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We propose that the Government restore or replace as soon as possible police stations that were built before 1957 like Jinjang Police Station and proceed to do so on all the dilapidated housing and working premises within five years as recommended by the police Commission


Media Statement
by
Tan Seng Giaw

(Kepong, Friday): On 16 inst. the Report of the Royal Commission to Enhance the Operation and Management of the Royal Malaysian Police (PDRM) was released to the public. It contains nine challenges. Challenge Nine is: Unsatisfactory housing and work premises. Now, there is a lack of at least 27,997 units of police housing. Although we donít see the pictures of Jinjang Police Station in the report, or for that matter other stations within Kuala Lumpur, those who have been to Jinjang would know that it has dilapidated housing and working premises. Some parts of the police office are illegal extensions.

The report (paragraph 10.3.2) says that PDRM has 15 Contingent Headquarters, 137 District Headquarters, 736 Police Stations,714 Police Posts and 13 Police Training Centres throughout the country. Jinjang Police Station was built on 1948 by the British colonial government.

 

Paragraph 10.3.3 notes that the extremely poor condition of a significant proportion of housing and office premises for the police require attention. Continued neglect will make a mockery of any initiative to modernize PDRM and transform it into a twenty-first century organization.

 

The Commission report has 125 recommendations. Recommendation 117 is: Identify and restore or replace old and poorly maintained housing. It has to be completed by May 2010. Many police stations were built before 1957, the year of Merdeka, such as the Jinjang Police Station. We propose that the Government immedia.

When Datuk Seri Ong Ka Ting was Deputy Home Minister. He announced in Parliament that there were allocations for the rebuilding of Jinjang and Sentul Police Stations, advising me to refrain from raising the matter again. Several years later, the promise has not been kept

 

(21/5/2005)


*  Tan Seng Giaw, DAP National Deputy Chairman and MP for Kepong