MAH Sing Group Bhd has embarked on an auxiliary police programme to boost security in its property development projects.
Mah Sing executive operations director Datuk Lim Kiu Hock said a total of 312 security personnel will undergo a nine-week training programme before being sent to the group’s new gated-and-guarded properties.
“We will send them in batches and upon completion of their training, we will station them in townships developed by Mah Sing,” Lim said during a media conference after receiving the auxiliary police certificate of approval from Bukit Aman crime prevention and eradication department director Datuk Wira Ayub Yaakob in Kuala Lumpur.
He said the first batch was expected to undergo training in May at a base to be determined by the police.
“We submitted the paperwork for certification in September last year and obtained approval from the police in January,” Lim said, adding that the security personnel would be trained in various aspects of law enforcement and patrol techniques to carry out their duties effectively.
Wira Ayub said the police welcomed such partnerships with housing developers and residents associations to beef up security.
“This is in tandem with the National Key Results Area (NKRA) to reduce crime rate by 5% annually,” he said and urged more residents to set up Rukun Tetangga (RT) to improve safety and security in their neighbourhoods.
He said auxiliary policemen were similar to normal police personnel.
“However, their authority to make an arrest is limited to the township or development.
“They will be the ‘eyes and ears’ of police to prevent crime and improve the quality of life of Malaysians,” he added.
Lim said Mah Sing had yet to finalise the first housing project to receive the auxiliary police. The group currently has 47 housing projects nationwide.
Lim said providing better security features was the group’s utmost priority and it would focus on deploying trained officers to its five new projects in Greater Kuala Lumpur and the Klang Valley, gradually extending the service to the northern and southern regions.
On whether Mah Sing intends to initiate the auxiliary programme in existing residential properties, Lim said this would depend on whether it was managed by a Joint Management Body (JMB) or Management Corporations (MC).
“We will propose the idea to JMBs, but it will be up to them to decide. As for MCs, we do not have a say since it is handled completely by residents.
“As a socially-responsible corporation, it is in our interest to safeguard the community,” he said, adding that other efforts in the pipeline included auxiliary police patrol cars to conduct 24-hour patrols.