Wednesday, March 31, 2010
The Sun bags award from Bandar Sri Damansara residents.
The Sun representative Meena L. Ramadas accepts the
award from Sivarasa as Hong looks on.
FOR the fifth consecutive year, the Sun received the Outstanding Strategic Media Partner award from Bandar Sri Damansara Resident’s Association (RA).
This newspaper was among six other media organisations including the New Straits Times, NTV7, RTM and Harian Metro who received awards from the association.
The association also awarded companies and agencies such as Alam Flora, Indah Water and Selangor Public Works Department titles in recognition of their services to the Bandar Sri Damansara neighbourhood.
In addition to this individuals such as Sungai Buloh chief inspector Afandi Hussin and former Bandar Sri Damansara sergeant Adnan Din received awards for facilitating the maintenance and security in the area. RA Committee members’ were also recognised for their performance last year.
All award recipients received a plaque.
Present were Subang MP R. Sivarasa, association president Ravindran Raman Kutty and deputy president Andrew Hong who presented the awards to the recipients.
The main issue addressed during the ceremony was security and safety in residential areas. In his speech, Sivarasa said it was unfortunate that communities have retreated into enclaves due to the gated and guarded schemes which are on the rise.
“This is however only a stopgap measure that people are forced to implement,” he said and accused the police of inefficiency in minimising crime.
“We have over 100,000 policemen and women and that is more than enough for the entire nation’s population of about 27 million,” he said.
Sivarasa said Malaysia’s ratio of policemen to people is about one to 200, just above Interpol’s recommended ratio of one to 250.
He said the overall ratio of policemen deployed for crime prevention to residents in Petaling Jaya is one to 1,250.
“This is just the average ratio as in some areas, such a Kota Damansara, the ratio is one policemen to 3,000 residents.”
Meanwhile, Ravindran said the standard operating procedures created by the RA’s security team has reduced crime in the area by over 86%.
Updated: 11:52AM Wed, 31 Mar 2010
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