PENANG: The marine police’s request for a 4ha piece of state land adjacent to its new RM67.5mil northern region complex at Batu Uban here for expansion purposes was approved on the spot yesterday.
Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Mohd Bakri Omar had sought the support of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi who launched the new complex yesterday.
Also present was Chief Minister Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon.
At the end of his speech, Abdullah said: “About the request, the Chief Minister has just given his approval.”
Earlier, Mohd Bakri said although the new complex was well equipped, the marine police still needed to expand its infrastructure and facilities, particularly for training purposes.
Completed on Dec 1, the complex comprises an administration office, engineering workshop, jetty, pontoon, community hall, surau, kindergarten, playing field, 131 apartment units and 10 houses for senior officers.
“The complex is designed to create an exclusive work environment for the staff and management,” Mohd Bakri said.
On the successes of the northern region marine police, he said they handled 22 cases of robbery at sea and arrested 68 suspects between 1996 and 2005.
During that period, he said, there were three cases of death, five cases of arms seizure and 25 cases of seizure of sharp weapons.
Later, Abdullah witnessed a demonstration of a hijack and rescue drama at sea.
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