Community policing relies on civic-mindedness, social solidarity: Idris

Idris (third left) presenting the certificates to a village chief during the closing ceremony of the workshop.

By Karen Bong

KOTA SAMARAHAN, Aug 28: Muara Tuang assemblyman Datuk Idris Buang has urged people to foster a strong sense of civic and social solidarity as it is the essence of true community.

Community policing, he emphasised, was intended at managing our communities according to the law, regulations and even religious, basic life principles and values.

“Talking about policing, it is related to the word ‘KITA” (or We) which stands for ‘keikhlasan’ (sincerity), ‘ilmu’ (knowledge), ‘tangungjawab’ (responsibility) and amalan (habit).

“We as members of a community must have the sincerity, all kinds of knowledge including health, the current (Covid-19) pandemic, security, drugs and so on, as it is our responsibility to always have good conduct and habits,” he addressed the closing of Samarahan District-Level Community Policing programme held at the Kota Samarahan Civic Centre here today.

As a community, Idris emphasised that everyone should have a caring attitude for one another and all things that mattered including the environment.

“It is our responsibility, a moral duty to work together for the benefit of all and to ensure our own well being.

“You and I are the same. The principle is the same. We take care of our people, our community. Islam teaches us to love our neighbour, and the Bible teaches the same too,” he said.

Whatever the challenges faced such as the Covid-19, Idris urged people to face them as a community without blaming others.

“Remember, we take care of ourselves and we take care of Sarawak. We will face a lot of challenges as a member of the community and as such, each one of us, be it community leaders, village chiefs, our children all play an important role,” he reminded.

Meanwhile, seven agencies including Kota Samarahan City Council, National Unity and Integrity Department, Fire and Rescue Department (Bomba), the police, State Health Department, National Anti-Drug Agency, and Civil Defence Force gave talks at the one-day workshop.

The community policing programme was initiated by the state government for grassroots leaders to help the authorities in managing the Covid-19 in their respective villages and areas.

The programme aimed at empowering Village Development and Security Committees (JKKK) and community leaders was in line with the National Security Council’s seven-pronged strategy which includes community empowerment.—DayakDaily