Cops to ensure Thaipusam SOP is upheld

JOHOR BARU: Police are ready to monitor the Health Ministry’s standard operating procedure for Thaipusam, says the Deputy Inspector-General.

Datuk Razarudin Husain said the task of overseeing a huge celebration was not new to the police.

“The Health Ministry has issued the SOP in line with Phase 4 of the National Recovery Plan and we are ready to ensure that it is followed, besides maintaining safety during Thaipusam.

“This is not the first time we will be overseeing the procession,” he told a press conference after witnessing a ceremony to welcome the new Johor police chief at the state police contingent headquarters here yesterday.

Razarudin said any violation of the prevention measures to curb the spread of Covid-19 would be met with stern action under the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Act (Act 342).

He added that each state police chief would decide on the deployment of police personnel for Thaipusam duty.

“Bukit Aman will not decide the number,” he added.

Razarudin said he was confident that the new Johor CPO Datuk Kamarul Zaman Mamat would continue the legacy of success of the state police and inspire the people.

Kamarul Zaman, in his speech, urged all his officers and personnel to continue upholding the integrity of the force.

“My post carries a huge responsibility and I will not be able to fulfil it alone. That is why I will need the full support of each and every police officer and personnel in Johor,” he said.

He replaces Datuk Ayob Khan Mydin Pitchay, who now heads the Bukit Aman Narcotics Criminal Investigation Department.

Kamarul Zaman joined the force in 1988 and has held various positions including as Klang police chief, Johor CID chief, Bukit Aman Narcotics CID (Forfeiture of Property/Legal/Detention) director and Kedah police chief.

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