Now we know why the police are so reluctant to entertain people making police reports. If these pesky victims could just co-operate and refrain from making any reports, that would make our statistics look so much better. Then everything will be honky-dory. We could even have better crime statistics than Singapore!

Anyway, the crime problem is all in your head. Just change your head and everything will be fine. Speaking of changing heads, maybe its time to change the Police Head.

1. Fight crime not fight perception

2. Personal safety is not just a state of mind

3. Snatch thefts rampant in Section 17

4. Sri Lankan dies in attack

5. High crime rates? Nah, just change your perception.

6. Change perception of police, not crime

7. Leap in crime? Police reclassify crimes to make the penalties heavier

Fight crime not fight perception

posted on Tuesday, December 2nd, 2008

Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak was being most frivolous and
irresponsible when he adopted lock, stock and barrel the line that the
biggest police challenge is not to fight crime but the perception that crime
is serious in Malaysia!

He trotted out the argument that statistics indicate that crime rate in
Malaysia is lower than Japan and Hong Kong, with the logical conclusion that
that it is safer in Malaysia than in Japan and Hong Kong.

When Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi became Prime Minister five years ago,
the crime situation was so bad that one of his top priorities was to
establish a Royal Police Commission to create an efficient and professional
world-class police service to keep crime low.

The Royal Police Commission said in its report in 2005 that the crime index
of 156,455 cases of crime for 2004 "seriously dented Malaysia's reputation
as a safe country" and recommended an immediate reduction of the crime index
by 20 per cent in the next 12 months.

What has happened in the past four years? For two consecutive years, the
crime index had reached endemic proportions, crashing through the 200,000
barrier in 2007 and 2008 - and yet we have a Prime Minister-designate
publicly repudiating the Prime Minister's previous stance by claiming that
the problem is not crime but public perception on crime when Malaysians feel
even more unsafe from crime with every passing year.

Even the Selangor Sultan is very concerned about the crime situation in
Selangor and the country.

This is what the Sultan of Selangor said in an interview with Star on crime:

I continue to receive complaints from the rakyat on the ground situation. I
read about crime in the newspapers and even at dinner conversations. People
talk about it. It's not just a Selangor problem but a national problem. In
Selangor, we have the highest crime rate because the population is now the
biggest in Malaysia. This is also a place which attracts outsiders and
foreigners because of job opportunities. Social problems such as crime comes
naturally unfortunately. It is expected.

I have been told that crime prevention has improved. The Selangor police are
saying that this is their most successful period in the last 10 years with
the state index showing a marginal increase. Gombak, Ampang, Shah Alam,
Kuala Langat, Hulu Selangor and Sepang districts show decreases overall.

I am sure the police are trying their best but perceptions are important. If
the public do not feel safe on the street or even at home, no amount of
assurances would be good enough. Even the homes of police officers are
burgled. That is bad. There should be more policemen on the streets. People
feel safe when they see policemen on patrol. Traffic cops alone are not good

Najib's claim that Malaysia is safer than Japan and Hong Kong based on crime
statistics is highly suspect as the basis and definition for the crime
indices in the two countries vary greatly.

DAP National Publicity Secretary Tony Pua has a more detailed statement on
the fallacies of Najib's comparative data.

But what cries out for answer is why Najib should sell the irresponsible
line that Malaysia is comparatively safe, safer than Japan and Hong Kong?

Personal safety is not just a state of mind

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 2 - Tan Sri Musa Hassan and the top brass in the Royal
Malaysian Police force are in a quandary: every time they trot out
statistics suggesting that the crime situation here is under control, they
end up being put through the grinder.

This was also the case yesterday when the Inspector-General of Police
briefed Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi and a collection of
ministers, senior civil servants and corporate figures. He told the
gathering that it was only a perception that the public safety situation
here had spun out of control.

Figures showed that Malaysia was a relatively safe country with 772 crimes
for every 100,000 residents in the country. This ratio compares favourably
with Hong Kong where there are 1,166 cases for every 100,000 residents;
Japan 1,569 cases and Australia 4,470 cases.

Taken as a whole, the statistics showed that only Singapore with 704 cases
per 100,000 residents had a safer environment, said Musa.

For the next two hours, the country's top cop had to face a barrage of
questions from members of the Economic Council, sources told The Malaysian

Many of them shared anecdotes of family, friends and tourists being victims
of crime. They argued that perception about crime is a function of public
sentiment about their well-being at home and work.

Several Council members noted that Malaysians will have scant regard for
reports that show that the crime situation was better here than in Hong Kong
or Japan. What mattered was whether Malaysians felt that they could go out
at any time of the day without the fear of being accosted, waylaid or

It is understood that Musa stood his ground and explained all the crime
prevention initiatives that the police had introduced. He also maintained
that the crime situation was pretty much under control.

Still, the consensus around the room seemed to be that though police had
increased their presence in urban areas and housing estates and improved
intelligence gathering, crime was still a big concern for Malaysians.

Council members were concerned that the crime situation could deteriorate
during the economic slowdown.

And today, DAP's Lim Kit Siang challenged the notion that perception rather
than the crime index was the problem. He noted that in 2005 the Royal
Commission on the Police Force said that the crime index of 156,455 cases
for 2004 "seriously dented Malaysia's reputation as a safe country" and
recommended a reduction of the crime index by 20 per cent over the next 12

He noted that the crime index remained high and yet the police were content
to say that the problem was public perception. (For the first 10 months of
the year, the number of crime cases was 177,141.)

The Sultan of Selangor also had something to say about crime and perception
in an interview with The Star.

The Ruler said that he had been informed by Selangor police that they had
been successful in bringing down the crime rate in several districts in the

"I am sure the police are doing their best but perceptions are important. If
the public do not feel safe on the street or even at home, no amount of
reassurance would be good enough," he said.

Snatch thefts rampant in Section 17

Tuesday December 2, 2008

I wish to highlight crime in Section 17, Petaling Jaya. Snatch thefts are
becoming so rampant in this residential area that people are now fearful to
go outdoors.

Such crimes happen in the morning and late at night.

I have personally witnessed three out of four snatch theft incidents on the
road where I live.There were eight snatch theft cases in this area in the
past one week, what about other areas of the neighbourhood?

These criminals ride motorcycles and would come to the doorstep with knives.
They would go to the extent of smashing car windows to get valuables.

I implore the police to set up a beat base in Section 17, PJ, because such
thieves are targeting this residential area.

The Pondok Polis at the market square is always empty. I hope our elected
representatives will do something about this.

We need to fight back and can only do so if we receive back-up from the
police and relevant authorities.

A neighbourhood watch can only work if the residents cooperate and are
willing to work together to fight this menace.

Petaling Jaya

Sri Lankan dies in attack
Dec 1, 2008

PETALING JAYA: A 22-year-old student who was killed by a group of
parang-wielding men is believed to be a victim of mistaken identity.

Sarankan Srikandarajah from Sri Lanka was having lunch at 3.45pm on
Wednesday in Taman Tasik Semenyih, just a two-minute drive from Nottingham
University in Kajang where he studied, when 10 men in three cars pulled up
and attacked three students.

A witness said the assailants hacked and slashed the victims.

"It was horrible and everyone was stunned as they attacked my friends for
almost two minutes before leaving without saying a word," the witness, who
requested to remain anonymous, said.

Sarankan, a final-year student, suffered multiple slash wounds, losing part
of his heels and fingers as he tried to kick away the parang.

He died at the Subang Jaya Medical Centre at 7am yesterday.

A few minutes after the attack on Wednesday, another student of the same
university was attacked two kilometres away when the same assailants blocked
his car and began slashing him.

"They rammed my car to a stop in the middle of the road. One of them opened
my door and began slashing me until one of his gang members said in Tamil:
'He is not the person'.

"He stopped attacking me and got back in his car and drove off," the victim,
who also requested anonymity, said.

He suffered cuts on his thigh, hand and leg and needed 48 stitches.

It is learnt that many of the students living the area are afraid for their
safety following the vicious attack.

Kajang OCPD Asst Comm Sakaruddin Che Mood confirmed the incidents.

High crime rates? Nah, just change your perception.

Change perception of police, not crime

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