Shot in the arm for nation’s security

  • Nation
  • Saturday, 12 Oct 2019

PETALING JAYA: Home Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin says Budget 2020 is inclusive with almost every critical area covered, especially involving the ministry and the police.

“The allocation for the police, especially for the welfare of their personnel, is what we have hoped for, ” he said, adding that it would boost the quality of service and morale.

Malaysians Against Rape, Assault and Snatch Theft (Marah) founder Dave Avran hoped the allocation

for the Home Ministry would translate into increased safety and security measures for the man in the street.

“I hope the police view the RM250mil to refurbish their quarters as a recognition of their hard work and an incentive for them to strive and uphold their good work into 2020 and beyond, ” he said.

On the allocation for 100 personnel for the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC), he said it should enable the MACC to catch up on outstanding investigations, leading to more prosecutions.

“The IPCMC (Independent Police Complaints and Misconduct Commission) to go ahead and the Malaysian Ombudsman to replace the Public Complaints Bureau are both long overdue and good news for the rakyat, ” he added.

Malaysian Crime Prevention Foundation senior vice-chairman Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye said the allocation for the ministry and the police were fitting, given the increased demands in their job scopes.

“It is certainly good that the welfare of the police personnel is taken into account. Their living conditions had been deplorable in the past, so it is high time to look into their plight, ” he said.

Malaysian Association of Certified Fraud Examiners president Datuk Akhbar Satar said the move to improve the integrity of government personnel was commendable, including installing CCTVs at detention centres and immigration entry points.

“However, more allocation should have been given in improving the office and working environment at the Customs, Immigration and Quarantine (CIQ) buildings.

“I was also hoping that the police would be given more allocation, especially in purchasing the latest tools to battle organised crime, ” he said.

Malaysian Bar president Datuk Abdul Fareed Abdul Gafoor said the move to install 11,500 CCTV cameras at police detention centres and immigration entry points would deter the abuse of power.

He also welcomed the move to improve detention centres, calling it timely.

“It’s the way forward. There have been too many complaints for far too long.

“It will address the deplorable condition of detention centres, ” he added.

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