TAWAU – A holistic study is required to resolve the lack of good living quarters for the police force particularly in the interior, said Home Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.
“Resolving the problem is of utmost importance to ensure that all police officers and personnel, whether they are serving in the city or in the interior, have access to quality facilities.
“We need a holistic approach to achieve this,” he told reporters after a working visit to Pulau Sebatik near here today.
He noted that during the Cabinet meeting last week, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak had announced that additional funds would be allocated for the rehabilitation of police and army quarters.
“Although the government allocated RM100 million this year to rehabilitate police and army quarters, it is still seriously inadequate.
“So we should be grateful to the government especially the prime minister for approving the additional funds,” he said.
On his visit to Pulau Sebatik, Ahmad Zahid said it was to survey the condition of the police facilities including quarters on the island.
“We surveyed the facilities and found that the specifications of some of them had not been followed.
“It could be the transportation cost factor but this should not have happened.
“The specifications must be rectified and we will not compromise as we want our officers and personnel to have good facilities,” he added. – BERNAMA