Fighting crime via mobile app in Malaysia

Fighting crime via mobile app in Malaysia

PETALING JAYA - Police are working together with the private sector to combat crimes through a mobile application called MyTeksi.

Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar said following the collaboration with Syarikat MyTeksi Sdn Bhd, taxi drivers attached to the company could act as the eyes and ears for the police.

"Crime prevention is everybody's business. This is a great collaboration as taxi drivers are often on the road and they would be able to witness incidents such as crimes, accidents and so on.

"What they can do is inform us and we will take it from there," he said at the launch of the app at the federal police headquarters in Kuala Lumpur yesterday.

Under the National Blue Ocean Strategy 7, the app will also help to ensure the safety of the passengers as well as drivers as it stores information of both parties.

"The passengers will know who is driving them around and vice versa. That is the most important thing when getting a cab as they are all strangers to each other.

"We are doing this to make sure that everyone is comfortable with taking a taxi or driving one, even in the middle of the night," he added.

Female taxi driver Hanizah Aidah Hamzah, 44, said that she felt more confident about driving late at night with the launch of the app.

"The app does not only provide information on the passengers and drivers, it also provides numbers and addresses of the nearest police stations.

"If something happens, we can immediately call the police to report. I feel very secure now," she said.

The initiative owner, Perak Police Contin­gent headquarters administrative staff officer Supt Lai Lee Ching, said it was vital to have high impact policing coupled with financial sustainability.

"Everyone these days is tech-savvy, so this is a great way to reach out. It's like everyone helping each other to create a win-win situation for all," she said.

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