KUALA LUMPUR – The Home Ministry Thursday ‘confirmed’ that the Penang Voluntary Patrol Unit (PPS) will be replaced by a Community Policing Unit.
Its minister, Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, said the decision was made following his discussion with Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng at the Parliament building here, Wednesday.
He said Lim had agreed that the PPS be replaced by Community Policing Unit.
“He (Lim) agreed, that’s right. I appreciate his concern and effort in finding a wise solution to the issue of PPS,” he told a press conference at Bukit Aman police headquarters here Thursday.
As such, Ahmad Zahid said the ministry would standardise the Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) and uniforms for the members of Community Policing Unit nationwide.
PPS, which was established by the DAP-led Penang government five years ago was recently declared illegal as it did not register with the Registrar of Societies.
When asked whether the police would stop investigations on 157 PPS members who were arrested on Aug 31 following the latest development, Ahmad Zahid said the investigations would continue and legal action would be taken against those found with criminal records.
He said 9,000 PPS members had undergone criminal record screenings and the police would announce the names of this involved in criminal activities soon.
The minister said he had also asked the Crime Prevention and Community Safety Department director Datuk Acryl Sani Abdullah Sani to discuss the setting up of the Community Policing Unit with all Chief Ministers and Menteris Besar.
In GEORGE TOWN, Lim, however, denied that the Penang government had agreed to replace the PPS with a Community Policing Unit.
“I was just talking with Ahmad Zahid in which he offered to absorb PPS members into the Community Policing Unit, and I told the minister to prepare a proposal on the matter so that I can table it at the state executive council meeting.”
Lim said this to reporters after attending the State Assembly sitting yesterday. – Bernama