Malaysian government mulls stationing cops in schools

Selangor police chief Comm Datuk Mazlan Mansor.
PHOTO: The Star/Asia News Network

KUALA LUMPUR - Malaysia's Education Ministry is mulling a move to station police in schools. Minister Mahdzir Khalid said the request would be made only for schools located in hotspot areas.

"The police cannot be in all the schools as we have 10,200 nationwide and it would be asking the police too much.

"What we can ask is help from the district police stations to place an auxiliary policeman at schools located in hot spots," he told reporters in Parliament on Monday (March 5).

He said the measure would be additional security for schools, apart from CCTVs to be installed at schools later this year.

There are some 421 schools located in hotspots nationwide.

Mr Mahdzir was asked to comment on the murder of a 39-year-old man while waiting for his son to leave his school in Sri Serdang in Selangor last week.

The victim, G. Ganeshan, was killed by a gunman on a motorcycle.

Based on initial police investigations, the murder is likely connected to a spat among Gang 08 members and drug trafficking.

Selangor police chief Comm Datuk Mazlan Mansor said on Sunday that the incident was an isolated case as the attackers were going for a specific target.

He said the public need not worry over the incident.

He said the attackers took advantage of the moment when the victim was waiting for his son to finish class. He reassured the public that the police were doing everything they could to arrest the criminals involved and that they were very close to nailing the suspects.