Mayor Dato’ Roshidi Hashim and Deputy Chief Police Officer, Dato’ Zakaria Yuof jointly declared opened the newly built RM33,000 police beat base at Ipoh’s popular night market, Gebang Malam recently. The siting of the base in this part of the city is to ensure safety and security for visitors to this thriving flea market. The area around Jalan Dato’ Tahwil Azar is a noted hot spot known for its many petty crimes. The base will be manned by the Police and the council’s enforcement officers.
“Joint-patrolling is an effective way to combat crime,” said the mayor in his opening remarks. “The physical presence of security personnel is a good deterrence. Moreover, it’s part of the much-lauded Government Transformation Programme to improve the quality of public services and to increase efficiency and transparency,” he added.
Since mobility is essential, patrolling will be done in multi-purpose vehicles supplied by the Police and the Council. “The objective is to get the personnel to the troubled spot in double-quick time,” said Zakaria to reporters.
There are two other bases in the city which are similarly managed. One is located at Polo Ground and the other at Little India in downtown Ipoh.