Published on: Friday, January 18, 2013
Che Ku Mahadi Che Ku Awang, a supervisor of Tanjung Maintenance Services, witnessed a woman being held at knife point in front of Aifa Hotel, late last year. He tailed the suspect and called the police with his handphone.
In another incident, he saw a group of four youths in the act of extricating iron covers of a drain in Taman Mutiara. Suspecting something was amiss, Mahadi noted down their one-ton lorry vehicle number and called the police.
For his public spirit and vigilance, the supervisor, who hails from Terengganu, stood alongside Detective Sgts Abdul Kadir Patian and Jemuin Sikin, Cpl Matin Satin and Detective Cpl Desiman AK Ruwen for special commendations of the Sabah Commissioner of Police from Labuan Police Chief Supt Adzhar Othman during the contingent's monthly parade.
The OCPD also honoured 28 men and women in blue with certificates of appreciation for discharging their duties with commitment.
One of them, Cpl Haslinda Abdul Jamil, who is with the Public Affairs at the Labuan Police HQ, said police work had become more challenging and demanding, requiring multi-tasking.
A friendly face to the media and ever ready to help reporters, her scope of work involves monitoring public perception and other duties of crime prevention.
In her 15 years in the force, the slim fair lady had being singled out by the Inspector-General of Police for excellence in 2009. Two years later, she was similarly recognized by the then Labuan OCPD Supt Saiman Kasran.
Meanwhile, Adzhar called on the rank-and-file to focus and enhance the process of transformation particularly in reducing the crime index.
As this was the first monthly parade of the year, he spelt out the challenges of 2013 in executing the second stage of Government Transformation Programme (GTP) 2.0.
"Under the GTP 2.0, the Royal Malaysian Police (PDRM) must achieve the five elements of National Key Result Areas (NKRA), i.e. reducing crime index by 5 per cent, house break-in to 10 per cent, improving public perception of safety by 65 per cent, successful prosecution of cases by 35 per cent and improving public satisfaction by 85 per cent.
Although overall the Labuan crime index had dropped to 5.47 per cent, he said there is still room for improvement.
The island was ranked 10th in Sabah out of 20 police districts in the crime index, and placed 14th in the rate of solving crime.
The police under the command of Adzhar would step up aggressive policing through crime prevention operations in order to achieve Key Performance Index (KPI).
High Profile Policing would take on a charm offensive approach targeting youths and the communities to check juvenile delinquency.
To win public confidence, he called on the force to Stop and Talk, Meet and Greet with the people they meet.
"The government is committed to reduce crime and to meet the people's expectation.
The contingent must be ready to rise to the occasion in meeting the national mission of achieving Vision 2020."
Adzhar, who was posted to the island as OCPD in September 2012, urged his staff to view the public as friends and allies in fighting crime together.
"While we have successfully reduce the crime rate, we cannot be complacent and rest on our laurels but to turn around any public prejudices towards the police," he said, urging them to give their best services.
On the impending 13th General Elections, the OCPD told the officers of all ranks to be prepared mentally and physically to handle the challenges.