News: Deputy IGP: Give importance to saving lives over property during floods

The Star, 27 Dec 2012

KUALA LUMPUR: The police Thursday advised the people to give more importance to saving lives than property during the current floods in several states.

Deputy Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar said priority must be given to saving lives, especially of children, instead of salvaging property.

“When houses are vacated, it is the police responsibility to ensure the safety of belongings left behind.

“We will station policemen in housing areas to make sure of this,” he told reporters.

Citing the deaths of two people in the floods, Khalid reminded parents to watch over children who might regard the flood season as a water festival.

“Each year, we have people, most of them children, drowning, so parents have to give priority to the lives of their children,” he said.

Khalid admitted that although there were cases of property theft during the flood season, the situation was under control.

Meanwhile, in Kemaman, Terengganu Police chief Datuk Jamshah Mustapa said flood victims need not worry about their belongings as police personnel would continuously patrol the flood-hit areas.

He said the police and village development and security committees would carry out patrols by boat.

“So far, the police have yet to receive reports of crime in any flood affected area,” said Jamshah, adding that leave for police personnel statewide had been frozen to give full attention to the safety of Terengganu residents. – Bernama