Improve police measures against crime
DAP National Deputy Chairman and MP for Kepong Dr Tan Seng Giaw presses the police to improve the measures against crime such as robbery, stealing and snatch-thieving. These are necessary to protect the public.
Meanwhile, the people must cooperate and use preventive measures against crime.
Dr Tan issues the statement on 24.12.2008, Boxing Day, after receiving complaints about robbery including a few houses having been robbed by attackers wielding parangs in Jinjang North last night.
Malaysia faces problems of security. The crime rate in the country is serious and the people are unhappy. Next year, the economic slowdown will be worse and crime will increase.
Last night, robbers terrified residents in Jinjang North. The police has detained a robber of Chinese descent.
We have contacted the OCPD of Sentul District. Next week, we shall meet to discuss the ways for the people and the police to cooperate against crime.
We have often debated the crime issue in Parliament, reminding the Government of the need to take effective action to tackle the problem.
When residents such as those in Kepong Baru remind the police of the activities of criminals, the latter increase their efforts and relative peace is restored. Then, crime rate goes up in other places. After the police shift the attention to other polices, crime returns to Kepong Baru. Such is the pattern.
The population of Malaysia is 25 million. It seems that there are 161 prisoners per 100,000. This is serious. We hope the Government announce the true crime rate.
The causes of crime include unemployment, parental neglect and illegal immigrants. The people must try to understand these causes, if possible.
The police have a heavy resposibility. Now, the force is about 80,000, or it is also quoted as 90,000. It may not be able to cope with everything. Let us hope that by 2012, the strength will increase to 150,000. In the meantime, the police must have better measures against crime.
Dr Tan Seng Giaw