Security personnel touched by acts of kindness


  • Nation
  • Thursday, 26 Mar 2020

All quiet now: A police-army team manning the roadblock along the usually busy Jalan Sg Ujong, which connects Seremban to the North South Expressway, seeing fewer cars in recent days. — SARBAN SINGH/The Star

SEREMBAN: As cops and army personnel carry out their duties diligently to ensure compliance of the extended movement control order (MCO), simple gestures by the people make their day.

A police sergeant manning a roadblock along Jalan Sg Ujong, the main link from the North-South Expressway to the city, said he was touched by the action of a passing motorist.

“She gave us face shields made of plastic with the words ‘Thank You Police’ written on it.

“Other motorists also wound down their windows and handed to us hand sanitisers.

“It goes to show that the people appreciate our work. Some also say thank you and remind us to stay safe,” he said when met.

Another policeman on duty said each police-army team would man the roadblock for eight hours.

“Many Malaysians are now adhering to the directive to stay at home.

“There are lesser cars on the roads during peak hours.

“We were also taken aback when some bought us fast food and drinks,” he said.

The personnel also said that generally, Malaysians realised the government’s move to enforce the MCO was to curb the spread of Covid-19.

“Some motorists whom we stopped told us that they were either going to the market or to work.

“We do not see parents bringing their children for a joyride or to the mall to buy food across town anymore,” he said, adding that so far, all motorists were courteous and none of them created a scene when stopped by them.

In Kuching, police personnel manning the 24-hour roadblocks said public understanding and cooperation made their tasks easier.

Asst Supt Wan Muhammad Ali Wan Malik, from the Padungan police station, said they were on eight-hour shifts since the MCO came into effect on March 18.

“There are eight personnel in each shift, four from the police and four from the army. So far, we have not encountered any major problems.

“The public have been very cooperative. We give consideration to those who need to buy food, go to the banks or have other valid reasons,” he said when met at a roadblock at Jalan Abell.

ASP Wan Muhammad Ali said there were not many cars on the roads by late afternoon.

“At midnight, it is very quiet but we still have to be on duty,” he said.

He added that the local community was helpful and understanding during the MCO period, with people even providing food and water to them.

“We are thankful for people who care about us and understand the situation we are facing,” he said.

ASP Wan Muhammad Ali also said he followed the Health Ministry’s guidelines to shower and change his clothes after work.

“My family members have been very understanding, including my children. They won’t come close to me until I have taken my bath,” he said.

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