UNDER CONSIDERATION: Datuk Raja Nong Chik to discuss residents’ request for a police station instead of a beat base in Brickfields with the IGP
THE Federal Territories and Urban Wellbeing Ministry will consider the request of residents and stakeholders to convert the police beat base into a police station in Brickfields.
Federal Territories and Urban Wellbeing Minister Datuk Raja Nong Chik Raja Zainal Abidin said he will forward the people's suggestion to the Home Ministry.
"I will raise the matter with the ministry and will also contact the Inspector-General of Police on this," he said.
Raja Nong Chik was commenting on the residents' request to have a police station instead of a police beat base at the site of the former Brickfields police station.
Raja Nong Chik also said the developer had increased the size of the police beat base from 300sq m to 1,188sq m.
"The proposed police beat is much larger than a normal two-man beat base. Even though it is a beat base, it will function like a police station," he said at a briefing of the design of the police beat base on Tuesday.
The two-storey police beat base will be equipped with a lock-up for male and female detainees, information counters, work station, armoury room, lounge, officers' room, investigation room and briefing room.
Raja Nong Chik reiterated that the police beat base was approved by the Cabinet.
"We don't understand why certain parties want to politicise the issue. There were also claims in some news reports that I lied about having a police station here. I want to make it clear that the government had never breached its commitment to have a police beat base here," he said.
Raja Nong Chik also explained that the land swap deal between the developer and the Home Ministry happened two years ago.
"Legally, the land doesn't belong to us, but since the residents requested for a police presence here, I fought in parliament to get a police station here. I'm addressing the needs of the people in Brickfields," he said.
The residents said the beat base would not be able to serve the high density of people who live in Brickfields.
The residents said that the current Brickfields district police headquarters (IPD), which is located in Seri Petaling does not serve the interest of the people in Brickfields.
The residents are frustrated because every time they need to make a police report, they have to travel to the IPD in Seri Petaling which serves the jurisdiction of the Brickfields area.
Brickfields Rukun Tetangga chairman S.K.K. Naidu said the residents want the police beat base to be upgraded into a police station.
"We would like to thank Raja Nong Chik for his efforts in getting a police beat base here.
"We would also like to request that the police beat base be expanded to a police station with a full crew of officers," he said.
The developer said the police beat base would be completed in three years together with the mixed development in the area.
RSP Architects Sdn Bhd director Ahmad Farid Baharuddin said the firm has already submitted the development order for the area and is waiting for City Hall's approval.