MCPF to maximise use of digital technology for activities

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KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysian Crime Prevention Foundation (MCPF) has adopted new norms to carry out programmes and activities in light of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Its senior vice chairman Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye said the non-governmental orgnisation (NGO) that provides awareness and education on crime prevention was in the midst of enhancing and maximising the use of digital technology as a platform to reach out to the public via Facebook, WhatsApp, YouTube and others.

“MCPF members at all levels across Malaysia will be fully mobilised to assist in relaying and disseminating information on crime prevention tips to the community via information at their fingertips. The public can also play a role by disseminating the information.

“The use of online video conferencing applications will also be considered in various programmes such as lectures, dialogues, seminars, town hall sessions and more,” he said in a statement today.

The Registrar of Societies (RoS) with regards to the Special Directive Relating to the coronavirus outbreak on March 16 stated that all societies were prohibited from organising programmes, activities, conferences, assemblies and meetings until June 30.

Meanwhile, Lee advised the public to be more vigilant and be cautious at all times.

“Do not assume that crime will not happen throughout the duration of this Movement Control Order (MCO),” he said.

“With the occurrence of the ‘new normal’, the public are advised to maintain safe social distancing of at least 1 metre while waiting in line to buy necessities, food, or when going about their other activities, do not be preoccupied with your mobile phones.

“Most snatch theft cases occur due to the fact that the victims are preoccupied with their mobile phone conversations and are unaware of the happenings around them. Being vigilant and staying alert will always keep us safe.”

He said MCPF would also focus on educating the public about scammers who are also taking advantage of new technology to prey on their victims.

He added that the foundation would always work closely with various government and private agencies as well as NGOs to ensure that the community was always vigilant and alert in playing their role in crime prevention.

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