Dialogue between PJ Police and Residents: A 7-point suggestion on crime-busting

Press Statement
by Ronnie Liu

(Petaling Jaya, Wednesday): The police authority in Petaling Jaya, under the leadership of OCPD Dato' Sheikh Mustafa Bin Sheikh Ahmad SAC II should be commended for his readiness to discuss with the PJ residents on matters concerning snatch-thieves and other crimes in the area.

The objective of having dialogue of this nature is to raise public awareness on crime fighting. We hope Dato' Sheikh and his officers could tell us in what way they can help us to stop, prevent or reduce crimes in our area. And the police can use the occasion to educate the public on various aspects of crime fighting, with the help of the journalists present tonight.

We also hope that such dialogue would help to foster greater rapport between the police and the residents, and go a long way in helping to curb crimes in our society.

Many of the residents present tonight were victims of snatch-thieves. One of them is none other than the Member of Parliament for Bukit Mertajam, YB Chong Eng. And YB Fong Po Kuan, the MP for Batu Gajah, happens to be the witness of the ugly robbery. We shall invite them to share with us their action-packed kisah benar in a short while.

Dato' Sheikh told me that PJ happens to be one of the highest crime rate districts in the country when I met him on Monday. We hope he has some answers in his sleeves so that we all can live and sleep better after the dialogue tonight.

We have a seven-point suggestion to make after talking to some of the residents we met here last week:

1. Put up pondok polis along Jalan 20/9, Paramount LRT station and other notorious areas.

2. Increase police patrol service along Jalan 20/9 and other notorious areas.

3. Construct humps along Jalan 20/9 to deter snatch-thieves from speeding.

4. Police women to go undercover to trap snatch-thieves.

5. Deploy more police personnel to focus on crime-busting instead of allowing them to get involve in curbing traffic offence, menjaga rumah VVIPs or simply stand by for ceramahs.

6. Step up the awareness campaign against snatch-thieves and other crimes with the help of the media, such as the newspapers, radio and TV stations.

7. Employ more police officers. The present police force is obviously too small in number to cope with the ever-increasing crime rate in Petaling Jaya.


* Ronnie Liu Tian Khiew, Selangor DAP Secretary and Shadow MPPJ Chairperson