Don’t be ‘lazy’ in curbing crime, residents told

Source: http://thestar.com.my/metro/story.asp?file=/2007/9/11/southneast/18806267&sec=southneast

Tuesday September 11, 2007

Dont be lazy in curbing crime, residents told

By Stephen Then

MIRI: Neighbourhood committees in residential estates that refuse to form voluntary patrol units may end up paying a price literally speaking for their laziness, said Miri MP Datuk Peter Chin Fah Kui.

These areas might end up as hotspots for crime and armed security guards might have to be hired from private companies to keep peace at night, just like in some big cities, he said.

Speaking at a dinner to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the formation of the Miri Hill Top residential estate Rukun Tetangga (RT) on Saturday, the Plantation Industries and Commodities Minister said he wanted all residential estates to be proactive in setting up voluntary patrol units.

There are still many areas where such units have not been formed.

In some big cities like Kuala Lumpur, residents have resorted to hiring private security firms to provide 24-hour security.

Each family has to pay up to RM100 a month for such private security services. I hope the situation in Miri will not reach such a level.

We must ensure that crime is nipped in the bud or the situation may escalate beyond control. Every residential estate must be more active in helping curb crime in their areas, he said.

Chin said he was not trying to frighten the people of Miri but merely wanted to caution them against being complacent in dealing with the crime menace.

He praised the Miri Hill Top RT committee for emerging as the best RT committee in the state.

They were selected by the National Unity and Integration Department as the most active among all the state RTs last year.