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Ending Impunity for Violence against Women and Girls

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Press Conference after meeting women around SS2 while giving out red roses
by Tony Pua   
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(Petaling Jaya, Thursday) : As the crime rate spirals upwards, itís time to talk less and do more.

 

Instead of the usual celebratory fanfare just on International Womenís Day, DAP is pushing for a crime action plan and increased police patrols in Petaling Jaya to make it a safer for women

 

Obviously there are clearly many things wrong with our policing system.

 

Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi had promised us a safer country to live in since he took over the Prime Ministership. The Royal Malaysian Police Force had promised us an annual improvement of 5% in the crime index. Both parties are clearly failing the rakyat, and failing miserably.

 

Unfortunately, we do not have Batman and Robin guarding our streets at night.

 

The Royal Police Commission report had stated that violent crime grew from 16,919 cases in 1997 to 21,859 in 2004. That's an increase of 29.2% over the 8 years.

 

However, as recently announced, the past 3 years alone saw violent crime soaring by an unbelievable 93.7% from 21,859 cases in 2003 to 42,343 cases in 2006. The number of women raped increased from 4 to 6.7 victims daily from 2003 to 2006. And that is only the reported cases, as we are fully aware that rape cases are significantly under-reported in this country.

 

In Petaling Jaya (PJ) alone where Datuk Albert Mah suffered his premature demise, the crime index increased by more than 22% over the past year alone. That is higher than the national average increase of 15.7%, or 14.3% for Selangor. The ratio of 1 policeman for every 5,500 citizens in PJ is far too high compared to recommended international standards of 1 to 250 citizens.

 

We call on the Royal Malaysian Police to take immediate and concrete actions to implement a Crime Action Plan for urban centres which are prone to criminal activities as well as to increase its workforce dedicated to fighting crime as recommended by the Royal Police Commission.

 

(8/3/2007)  


*Tony Pua, Economic Advisor to DAP Secretary-General

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