|George Town, 17 January 2018 – Never carry knives for self-defence, but everyday items can be just as useful to protect oneself. The police advised students of KDU Penang University College (KDU Penang) to use keys gripped between the fingers in a fist, or firmly held pens as weapons to defend themselves with in desperate situations.|
However, Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Mr Chang Kut Choy advised students not to carry knives for protection. “If you don’t know how to use it, you can hurt yourself,” he said.
ASP Chang, who is Chief of Mobile Patrol Vehicle and Crime Prevention and Community Safety Department from the Royal Malaysian Police, was speaking to students at the talk on ‘Crime Prevention and Volunteer Smartphone Patrol’ held on the campus. The talk was organised by the Student Service Department and included a T-Baton and self-defence demonstration.
Although a knife was too dangerous as a weapon for self-protection, he said a pepper spray was possible but advised students to study the instructions because students should never spray against the wind and should aim for the assailant’s face, for example.
During the talk, ASP Chang also introduced and recommended the use of a mobile app called the Volunteer Smartphone Patrol (VSP), a new and innovative effort by the police to help the public to share information or complaints that require the assistance of the police.
Miss Joey Phuah Soo Yee, manager of the Student Service Department said that the talk was vital for students and the department will hold the talk regularly to make sure all students learn about self-protection and crime prevention.