‘Safe Township’ initiative working well, says MP

Yii (second from right) discussing with Ng (centre) and other officers on police’s role in keeping the city safe.

KUCHING, June 11: The ‘Safe Township’ initiative, a joint effort of the police and Kuching North City Hall (DBKU), seems to be producing the desired results.

Bandar Kuching MP Dr Kelvin Yii, who was briefed on this project by Kuching District police chief ACP Ng Ah Lek, said the main thrust of this initiative was to convert ‘black areas’ to ‘white’ ones through the implementation of multiple programmes such as awareness campaigns, community involvement, installing more lights and CCTVs as well as mounting more police patrols.

“This programme in on-going in Kampung Kudei and Jalan Nanas Barat, which reportedly have seen a decrease in crime rates since its implementation,” said Dr Yii in a statement today.

He had earlier paid a courtesy call on Ng at the police district headquarters in Simpang Tiga.

Dr Yii said he also discussed with Ng on the ‘community police’ initiative around Kuching City. Under this programme, residents in different housing areas volunteer and play their part with the police to help curb crimes in their respective places of residence.

“This is a very good initiative, where normal citizens take ownership and work together with the police to ensure the safety of their community.

“I do encourage more people to be part of this programme to keep our community safe, including for our children. After all, prevention is better than cure,” said Dr Yii.

On another matter, Dr Yii said reforms in the public service sector, especially on anti-corruption measures, greater accountability and transparency, were one of his top priorities.

“Reforms may be a long journey, but we will work together to ensure greater accountability and the police force will carry out their duties professionally in ensuring the safety of our community.”

He hoped the relevant agencies would also work together with the people to implement specific programmes for the good of the community.

Recently, Dr Yii also paid a courtesy call on state Fire and Rescue Department (Bomba) director Nor Hisham Mohammad. — DayakDaily