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Has the Prime Minister run out of ideas to stop crime spiralling out of control with the 27% rise in the national crime index from 156,315 in 2003 when Abdullah took office to 198,622 in 2006?
by Lim Guan Eng
(Petaling Jaya, Wednesday): The burglary of the home of former CID director Datuk Fauzi Shaari in Shah Alam last night following the recent murder by robbers of former Chief Police Officer of Penang and ex-Bukit Bendera Member of Parliament Datuk Albert Mah in his home in Petaling Jaya, has only highlighted the seriousness of crime spiralling out of control. Such cases only shows how unsafe ordinary citizens are when the police can not even protect former senior police officers from ending up as victims of wanton crime.
When Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi took over on October 31 2003 as Internal Security Minister, the 2003 national crime index was 156,315. Three years later the national crime index has risen by 27% or 42,307 cases to 198,622 in 2006. On a yearly basis, the national crime index rose by 15.7% in 2006 as compared 171,604 crimes in 2005. Has the Prime Minister run out of ideas to stop crime spiralling out of control with the 27% rise in the national crime index from 156,315 in 2003 when Abdullah Took Office To 198,622 In 2006?
The Prime Minister must take immediate action to curb crime failing which such failure would be a stain on his reputation as Internal Security Minister. Only more police personnel can resolve the serious crimes threatening the safety of our neighbourhoods and security of our society. Despite the promises of 60,000 policemen no action is taken to increase the number of men on patrol. Furthermore, the public can not wait years for the extra 60,000 policemen to be recruited whilst criminals can operate unchecked.
DAP expresses disappointment that crime continues to rise unchecked despite the commitment by the new IGP Tan Sri Musa Hassan to reduce crime. The police is trying its best to reduce and check crime. But obviously its best efforts are not enough because of insufficient staff. Malaysia's current ratio of police personnel to the population is far lower than Interpol's requirement of 1:250 or one policeman for every 250 people, whilst the ratio in Malaysia was 1:1,573 or one policeman for every 1,573 people.,
However Malaysia's present figure of 1:1,573 is even lower if calculated on the basis of crime-fighting police personnel. There are only 8,000 police personnel in the Criminal Investigation Department(CID) to make our streets safe for 26 million Malaysian throughout the country or 1:3,250 that is only 1 policeman for every 3,250 people. Or only 9% of 92,000 policemen are involved in catching criminals. The 8,000 policemen involved in checking crime are ridiculous as there are many times more than 8,000 criminals in the country.
With crime spiraling out of control in our cities where students are killed on the streets for their handphones, slashed with parangs for RM 2, openly robbing and carting away the entire ATM machines from banks which are supposed to be very well-guarded, how much can 8,000 policemen do?
In other words, the ratio of 1 policemen for every 3,250 Malaysian is too low. The Royal Commission of Police recommended an extra 35,000 men be redeployed from other services in the police for crime fighting purposes. This will beef up the crime-fighting unit to 43,000 men or 47% of the present police force of 92,000 men.
With 43,000 men fighting crime the ratio would be 1 policemen for every 605 Malaysian, a much more reasonable ratio for the police to effectively fight crime and closer to Interpol's recommended 1:250. Only by increasing police personnel in crime prevention from 8,000 to 43,000 or 47% of the police force, can the people feel safe that the police are serious in catching criminals.
Malaysians can not wait for the 60,000 extra policemen which would probably only be achieved by 2020. Malaysians have a right to demand extra protection now and the only way to achieve that is by redeploying personnel from other sections of the police force, especially the Special Branch. Why does Special Branch need up to 7,000 personnel in the absence of the Communist threat?
Would not these personnel be better utilized if half of Special Branch personnel are transferred to patrol the streets to catch criminals then spy on law-abiding citizens or disrupt peaceful and orderly meetings held by opposition parties or flood victims protesting against poor rescue and relief efforts? DAP demands that 35,000 out of the present total police force of 92,000 doing other police work not related to fighting crime be transferred to CID to help to check crime.
* Lim Guan Eng, Secretary-General of DAP