Abdul Yakub (second left) and others at the event.

BALINGIAN: Some 620 people from 74 village and development committees (JKKKs) attended a Community Policing Workshop at Balingian sub-district here today.

The workshop is timely as the country and the world are currently facing Covid-19 pandemic, said Balingian assemblyman Abdul Yakub Arbi.

According to him, the committee (JKKK) needs to come forward and play its role in helping to instil the new normal as a culture among the communities in an effort to assist the government as frontliners.

“Community policing is an approach to empower the capability of society particularly at grassroots level, in reducing the risk or threat of disaster, through educating them so that they would be well prepared before the authorities arrive,” he said when officiating at the workshop at Balingian Multipurpose Hall here.

The former Dalat and Mukah District Council (MDDM) walikota added, the approach was based on three concepts namely, caring, cooperation and urgency in action.

The workshop featured talks by Mukah Resident/district office; Fire and Rescue Department; Mukah Division Health Department; Mukah National Anti-Drugs Agency (AADK); police and Mukah division Veterinary Services.

Mukah division Resident Hamdiah Bakir also attended the three-day (Sept 17-19) event.