KUALA LUMPUR – Concerned over the large number of road deaths, the government has set up a new department in the police force for traffic enforcement and to address road accidents.
The Traffic Investigation and Enforcement Division has been set up to replace the Public Order and Traffic Department, said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak in an announcement today.
“According to police statistics, the number of road accidents last year was the highest yet at 489,606 while the number of deaths was 6,706 in the 6,193 fatal accident cases recorded,” he said at the 209th Police Day celebration at the Police Training Centre (Pulapol) here.
Najib said the Royal Malaysia Police would also set up the Digital Counter-Messaging Communication Centre at Bukit Aman on April 1 to combat the threat from the Daesh militant group.
The Prime Minister said Malaysia was fortunate compared to the countries faced with terrorist threats and that the police must be congratulated for remaining committed to protecting the country from any terrorist threat.
“This is a threat that we cannot take lightly. We must be firm, bold and serious to ensure that Malaysia remains safe and the people live in peace at all times,” he said.
Najib also said that the government always had the welfare of police personnel in mind and would strive to build more living quarters at several police bases throughout the country.
Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi and Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar were also present at the event.
Earlier, Ahmad Zahid and Khalid joined worshippers for Friday prayers at Masjid Solihin in Pulapol. – BERNAMA