SELANGOR CHIEF OF POLICE LAUNCHES SELANGOR MCPF CHINESE NEW YEAR ‘SAFE REUNION’ CAMPAIGN

Bandar Sunway – Selangor Chief of Police, YDH Dato’ Hj Tun Hisan bin Dato’ Hj Tun Hamzah; Vice Chairman 1, Malaysia Crime Prevention Foundation (MCPF) Malaysia, YBhg Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye; and Selangor MCPF Advisor, Tan Sri Dato’ Dr Ramon V. Navaratnam today launched the Chinese New Year ‘Safe Reunion’ Campaign at Sunway Pyramid.

The event organized by Selangor MCPF in conjunction with the festive season received good response. The Officers-in-Charge of Police District (OCPD) of the districts of Petaling Jaya, Subang Jaya, Serdang, Shah Alam, Gombak, Ampang, Kajang, Klang Utara and Klang Selatan were present to receive the “Leaving Home Forms” which will be furnished to the public to assist the police to more efficiently patrol residential areas during the festive season.

Last year, Selangor MCPF had organized 12 public events in an effort to reduce crime. The activities, which were targeted at schools, various communities, corporations, and colleges, had aimed to cultivate the relationship between the police and the people in a joint effort to lower crime figures. These included two festive campaigns, the 23rd Ops Sikap targeted at motorcyclists, and the equipping of all Selangor districts with equipment for sandblasting to reduce vehicle theft.

Working in close partnership with the police and MCPF, the Sunway Group, fulfilling its role as a caring corporation, had contributed RM150,000 for developing a security application for smartphones, called ‘My Distress,’ a one-click help indicator to the police in times of need. MyDistress application, the first in the nation, was launched in eight districts in Selangor, namely Petaling Jaya, Gombak, Shah Alam, Subang Jaya, North Klang, South Klang, Serdang and Ampang Jaya.

In addition to that, MCPF had contributed RM40,000 for the development of a documentary that will serve as a public service announcement to educate the community on crime. The documentary will have two versions: a 30-second version that will be shown in all cinemas in Selangor and a 10 minute version that will be played in public areas for the benefit of the community.
Selangor MCPF Chairman who is also the Founder and Chairman of Sunway Group, Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Dr Jeffrey Cheah, said that the Selangor MCPF intends to continue to organize more activities to bring the police and the community closer in 2012. Besides the safety campaigns organized during festive seasons which are aimed at lowering opportunistic crimes, we will be looking into cultivating closer cooperation with the corporate sectors, youths, communities and schools in an effort to reduce crime.

In his speech, Tan Sri Ramon V. Navaratnam had urged the public to use the tools that has been developed such as the Leaving Home Forms and the MyDistress smartphone application to help the police in ensuring public safety.

Selangor has seen a crime reduction rate of almost 9% from January to October 2011 last year as compared to previous year and we believe that with close collaboration between the public, police and MCPF, we will able to achieve the target 20 per cent crime reduction by November this year.

Members of the public who are leaving home for the festive season are requested to fill up the “Leave Home Forms” to ensure that the police patrolling the area could keep a closer watch on their property during their patrol rounds. The Forms are available at your nearest police stations from now to the festive season.

Individuals were also recommended to join the RAKAN Cop community policing organization. To join the participant will just need to send an SMS message from their phone with the message “RC DAFTAR ” and send it to 32728. RAKAN Cop also has a Facebook page and a Twitter page for easy reference.

The event also featured a special cultural performance in the spirit of Chinese New Year.

The public was also able to learn about the MyDistress smartphone application as well as register at its booth at Sunway Pyramid’s Main Concourse Area. Besides the booth, there will also be a Chinese New Year bazaar for shoppers.