People's sense of insecurity must not be viewed as rubbish by the
by Chong Eng
The Penang police chief Deputy Commissioner Datuk Othman Talib was reported
by Malay Mail saying that a DAP survey which revealed poor perception of
people towards the police performance as utter rubbish.
I would agree with Othman Talib that the 212 respondents is too small a
number to represent the whole state. Nevertheless, this is the view of 212
ratepayers and the fact that 87.8 percent of them are dissatisfied with the
polish performance should be viewed with concern.
In addition, in another poll with 50 participants of a talk on sex-crime,
all the 50 participants, mainly women expressed the similar sentiment of
dissatisfaction. They all feel unsafe and insecure due to recent shape
increased in crime rate.
Police officers like Othman Talib are being entrusted with important task to
keep the law and order of the society and the country. They should be more
responsive to the views of the public. They should be more open minded in
facing up with the people¡¯s criticisms for police are after all human and
capable of making mistake.
Would Othman Talib describe DAP¡¯s poll result as rubbish if it said that
majority of the people are happy with the police performance? We understand
Othman Talib as the Penang police chief would want to defend the name of the
force. However, it is unreasonable of him to describe people¡¯s view of
insecurity and dissatisfaction toward police performance as rubbish. His
respond in fact showed bad attitude of inability to face up with criticism
with an open mind. We expect him to respond in a more professional manner.
Othman Talib should listen to the advise of former Inspector General of
Police Tun Hanif Omar who has openly told the polish to avoid the denial
syndrome when facing public criticism.
Tun Hanif Omar also said that the public was probably reluctant to report
crime nowadays because they were disgusted with police personnel who were
not keen to investigate thefts, which they regard as petty crime. Would
Othman Talib also describe the view of Hanif Omar as utter rubbish?
Othman said he had stressed many times that no report, no matter how
trivial, should ever refused by any police officer at any station. He can
stress a thousand times but this is not proof that such thing did not
happen. Police are prohibited from taking bribe. But in reality some police
are still doing so. Calling the public who face difficulty in making police
report to see him is not a good solution. The state police chief has many
more important tasks to perform such as putting in place a more public
friendly reporting system and a more efficient police force in fighting
DAP as a responsible political party has not intention to discredit the
police. The survey we did was an effort to represent the interest and the
concern of the people. We view public safety and security as important basic
citizens rights. We publish the results of the poll because we feel that the
authorities concerned should also know the sense of insecurity among the
people and do something to improve the situation. Othman Talib could
propose to the Home Ministry to carry out a proper survey to show that he is
concerned about the image of the police in the eyes of the public. Over
defensive and emotional respond from him will not do the police force
Chong Eng, DAP deputy secretary
general, Women National Executive Committee chairwoman and MP for Bukit