To be authorities’ eyes, ears

Fatimah (front, centre) and others at the Community Policing of Mukah Division event.

COMMUNITY POLICING OF MUKAH DIVISION

DALAT: The community policing of Mukah Division launched here yesterday could become the eyes and ears of the authorities in helping to maintain law and order as well as the wellbeing of the people amid Covid-19 pandemic.

Welfare, Community Wellbeing, Women, Family and Childhood Development Minister Datuk Seri Fatimah Abdullah said the formation of community policing in Mukah division could become a platform in creating the spirit of volunteerism in the society.

She added it was a starting point towards creating good community network and close cooperation in the local community.

“With the existence of various community policing later on, the spirit of volunteerism could be instilled among members of the community for the benefit of all the people,” she said when launching the Community Policing of Mukah Division ceremony at Stadium Perpaduan Dalat here yesterday.

According to her, it was important for each member of the public to play a role and social responsibility in ensuring that our environment is always safe.

Fatimah, who is also Dalat assemblywoman explained each strata of the society needed to have awareness of social and crime issues, besides knowing the cause and negative effect on the society.

She added this was where the Village Development and Security Committees (JKKK) could play its role on raising awareness of the society, based on the principle of keambilpedulian  (concern), kebersamaan  (togetherness) and kesegeraan (sense of urgency).

She said among the problems and issues happening in the society that needed attention by the people in assisting the authorities included drugs abuse, crime and domestic violence.

According to the minister, community policing was an approach to empower people at grassroots level to assess the community’s vulnerability to certain risks such as pandemic, disasters, crime, drugs abuse and others in their respective areas.

She revealed that its objective was to give awareness to the community on the importance of protecting and saving people from risks of disasters such as Covid-19, dengue, drugs abuse, rabies and others.

Fatimah added the role and function of community policing among others, was to protect the area within a community from any threat or risk during the current recovery movement control order (RMCO) and the next phase, and informing the Health Department if there is any outsider entering the village, who might not have undergone health screening.

Mukah Resident Hamdiah Bakir, Dalat and Mukah District Council (MDDM) walikota Kadir Jamil and Dalat, Mukah and Matu district officers Kueh Lei Poh, Shaferi Saili and Awang Hipni Awang Mohamad respectively also attended the event.