By Brad Rantayy
MIRI, Dec 23: The existing Miri central police station (CPS) building along Jalan Raja needs to be upgraded to better serve the needs of the local community.
In lined with Miri’s status as a resort city, it is about time that Miri CPS be improved with more space and manpower said Assistant Minister for Tourism, Arts and Culture, Datuk Lee Kim Shin.
“CPS has been there with the same building since the 1950’s. The city is growing, therefore the police station needs to be upgraded into a bigger space with better facilities,” he said.
“Our current facilities such as the mobile police vehicles (MPV) and Motorcycle Patrolling Units (URB) are also inadequate for our growing city’s needs,” Lee opined, adding that serving a population of 350,000, a better facility will allow for greater efficiency in police operations and provide better services to the public.
Lee said this during a reunion dinner for police personnel who had served in Miri, at a hotel here on Saturday night.
This marked the fourth consecutive year such a gathering has been held.
Also present during the reunion dinner were Bukit Aman Criminal Investigation Department (CID) director, Datuk Seri Wan Ahmad Najmuddin Mohd, Ex-Police Association of Miri (PBPM) chairman, former superintendent Han Hipeni, Lembaga Amanah Bekenu chairman, Datuk Usop Sani Wahab and Miri police chief, ACP Lim Meng Seah.
Meanwhile, Lee expressed hope that Wan Ahmad would convey his message to his higher-ups in Bukit Aman.
“I believe that with increasing the number of police officers, crimes rates can be reduce,” Lee said.
The reunion was jointly organised by PBPM with Miri Division Lawn Tennis Association and Matu Daro Community Association of Miri.
Nearly 400 police personnel and their family members attended the reunion.
Lee also handed over a cheque worth RM3,000 to the event organising committee to help fund their activities.
Additionally, three associations namely PBPM, Miri Division Lawn Tennis association, and Matu Daro Community Association of Miri each received a mock cheque worth RM3,000. — DayakDaily