New policy emphasises protecting nation and people

PUTRAJAYA: The Security and Public Order Policy is the government’s latest initiative not only to maintain order and safety but also the people’s well-being and Malaysia’s continuity as a peaceful, prosperous, sovereign and respected nation in the global arena.

The policy, which outlines six cores and 21 strategies, is aimed at further strengthening existing efforts to protect the interests of the country and people.

Defending the Constitution, law and religious institutions top the list of core initiatives of the policy which include defending and protecting the institution of Yang di-Pertuan Agong, the Rulers as well as the executive, legislative and judiciary.

The policy also aims at improving governance and integrity of security enforcement agencies through checks and balances, strengthening integrity among personnel, and upgrade assets and the use of latest technology.

In strengthening border control security, the policy outlines four strategic measures including enhancing professionalism and competency of those responsible in manning the country’s borders.

Fighting the drug menace will also help maintain security and public order and authorities plan to ensure that drug supply is low in the market and on the streets through effective enforcement, international cooperation and better preventive, educational and rehabilitation measures.

Home Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said the policy was drafted based on developments surrounding security issues domestically and internationally, adding that strategies need to be reorganised so that measures taken to protect the country and the public can be more effective.

“An action plan will be formulated to cover each of the cores and strategies to meet all objectives. A high-level committee which I will chair will determine how the policy will be implemented,” he told reporters yesterday.

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