Local kapitan urges more Sarawakians to join police force

Ibrahim (right) distributes a CNY gift pack to a member of the public accompanied by Sih (back row, right) and the ‘God of Wealth’ (left) to usher the Year of the Rat.

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KUCHING, Jan 13: There should be more Sarawakians applying to join the police force and strengthen the fight against crime.

Kapitan Tan Kok Chiang believed that the number of police officers are still insufficient to serve the state’s 2.8 million population.

Citing the Kuching police district, he claimed that there are about 500 policemen to protect the city centre.

“Thus, we need more people to join the police force and help to safeguard the the local community,” he told reporters after joining a walkabout to present Chinese New Year goodie bags to the public at Nanas Road here today.

Tan, who is also the Green Road Village Development and Safety Committee (JKKK) member, said the committee has sent a letter to the Kuching police district office to request for some of their members to be trained at the Police Training Centre (Pulapol).

He explained the initiative as part of its efforts to combat crime and ensure the safety of the local community.

At the same time, he advised residents to be vigilant of their neighbourhood and surroundings, as well as forming neighbourhood watch.

Ibrahim (third right) distributes a packet of CNY gift pack to a member of the public, while Wee (second right) looks on.

On other matters, Tan said Green Road JKKK will organise various events for the local community in the Satok and Green Road area including sporting activities such as football and marathon, as well as cultural activities during festive seasons.

“I hope that the resident from the Satok and Green Road area can join and participate in the activities that we are going to organise. We will also be organising other events in conjunction with upcoming festivities for Hari Raya and Gawai.

“As we are living in a multi-cultural society, we want to learn and understand the traditions and culture of one another to foster good relationship and mutual understanding,” he said.

Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) Satok deputy chairman Datuk Ibrahim Baki and Federation of Chinese Associations of Kuching, Samarahan and Serian Divisions president Datuk Richard Wee and Sarawak United Peoples’ Party (SUPP) Batu Lintang chairman Sih Hua Tong were present. — DayakDaily