Police should make clear that
they are fully responsive to people’s concerns about crime and fear of crime
by sending representatives to the third Parliamentary Caucus public hearing
in Bukit Mertajam on Sunday and declaring no police objections to media
by Lim Kit Siang
The Police should make clear
that they are fully responsive to the people’s concerns about crime and
the fear of crime by sending representatives to the third Parliamentary
Caucus public hearing in Bukit Mertajam (at Jit Sin Chinese Independent
Secondary School ) at 10 am on Sunday and declaring no police objections
whatsoever to media coverage.
The Malaysian people cannot be blamed for concluding that the reason the
second public hearing of the Parliamentary Caucus on Human Rights and Good
Governance on “Fight Rising Crime” in Petaling Jaya on Wednesday became a
“closed session” which did not allow media reporting, which was a
departure from the first public hearing in Johor Baru last Sunday, was
because of police pressure.
This is not conducive to the police regaining full public confidence in
its mission to fight and reduce crime and the fear of crime.
The Police should welcome opportunities such as the public hearings of the
Parliamentary Caucus on Human Rights and Good Governance to allow the
people to speak their minds and adopt an open and positive attitude to
public criticisms about the failings and failures of the police in its
task to reduce crime and the fear of crime.
These criticisms are made not because the people are anti-police and want
to indulge in police bashing, but because the people, like the Royal
Police Commission which was formed by the Prime Minister, Datuk Seri
Abdullah Ahmad Badawi in one of his early initiatives when appointed to
the highest office in the land 44 months ago, want to have a world-class
police service which is efficient and professional enough to make the
streets, public places and the privacy of homes safe and secure for
citizens, tourists and investors.
Malaysians want the Police to be their friends and protectors and are
prepared to give the Police all assistance and support to wipe out the
country’s notoriety in crime and fear of crime, which former Deputy Prime
Minister Tun Musa Hitam admitted a few days ago is a major disincentive
for foreign investment.
Is the Inspector-General Police Tan Sri Musa Hassan prepared to send out a
clear signal that the Police welcome public criticisms and will fully
co-operate with the Parliamentary Caucus on Human Rights and Good
Governance it its series of “Fight Rising Crime” public hearings – and
that he will ensure that top police officers will attend the public
hearing in Bukit Mertajam and the Police have no objection whatsoever to
the public hearing being given media coverage?
Otherwise, Musa should explain what the Police have to hide that they are
so opposed to the Caucus public hearing being open to media coverage?
Opposition Leader, MP for Ipoh Timur & DAP Central Policy and Strategic
Planning Commission Chairman