SPCA lauds police for upholding public trust

Datuk John Lau Pang Heng

KUCHING, June 21: The Sarawak Community Policing Association (SCPA) praises the police in the state and the country for upholding their image as a trusted law enforcement agency.

SCPA president Datuk John Lau in a statement today said a controlled survey by a PhD candidate with 500 respondents here revealed that 80.9 per cent of the respondents trust the police force.

From the study, he said it was also reported that the daily interaction between the citizens and the police made a great difference for the police to build trust with the citizens.

“SCPA is very proud of the police as our working relationship has been outstanding since our inception on May 28, 2015.

“Datuk Seri Abdul Hamid Bador, the new Inspector General of Police (IGP), has announced that he is ready to change the public perception of the police. SCPA is confident that under the new leadership, police image will improve further,” said Lau.

He cited an incident on Wednesday where the police did not issue a summons on an illegally parked car near the Sarawak General Hospital (SGH) because it was damaged by a fallen tree branch.

He said when a citizen has violated the law by illegally parking somewhere, SCPA would suggest that the citizen concerned be given a parking ticket or summons for blocking the free flow of traffic on the road.

However in the fallen tree case, Lau said the compassion shown by the police had managed to earn the police some respect from SCPA as well as members of the public.

“SCPA has witnessed police officers helping vehicle owners to replace their punctured tyres; police helping to carry citizens’ luggage and (participating in) many civic-conscious people-oriented activities.

“We encourage members of the community to continue to work with the police in building a safer and peaceful neighbourhood. Bravo to the police always,” he said. — DayakDaily