Police Urged To Review Reduction Of Sarawakians Stationed In The State

KUCHING: Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) secretary-general Dato Sri Alexander Nanta Linggi has urged the Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM) to relook its intention to reduce the number of Sarawakian police personnel and officers stationed in the state currently.

He said the matter should be carefully studied including the rational of the move, as it has created uneasiness among officers and personnel involved, as well as their families.

According to Nanta, who is also Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Minister, the reduction of up to 30 per cent is quite a big and it would involve all ranks.

“It raises many questions within the community itself, because records show there are no problems or issues pertaining to security forces in Sarawak before,” he said in a statement today, stressing that he has no intention of meddling into the administration of PDRM or the Home Affairs Ministry but believed that an explanation was needed to avoid certain perceptions or sentiments among Sarawakians.

Nanta was referring to a statement of PDRM Management Department director Datuk Ramli Din in an interview recently that more than 70 per cent of police officers and personnel in Sarawak contingent are Sarawakians.

Ramli was reported as saying that the number exceeded the 40 per cent target of personnel among state natives stationed at Sabah and Sarawak, and a reduction exercise would be implemented in stages.

He was said that the issue was related to issues of work rotation, placement at sensitive posts and opportunities for officers and personnel who had long served in other places to return to their states.