KUALA SELANGOR: There will be no roadblocks during the coming festive season but policemen will be on patrol.
Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Musa Hassan said they had decided against mounting roadblocks so that road users during the festive season could have a smooth journey.
However, more than 5,000 cops would patrol the highways and state roads to ensure safe driving.
“We do not want to slow down traffic and cause jams,” Tan Sri Musa Hassan said.
“But we will stop those who flout the law and summon them on the spot. We will have 5,554 personnel on patrol.”
He added that more attention would be paid to the 417 “death stretches”, which include 222 on federal roads, 93 on state roads and 87 on highways.
Musa said the large force meant that all traffic policemen would be on duty, including federal traffic chief SAC (II) Nooryah Mohamed Anvar.
“The police must make its presence felt,” he said after launching the national road safety campaign.
“It is unfortunate that Malaysians don’t have internalised respect for traffic rules and regulations.
“Many, if they do not see policemen around, will do whatever they like.”
Asked about the perception held by some that policemen were on duty during the festive season because it was a way to cari makan (take bribes), Musa said the negative assumption was unfair.
He added that policemen had been directed to be more active during the festive seasons.
“It is unfair to have that negative perception. If drivers encounter such a situation, report it via our hotlines, Rakan Cop or at the nearest police station.”
By LOONG MENG YEE
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