We're humans, too, please do not berate us as we're just doing our job, says senior Melaka cop

MELAKA: A senior Melaka cop has appealed for empathy and understanding from the public as his team members face the formidable challenges of enforcing the latest movement control order, in effect from May 12 to June 7.

Melaka Tengah OCPD Asst Comm Afzanizar Ahmad said like many Malaysians, he and his team are unable to celebrate Hari Raya with their loved ones.

"We are also human beings with feelings, emotions and families of our own.

"I'd like to appeal to all out there not to berate my officers or spew anti-police rhetoric when stopped at roadblocks during their MCO enforcement duties," he said in an interview here on Tuesday (May 11).

ACP Afzanizar said the job of enforcing the rounds of MCO as well as protecting and serving the public has never been easy.

"My staff are frequently having to face angry outbursts and abusive language," he added.

ACP Afzanizar said members of the force are simply tasked with taking action against SOP violators and where necessary, will do their best to show compassion.

"We carry out our duties with dedication and composure without targeting any particular groups.

"I have also advised my men to maintain high tolerance as we understand the frustrations of those unable to travel interstate and inter-district for the festive season," he said.

ACP Afzanizar also said he will not stand for rudeness from his team members towards the public.

"I am ready to act if the complaints against my staff are genuine," he said.

Leave for police officers has been frozen during this period.

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