and the police had been placed on 21 islands and 36 strategic areas in Sabah. 

He said Ops Pasir had been successful so far with 426 boats searched and 2,798 fishermen arrested for various offences.  

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