KUALA LUMPUR: The need for more housing for police personnel should be addressed in Budget 2023, says the Retired Senior Police Officers Association of Malaysia (RESPA).
Its president Datuk Meor Chek Hussien Mahayuddin said that he hopes the government will address the housing issues faced by the men and women in the police force.
"In big cities such as Kuala Lumpur, the cost of living is very high. We urge the government to allocate funds for more quarters for police personnel,” he said.
Meor Chek Hussien said that some personnel are forced to live far from their place of duty due to a lack of affordable housing.
"It makes them vulnerable to dangers such as accidents, especially those riding motorcycles," he said when contacted on Thursday (Oct 6).
He also called for the salaries for police personnel to be revised in Budget 2023.
"The police are the nation's main enforcement agency, so their personnel should receive salaries fitting their service to the country," he said.
Meor Chek Hussien said police assets should also be upgraded to stay ahead of criminals.
"Such assets are needed to ensure the police curb cybercrime effectively. They need the right tools to be able to perform their duties fast and in an efficient manner,” he added.
Meor Chek Hussien also said that police personnel and officers should also be given special training to deal with modern crimes, especially online crimes.
He added that he hoped that the plight of police retirees is not forsaken.
"The retirees, especially those of lower ranks are facing grave financial difficulties given the current state of the economy. We hope the government can give sufficient assistance to those who have given their blood and sweat for the nation,” he said.
Meor Chek Hussein also said that retired policemen should be given proper aid, adding that this includes medical care.
"Honour their sacrifice by ensuring they are given proper aid. For example, we suggest the establishment of a special wing at hospitals for police veterans so that they receive treatment without having to wait for a long time," he said.