KOTA BHARU – Members of the Voluntary Patrol Scheme (SRS), totalling nearly 100,000, nationwide, have been told to play a more active role as a strategic partner to the police in combatting crime.
Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Tan Sri Joseph Kurup suggested that they organise programmes involving the local community to achieve the purpose.
“To reduce and maintain crime rate is very challenging in view of the high expectation and hope placed by the people on the government.
“The challenge is not just to maintain the momentum, but to ensure the people feel safe,” he told reporters after a “Ramah Mesra Muhibbah” and “Jom Ronda Perdana” programme here last night.
Joseph said as on May this year, there were 4,959 SRS set up under 7,821 Rukun Tetangga (RT) areas nationwide.
“To reduce crime, the young people should be encouraged to become SRS members in a move to deviate their attention from activities that do not benefit them,” he said.
As for RT members, totalling more than 196,000 nationwide, he said, they should organise programmes to maintain racial harmony and unity.
Also present were national Unity and Integration director-general Baharin Idris and Kelantan Police chief Datuk Hasanuddin Hasan. – BERNAMA