Simultaneous elections no problem for cops

KUCHING: The police are
not likely to face any
shortage of manpower even
if the parliamentary and
state elections are held
simultaneously.
Deputy Inspector General
of Police Datuk Hussin
Ismail said the state had
more than 8,000 officers and
that number should be
enough to deal with the situation.
Besides, he said, the police
would not be the only ones
to assist the Election
Commission (EC) as there
would be officers from other
government agencies and
departments would be
assigned to ensure the
smooth running of the elections.
“We are ever ready for all
the possibilities, and more
importantly, PDRM will see
to it that safety is not
compromised during
elections,” he told a news
conference before chairing
a closed-door meeting at the
police headquarters at Jalan
Badruddin here yesterday.

Hussin pointed out that
the State Commissioner of
Police had rolled out some
plans to fully back up EC in
making sure elections would
be carried out successfully.
According to him,
preparations had been in
place for a while now and
that it was a matter of
carrying out their duties
once EC announced the date(s).
He described the Sarawak
Contingent as a “good team”,
saying his men in the state
had done well in combating crime.
As the national crime rate
had been brought down last
year (2010), Hussin said
similar initiatives had been
extended to the state while
giving more focus on
contingents in Selangor,
Johor and Penang.
“We have National Key
Result Areas (NKRAs), too,
with nine initiatives to go
about. The target this year
(2010) is to reduce five per
cent of the crime rate,” he
said, adding that the result
had been encouraging.
For the new year, he said
the police were to enhance
collaboration with all
parties including
governmental bodies and
n o n – g o v e r n m e n t a l
organisations (NGOs) to
further curb crime
nationwide.
He went on to disclose that
the meeting yesterday
enabled him to gather
suggestions from Sarawak
officers as an input to
eventually boost the team’s morale.
“We hope to get ideas from
officers here so that we can
come up with sound
strategies to maintain
public order so as to further
build up people’s confidence on us.”
Hussin said this working
visit was his first after
assuming office in
September 2010.
However, he said,
Sarawak was no stranger to
him as he had served in the
state from 1994 to 1996.
“Sarawak is an interesting
place and this working visit
is more of preparing us for
challenges in 2011.
“Although today (Dec 31)
is a public holiday, we do
not really have the day off,”
he added.

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