The Star by JAYAGANDI JAYARAJ Wednesday November 19, 2008
THE crime rate at Manjalara Sector 62 in Kepong is not alarming and there is no real need for a beat base. The police said this in response to a report in StarMetro recently on a vacant beat base in Jalan 3/62, which was said to be built by a group of residents at the request of the police about two years ago. Sentul OCPD ACP Zakaria Pagan said the beat base was a result of that meeting between the police and the residents.
However, he said there were no further discussions held with the police on the beat base. “It was the residents who came up with the idea and the police welcomed it and asked the matter to be discussed further. We appreciate the initiative taken by the residents. “But no discussion took place between then and now about the building and now we have a beat base and asked to patrol the area. “When a beat base is created, there are certain requirement which must be met and is based on the needs of the area. “Technically, the beat base is not ours,” he said at a press conference at the Sentul police station yesterday. “We will continue to patrol the area but there is no need to have a 24-hour watch,’’ he said, adding that since the beat base was already there, the police would work out the matter with the residents.