Tan Sri Norain Mai may show up in DAP forum on Saturday to give his side of the story


Media Statement
by Ronnie Liu

(Petaling Jaya, Wednesday): Members of the public who turn up for the forum at Crystal Crown Petaling Jaya this Saturday should not to be too surprised if the highest ranking police official shows up personally to address them.

A senior official from his office called up for more details about the forum entitled "Lesson from Canny Ong: Reduce crime and fear of crime". Tan Sri Norain Mai is invited to give his side of the story on the topic.

Other panellists include Lim Kit Siang, Ramdas Tikamdas (Hakam), Maria Chin Abdullah (Women Development Collective) and Chong Eng (MP of Bukit Mertajam).

The forum should start at 8 pm and end with a Q&A session.

The forum will be officiated by MP for Bukit Bintang Fong Kui Lun, who is also the chairman of the DAP Selangor committee.

The Canny Ong's case has highlighted the importance of law and order in the country, and the need for greater professionalism in the police force in general.

The Malaysian public who were eager to know more about the police force and their own safety have been fed with conflicting facts and figures from the authority itself.

Both the Home Minister and his deputy have screwed up on the police to population ratio. The correct figure was around 1:300, but was quoted as 1:3,000. And they missed the point on quantity, rather than quality. They also said that 23,000 new stuff would be recruited over the next two years, but only too quick to change the tune to "over the next five years".

And then we were shocked to hear form the CID chief that only 6,000 out of the 83,000 strong police personnel were actually deployed to fight crimes. This cannot be true. No one would want to believe it.

We really hope that the IGP would personally show up to clear the air, and also take the opportunity to listen to the voice of the ordinary folks who are now living in fear.

The police are the custodians of law and order. Only a professional police force can deliver the job.


* Ronnie Liu Tian Khiew, DAP national publicity secretary