CPAM hopes to add another 100,000 members to roster

Kuan (second left) and Mohd Kamal (second right) at the briefing.

Kuan (second left) and Mohd Kamal (second right) at the briefing.

SIBU: Community Policing Association Malaysia (CPAM) aims to increase the number of its members to 200,000 nationwide next year.

CPAM president Kuan Chee Heng said the association had 100,000 members so far, with 5,000 members coming from Sarawak.

“We are planning to set up community policing everywhere.

“So far in Sarawak we have branches in Kuching, Miri and Sibu,” he told reporters when met after a briefing on the setting up of CPAM’s Sibu branch held at SMK Tung Hua here yesterday.

Kuan said in Sibu they had approved 214 membership applications so far, while about 1,000 more were still being processed.

He said applicants were screened to ensure they do not have previous criminal records and are not involved in politics.

“The objective of community policing is to assist and work together in a systematic partnership with police and other relevant authorities in addressing crime and social problems as well as to bring peace and harmony to the community and the country.

“One of the duties of community policing is to be the eyes and ears of the police,” he said.

Meanwhile, Sibu police chief ACP Mohd Kamal Kordi said he believed that the police could enhance cooperation with the community through proper channels like the association.

“The police can guide and support them in their activities for the benefit of the community as a whole,” he said.