As part of its ongoing agenda on Community Policing, Polis DiRaja Malaysia or the Royal Malaysian Police continues its effort to forge close ties with the local communities on crime prevention. This was evident when the Ibu Pejabat Polis Daerah Kampar (Kampar Police District), in collaboration with UTAR’s Department of Safety and Security and Department of Student Affairs, organised the ‘Program Karnival Pencegahan Jenayah 2013’ (Crime Prevention Carnival) at UTAR Perak Campus on 30 July 2013.
The carnival was aimed at instilling greater crime prevention awareness not only among the students and staff of the university but also the nearby Tunku Abdul Rahman University College (TAR UC) and the local residents, represented by their leaders and representatives.
The guest of honour for the event was former Deputy Minister of Home Affairs Dato’ Lee Chee Leong. Senior police officers present at the carnival were Hilir Perak Police Chief YDH ACP Goh Kok Liang, Ipoh Police Chief YDH ACP Sum Chang Keong and Kampar Police Chief YDH Supt Ng Kong Soon while UTAR was represented by Council Member Hew Fen Yee and the Vice President (Student Development and Alumni Relations) Assoc Prof Dr Teh Chee Seng.
Dato’ Lee opened the carnival by emphasising on the need for crime prevention laws to be further strengthened in order for the police to combat crime more effectively. He also called on more youth from the Chinese community to join the police force.
ACP Goh in his speech said, “Local communities are the eyes and the ears of the police. Policing event like this is vital to improve the bond between students, residents and the police force so as to get greater public cooperation in crime prevention.”
The carnival kicked off with a special dance performance known as ‘Tarian Sewang’ by an indigenous tribal group. This was followed by a crime prevention demonstration by the Malaysia Crime Prevention Foundation (MCPF) and martial arts demonstrations by UTAR students.
Besides the exhibitions on crime prevention, visitors at the inaugural carnival were also treated with the Police Dog Unit (K9) and the Federal Reserve Unit (FRU) water cannon truck demonstrations.
In the afternoon, the visitors of the carnival were treated with two high-powered crime prevention talks delivered by ACP Sum and Supt Ng.