Statement By Lim Guan Eng In Petaling Jaya On 25.1.2008:
Tan Sri Musa Hasan
Should Make Up For His Failure To Check The Alarming Rise In Crime Rate
By Leading His Officers To Patrol The Streets Once A Month
Inspector-General of Police is correct in saying that the police force
would be deemed to have failed if the crime rate continued to rise and
the drug menace left unchecked. Despite Musa’s promise to reduce crime
when he was first made the IGP in 2006 and repeated by him when the
government extended his contract by two years in 13.9.2007, Musa’s
record in combating crime is one of unmitigated failure.
Unfortunately the only transformation seen is the public perception of
the police becoming more corrupt and loss of public confidence in its
ability to fight crime. The crime index has risen every year since Musa
became IGP and refused to come down. Police failure to fight crime is
best encapsulated by the missing five-year-old Sharlinie Mohd Nashar who
disappeared from a playground about 200m from her house in Taman Medan,
Petaling Jaya Selatan on 9.1.08 and who has still not been found even
though a special police task force has been set up. Musa should make up
for his failure to check the alarming rise in crime rate by leading his
officers to patrol the streets once a month.
crimes rose by 13.4 per cent nationwide last year compared to 2006,
particularly gang robbery without the use of firearms rising by more
than 159 per cent, gang robbery with firearms by 15%. More repugnant are
the 30% rise in rapes to 3,177 cases and 12% rise in molest to 2,320
cases in 2007. With 3,177 rapes and 2,320 outraging of modesty cases
last year, this means that there are 8.7 rapes and 6.4 women molested
daily last year.
words 15 women are raped and molested a day last year. These are only
reported figures and the actual rapes and molest cases could be much
more as it is generally known that for every report lodged there are as
high as 5 unreported cases. Such frightening figures are unacceptable in
a civilized and caring society such as Malaysia.
succeed in crime prevention by putting 100,000 police personnel to
patrol the streets and tough on the causes of crime by improving
economic conditions and wiping out police abuses through setting up the
IPCMC. There are not enough policemen patrolling the streets and even
though employing 100,000 policemen to patrol the streets may be costly,
it is a practical and a real solution to rampant crime. With an
additional 100,000 policemen on the streets, Malaysia would reach the
international benchmark of 1:250, one policemen for every 250 persons.
100,000 policemen on the streets may cost us an extra RM 10 billion a
year but what is RM 10 billion when the nation suffered losses of RM
15.2 billion from crime alone in 2004 and may have cost us more than RM
20 billion last year. Spending RM 10 billion to employ 100,000 extra
policemen would not only be cost effective due to the huge financial
losses from crime but avoid the physical pain and injury inflicted on
innocent victims and their families.
power, misconduct and corruption until senior officers have been charged
in court for accumulating extraordinary wealth and complaints of
mistreatment have sapped public confidence in the ability of the police.
The police would be the first to admit that the battle against crime can
only be won with the confidence and co-operation from the public. Only
the IPCMC can overcome this malaise within the police force by winning
back public confidence and compel the police to refocus on successfully
continue with our nation-wide public campaign pressing for the adoption
of the IPCMC and employing 100,000 policemen to patrol the streets to
ensure that Malaysians enjoy the four basic rights of security to work,
study, live and study in a safe environment.
Lim Guan Eng,