In the past 30 months since
the Royal Police Commission Report crime index has not only increased by
leaps and bounds, new forms of criminality have arisen creating even greater
fear among law-abiding citizens, tourists and would-be investors
Media Statement (2)
by Lim Kit Siang
In the past 30 months since the
Royal Police Commission Report and its 125 recommendations in May 2005 to
create an incorruptible, efficient, professional world-class police
service to reduce crime, eradicate corruption and protect human rights,
the scene on the crime front has taken a turn for the worse.
There has not only been a big jump in the crime index, new forms of
criminality have been created striking fear among law-abiding citizens,
tourists and would-be investors making Malaysia even more unsafe for
people and property compared to four years ago.
The Royal Police Commission in its May 2005 Report had referred to the
“alarming” and “dramatic increase” in the crime index from 121,176 cases
in 1997 to 156,455 cases in 2004, an increase of 29 per cent in eight
years, and recommended a reduction by 20% in the crime index in the first
In actual fact, the reverse has taken place with the crime index set to
create a new record in crossing the 200,000 mark this year – a hefty
increase of some 30% of the crime incidence in three years from 2004!
Yesterday, Datuk Dr. Maximus Ongkili, Minister in the Prime Minister’s
Department and Chairman of the Crime Prevention Foundation, admitted the
worsening of the crime index this year with nine reported cases of rape a
day in the first nine months of this year as compared to four cases a day
in 2003 and 6.7 cases a day in 2006!
A recent public opinion survey found that crime and public safety was
rated as the second biggest concern of Malaysians – coming after price
hikes and economic concerns.
What must be a matter of grave concern is the creation of new forms of
criminality compounding the fear and trauma of Malaysians that they have
lost the fundamental and previous freedom from crime and the fear of
This week alone there were two cases of abduction – not of the rich and
wealthy but ordinary people. A 28-year-old woman, fashion designer, was
abducted in broad daylight in Shah Alam when she was walking to her office
to report for work after parking her car at an open car park nearby, and
was taken on a 22-hour terror ride to force her to withdraw RM6,000 from
her bank ATM account.
Last week also saw baby-abduction in the Kajang Hospital by a 16-year-old
girl who ran away with a new-born baby she had snatched – although the
mother Norimah Tantalih, 31, was fortunate that the baby was rescued
Snatch-thefts have not only increased by leaps and bounds, but have
mutated to new criminal forms of smashing cars to snatch hand-bags and
valuables inside – not only in broad daylight but in the presence of the
The Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, Datuk Nazri Aziz has
confirmed that the long-delayed Independent Police Complaints and
Misconduct Commission (IPCMC) Bill would be presented to Parliament in the
The parliamentary debate on the IPCMC bill will be a major debate on the
state of crime in Malaysia.
However, up to now, the IPCMC Bill has not been made available to MPs
although the Dewan Rakyat has been extended for three days till Dec. 19.
The IPCMC is the key proposal of the Royal Police Commission to undergird
its police reform recommendations to achieve the three core police
objectives to keep crime low, eradicate corruption in the police force and
uphold human rights.
The question is whether the IPCMC proposed in the forthcoming Bill will be
by-and-large the external oversight mechanism to monitor and check police
abuses of power as recommended by the Royal Police Commission or whether
it would be a different creature altogether, without teeth and
Opposition Leader, MP for Ipoh Timur & DAP Central Policy and Strategic
Planning Commission Chairman