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Dato’ KP, We Have A Job To Do Too!

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by Fathol Zaman Bukhari

They say good or bad publicity is publicity nonetheless. Most prefer to stay on the right side and will give an arm and a leg to remain in the good books. If something bad is written or said about them they will go ballistic, threatening legal action as an immediate recourse. Being in the media business we are never short of these flare-ups. Putting up with these inconsistencies is a way of life for most of us in the media world. What is good for the goose is good for the gander too, goes another saying. How true can it be?

What happens if we are on the receiving end? Should we resort to the courts as well? Or should we settle it the old fashion way by drawing a line on the ground and challenging the opposite side to cross first before striking. That was how we old geezers settled scores those days when catching fish and birds was a pastime far better than surfing the Internet like kids do these days.

Since achieving Independence on August 31, 1957, the country celebrates the auspicious occasion by holding a parade. Each state will hold its own with one mammoth parade in Kuala Lumpur known as the National Parade or Perbarisan Kebangsaan. Today the grand occasion is being alternated with Putrajaya or is held at one of the capital cities in the country. Its significance is, however, not diminished by way of locality, as the host state will go out of its way to be on top.

The 55th National Day Parade was held in Kuala Lumpur. Perak marked the occasion by holding a similar parade in Ipoh. The site has always been along Jalan Panglima Bukit Gantang with the iconic Town Hall as a backdrop. The grand stand where VIPs sit is right in front of the Town Hall. It could not have been more suitably located. Once the participating contingents marched down the road press photographers would jockey for spots to take the best shots. This scene is repeated each year. Having been a member of the armed forces, parades are nothing strange to me. I was a detachment commander of the King’s honour guards in 1972 and the parade adjutant the following year.

The last time I was involved, as an active player, was the state-level National Day parade in Seremban in 1997. I was a member of the organising committee and was responsible for security. I was privy to what took place on that fateful day. Fortunately, nothing untoward happened. The Yang DiPertuan Besar, the late Tuanku Ja’afar ibini Almarhum Tuanku Abdul Rahman and his consort were seen leaving the grand stand waving and smiling at the crowd. Chasing away ‘unwelcomed’ press photographers was not part of my job.

What took place on the morning of Saturday, August 31 at around 8am was truly uncalled for. Press photographers from the mainstream media and Ipoh Echo were shooed away by Police personnel. The reason – they were too close to the VIP stand and were in the way of the marching contingents. Press photographers in the way of the marching contingents? What utter bull!

Ipoh Echo’s photographer, Muhd Shahir (Ed) tried to reason with the sergeant major who was leading him out of the area. He showed his press pass and asked why another casually clad photographer, who had no identification whatsoever, was not similarly treated? The terse answer he got was, “Jangan pertikaikan kerja polis!” (Don’t question police’s job!). How ironic could it be? Weren’t the pressmen there to do a job too? Does it mean that when the Police are on the job no one else, media included, are allowed to do their job?

Dato’ KP (Ketua Polis), we have our job too! Our job is to cover the National Day parade. Police keep the peace while the media keep the rakyat informed. There is a defined line between the two. Dato’, it is not about who is going to cross the line first.

Police to Improve Rapport with Public

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Chief Assistant Commissioner Azisman Alias

In response to the cover feature in issue 113 of Ipoh Echo (Feb 1-15, 2011) headlined “Reduced Crime Rate – Reality or Perception”, Ipoh City police chief Assistant Commissioner Azisman Alias is taking steps to change the relationship  between the police and the public and for the police to build better rapport with the public.

He has given instructions for the police force in the city to intensify its Convoy Community Oriented Policing (CCOP) scheme in an effort to combat crimes.

A soft launch of the scheme was held recently at a restaurant in Jalan Labrooy with residents from Lim Garden, Merdeka Garden, Cherry Park and Taman Idris.

Under this programme, the police would meet the public over breakfast for a chat, thus breaking the barriers between them. The meetings have since been held regularly in various housing estates.

Azisman said that he had also intensified the SWAT (Stop Walk and Talk) programme, whereby policemen would chat with the people and discuss their problems.

Azisman is confident that the initiatives he has taken will help reduce the crime rate and create confidence in the police. He stressed the need for members of the public to be in close contact with police so that based on their information the police could increase surveillance on crime prone areas.

On the complaint that many criminals are let off, Azisman said that by law, the police can only detain a person for one day and then he has to be presented to the court. It is the decision of the court to release a person on bail. Most of the suspected criminals come out on bail. Even if the police know a person is a criminal, he cannot be arrested without evidence. He stressed that the Human Rights Groups are always on the watch and accuse the police of abuse of power.

On frontline personnel in the police stations, Azisman had instructed them to be courteous to the public and attend to their needs fast. “The public must not be made to wait to see staff or make a police report,” he said. For those in patrol cars, who are the first to arrive at the crime scenes, he had instructed them to be sensitive to the needs of the people and situation.

Meanwhile, a resident from Taman Semarak, Hamid Lee, said that crimes in the housing estates along Kuala Kangsar Road were increasing. House break-ins, burglary in shops, snatch thefts and gang fights are common. Most of the thefts are not reported. The residents complain that it takes too long to make a police report and they have to take leave to do so.

A. Jeyaraj

Another Avenue to Lodge Complaints to the Police

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Members of the public, who have inquiries or complaints, can bring them up at any district police throughout Perak during Hari Pelanggan (Customers’ Day) every Tuesday between 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Head of management division of the Perak Police Contingent, ACP Zulkapli Ahmad said district police chiefs would entertain all complaints, inquiries and suggestions and would refer them to the relevant department or officer concerned.

A designated officer will be assigned to look into the inquiries and complaints from the public.

“If anyone not satisfied with the answers given, he/she may then make arrangements to meet the Chief Police Officer or his Deputy”, said Zulkapli.

He was elaborating on the suggestion by the CPO, Deputy Commissioner Dato’ Zulkifli Abdullah at a press conference recently that members of public meet with police officers on Hari Pelanggan to offer feedback and complaints if any.

Dato’ Zulkifli stated that there was a drop in the number of crime cases reported state-wide, which he attributed to the efficiency of his officers and public support, especially through Rakan Cop. Presently, Perak has over 80,000 members in Rakan Cop, the highest in the country.

He assured the public that positive changes would be in the offing with the redeployment of 500 behind-the-desk police personnel for beat duties.

When asked about the effectiveness of the SWAT (Stop, Walk and Talk) campaign, Dato Zulkifli said that with the pending redeployment exercise, the campaign would be effective as more men would be made available.

Ipoh Echo’s online poll for police to commit more men on crime prevention patrol, particularly in housing estates, shows a overwhelming support from its readers.

Complaints can also be made via the Police Hotline: 05-2401999, via text messaging (SMS) by typing polispk <space> (complaint) and send to 32728. You can log on to www.polisperak.rmp.gov.my/polisperak to make a complaint under the “persoalan” category.

Unlike the Ipoh City Council, Police don’t provide the complainant with a number so he/she can follow up. The Police will, however, contact the complainant for more details, if necessary.

DK