Kg Kapok sets up community watch team

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BRUNEI-MUARA

KAMPUNG Kapok is expected to launch its Neighbourhood Watch programme next year, its village chief said.

Hj Marali Hj Ahmad said the village has already chosen members of its Neighbourhood Watch programme.

Around 20 names have been submitted to the Royal Brunei Police Force (RBPF) last month to be officially recognised as members of the community watch, he said.

The village chief was speaking on the sidelines of a meeting among the newly-assembled Kapok Neighbourhood Watch programme members to discuss ways of keeping their community safe.

“The old watch, which was established in 1987, had over 100 members.

“ However, this was more difficult to organise. So we are using a smaller but better organised group which can give better coverage,” he said.

Joining the members to discuss their roles and responsibilities were members of the Royal Brunei Police Force based in Muara.

A special liaisons officer with the RBPF for Kg Kapok will also be appointed, he said, as their main point of contact with the police.

Hj Marali said the community is revitalising the programme to embrace the monarch’s call to action for local communities to work with law agencies for safety.

“There were a few incidents that happened at Kg Kapok. Through this, we hope to minimise them,” he said.

He agreed that Brunei is not as safe as it used to be, and hopes the move to revive the Neighhbourhood Watch would help improve the safety of their community.

“I hope our members will work hard in achieving this,” he said, noting that the group comprised Village Consultative Council members as well as former members of the armed forces and police.

During the Excellent Village Awards in February, His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam in a titah had said law enforcers and the public must join hands to fight crimes in the country.

The recent spate of crimes, especially with house break-ins involving weapons, “must be faced collectively with consensus and unity”, the Sultan had said.

Due to more crimes taking place at villages, His Majesty had said he felt the need for organisers to explore the inclusion of a security aspect in the evaluation of Excellent Village Awards entrants.

The Brunei Times