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    Law & Order: Don't dismiss crime concern as perception problem, Wong Chin Huat

    Don’t dismiss crime concerns as perception problem, says Bersih leader

    June 11, 2012

    Hishammuddin said the recent spate of violent crimes in the Klang Valley were “isolated” incidents. — File pic

    KUALA LUMPUR, June 11 — The government must reform the police force to tackle rising crime instead of blaming this on public perception, a Bersih leader said today.Bersih steering committee member Dr Wong Chin Huat said Home Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein should not be engrossed with how the public viewed the police, but instead work towards introducing proper structural reforms.

    Hishammuddin yesterday insisted the country’s crime rate has seen no increase and that recent cases of violent crime were “isolated” despite growing concern over public safety especially in the Klang Valley.

    The minister also said blowing a few cases out of proportion would create a perception that Malaysia was unsafe country, when official data showed otherwise.

    Today, Wong described Hishammuddin’s remarks as “offensive” and “deplorable”, saying it showed the government’s serious disconnect with the public on security.

    “He (Hishammuddin) is adding insult to the injury to those of us who have suffered physical harm, psychological trauma and property loss in crimes,” said Wong.

    Wong was left with bloodied after being attacked while jogging in Petaling Jaya on Saturday morning, while teacher Teoh Soo Kim, 51, is fighting for her life after suffering severe head injuries during her abduction last Wednesday.

    One of the ways of dealing with rising crime, Wong said, was a re-allocation of more police personnel to core units such as the criminal investigation department instead of the Special Branch or the General Operations Force.

    “In the longer run, decentralise the police force to have a federal police force in charge of human-trafficking, drug-trafficking, terrorist attacks and other major and cross-border crimes.

    “(Also), state police forces which are accountable to state governments and in collaboration with the federal police force,” said Wong.

    He then called on the Home Ministry to approve requests by state governments like Selangor to establish auxiliary police units.

    “It defies all senses that local governments are not allowed to pay to provide extra security to the residents, when some private companies can have such forces. Adequate auxiliary police forces would have saved many residents the extra money paid for having gated or guarded communities,” added Wong.

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    'Bulk of gov't fund only to tackle fear of crime'

    • Ahmad Fadli KC

    • 4:14PM Jul 10, 2012

    The government is taking the wrong approach by spending 71 percent of its crime-busting budget under the government transformation programme (GTP) on managing perception - rather than on the reduction of crime.

    PKR president Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail claimed that a whopping RM170 million of the budget for the national key result area (NKRA) to reduce crime this year is being used to tackle “fear of crime”.

    At the same time, Wan Azizah said, the government has allocated 3.67 percent of its funds to reduce break-ins and car thefts, 11.27 percent to cut down street crimes, 2.75 percent to bring criminals to justice and 11.25 percent to increase public satisfaction with the police.

    “The government is insincere as it is only focusing on perception,” she said, referring to estimated allocation detailed in the 2012 budget for the Home Ministry.

    Referring to the GTP annual report 2011, PKR investment and trade bureau chief Wong Chen said the government only measured perception of crime and fear of crime twice last year.

    'Money for commercial airtime?'

    Speaking alongside Wan Azizah, Wong said this raised questions as to how the RM170 million was spent and its efficacy, “especially since we are now in the second half of 2012".

    “Are they using the money to buy commercial airtime? We don't know. Pakatan Rakyat ceramah only cost RM300 (per event),” he quipped.

    Wong said the government should instead spend 70 percent of its funds to bring down crime and utilise the balance to manage perception.

    PKR had previously urged the government to stop spending time spying on the rakyat and instead, put its resources to combating crime.

    It had said this based on a report that the police special branch had opened 733,000 investigation papers, while the crime investigation department opened less than a third of that - at 212,000 papers - last year.

    Meanwhile, asked about speculation that she will contest a state seat in the coming general election, Wan Azizah said she was mulling the matter.
    “I am qualified to contest a state seat, but we are still discussing which is seat is most suitable,” she said.

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    Expats worried about crime in Malaysia

    By Lee Wei Lian

    July 11, 2012
    Jala’s Pemandu has tried to address growing fears about crime in Malaysia. — File pic

    PETALING JAYA, July 11 — The recent spate of crime is causing expatriates to fear for their safety and could impact Malaysia’s efforts to attract talent to deal with its skills shortage, a senior human resource manager with a major multinational told a conference here today.

    This comes after a string of high-profile crimes — including the kidnapping of 12-year old Nayati Moodliar, the son of a Dutch expatriate that made international headlines — were committed in the last few months, sparking heated debates over public safety.

    “When I talk to expats in Shell, there is a growing insecurity with regards to safety,” said Darrel Devan Lourdes, country human resource manager for Shell Malaysia, at a conference on human resources here.

    He noted that the living environment was an issue that Malaysia, which is trying to graduate to developed nation status, needed to address as part of its initiative to shore up its talent base.

    “Talent will stay in Malaysia if it’s liveable,” he said.

    Lourdes said later at the sidelines of the conference that whether the fears were based on perception or reality was up for debate, but the sense of “insecurity” among expatriates was undeniable.

    The apparently growing trend of shocking crime incidents have put government officials on the defensive, with the home minister having to deny that there was any surge in the country’s crime rate.

    The government’s Performance Management and Delivery Unit (Pemandu) chief executive Datuk Seri Idris Jala also asked the media to stop sensationalising crime cases to help arrest the “doom and gloom” surrounding the issue.

    Crime is one of the key result areas of Pemandu’s Government Transformation Programme.

    The official figures and any change in mainstream reporting may have little impact on public perception, however, given the strength of social media that has been key in spreading news of some crime incidences.

    News of Nayati’s kidnapping first surfaced in Facebook while another victim of a kidnapping attempt, Chin Xin-Ci, also posted her ordeal of being attacked by two men at a shopping mall car park on popular social networking site, before the stories quickly went viral and were later picked up by mainstream media.

    Word-of-mouth is also something that is beyond the control of the government.

    “Malaysians like to talk,” noted Lourdes.

    In the latest high profile crime to be reported, the mother of a Penang federal lawmaker was robbed at knifepoint in a pre-dawn home invasion in George Town this morning.

    Other cases which made headlines in recent weeks include an ATM robbery at a hypermarket that saw about RM1.2 million in cash carted away; a carjacking and kidnapping of a Singaporean family in Johor and a Malacca clerk who died after she fell off her motorbike after being attacked by two men.

    Following the string of ATM robberies, banks are also now mulling moving their ATMs located in malls, supermarkets, petrol and rail stations to alternative locations.

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