Saturday, December 3, 2016

Shah Alam considers male back-up for female enforcement officers

What say you on the issue below?

 Rosli sharing a conversation with Nurul Ain (second right) and her two colleagues Norsaezah Suhairi (left) and Nor Ana Johan.
Rosli sharing a conversation with Nurul Ain (second right) and her two colleagues Norsaezah Suhairi (left) and Nor Ana Johan.

SHAH ALAM: The Shah Alam City Council (MBSA) is considering putting a male officer in each enforcement group when it makes its rounds.  
MBSA deputy secretary Rosli Bakar said Friday the suggestion follows the incident last month where enforcement officer Nurul Ain Isa, was harassed by a couple when she was on duty with two other female officers.  
“There are two options we are looking at. The first is for the all-female group to alert the closest enforcement station and request for a male officer to join them during the rounds.  
“The other option is to place a male officer in each group.  
"But since male officers are often assigned to other heavier tasks, we will have to discuss this and decide,” he said when met after a tea session with female enforcement officers at the city council building here.  
Also present was Selangor Health, Welfare, Women and Family Affairs Committee chairman Dr Daroyah Alwi, who presented flowers to show solidarity with the three officers.  
The media was not allowed to interview the officers since the court proceedings involving them is still ongoing.  
On Nov 24, Nurul Ain, 23, was harassed by a couple after she issued them a summons for a parking offence at Bukit Rahman Putra, Sungai Buloh.  
A video recording of the incident went viral on social media.  
The two-minute footage showed Nurul Ain being cornered by the couple, with the woman hanging on tightly to her tunic.
A scuffle ensued as Nurul Ain tried to walk away, but was prevented by the man who had boxed her into a space between two cars while trying to take her photo.  
She was also heard calling to her partner for help.  
The couple were arrested later, charged and sentenced to 14 days’ jail and fined RM3,000. The court granted a stay pending appeal by the couple.  
The Attorney-General’s Chambers also filed an appeal saying the sentence was “manifestly inadequate” and asked for a commensurate sentence. 
Rosli noted that MBSA has 35 female enforcement officers in white uniform and another 63 in blue uniform.  
“Those in white uniform handle only traffic offences, while those in blue handle general enforcement duties," he added.

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