Saturday October 27, 2012
Brickfields folk want security beefed up for Deepavali
By PRIYA MENON
THE approach of the much-awaited Deepavali festival has prompted Brickfields residents to request for added security measures for the area during the festive period.
The issue was raised during a dialogue between Brickfields stakeholders, Brickfields OCPD Asst Comm Wan Abdul Bari Wan Abdul Khalid, Brickfields deputy OCPD Supt Aida Abdul Hamid and senior police officers recently.
“As the Deepavali season is around the corner, more people are expected to throng Brickfields to visit the Deepavali bazaars.
“Many of them come with their families and, at the same time, many bad hats will also make their way to Brickfields,” said Brickfields Rukun Tetangga chairman S.K.K Naidu.
He added they had experienced problems in previous years.
“We want families coming to Brickfields to shop in peace and harmony.
“Anyone found to be causing a nuisance should be detained,” he said.
They also requested that cars parked haphazardly be towed away.
Wan Abdul Bari agreed to the request and gave his word that law and order would be looked after during the festival season.
Residents along Jalan Berhala also requested the police to take action against individuals who consumed alcohol openly along Jalan Berhala, which has temples and other cultural organisations along it.
During the meeting, Wan Abdul Bari also gave a briefing on the type of crimes that were committed and also the modus operandi of foreign pickpockets.
He urged victims of crimes to lodge a report as the data was useful to implement specific actions to reduce crime in certain areas.