Media Conference Statement by
Parliamentary Opposition Leader and DAP MP for Ipoh Timur Lim Kit Siang
at Perak DAP Hqrs in Ipoh on Thursday, 17th January 2008 at 11 am:
Nurin and Sharminie would have been safe and be happy with their
family today if the key recommendations of the Royal Police Commission
to have an efficient professional world-class police to keep crime low
been fully implemented
Two days ago, the media splashed the news that the police was finally on
the verge of solving the horrendous Nurin Jazlin abduction-rape-murder
crime, with reports that the police have obtained a seven-day remand
order against a 31-year-old security guard who was detained in
connection with the murder of eight-year-old Nurin Jazlin Jazimin last
Nurin was sexually abused by her assailant and killed; her body in a
sports bag abandoned in Petaling Jaya, near the location where
five-year-old girl Sharlinie Mohd Nashar went missing a week ago –
another victim of the heinous crime of child abduction.
News report today that the security guard was released after three days
of seven-day remand, as well as the release of another 43-year-old man
detained last Saturday also in connection with Nurin’s murder, have
further shaken public confidence in the competence and professionalism
of the police force.
Recently, the police have proven it very competent, diligent and
successful in the arrest of peddlers of the Chua Soi Lek sex DVDs, which
raises pertinent question as to the proper order of police priorities in
fighting crime and creating an environment where Malaysians are assured
of personal safety and property security.
After the shocking disappearance and abduction of Sharlinie and the
fruitless search for her, despite personal pleas by the Prime Minister,
Cabinet Ministers and even the Inspector-General of Police, there
appears to be a CCTV-mania as if the installation of CCTVs can ensure a
crime-free or low-crime society.
This is a great fallacy and evasion of government and police
responsibility to fight crime with an efficient, professional
world-class police force, for if CCTVs are so efficacious in fighting
crime, then there is no need for any expansion and upgrading of the
police force or increased allocations for the police apart from
Other countries have shown that CCTVs per se is no answer to endemic
crime as there can be no substitute for an efficient, professional
world-class police service, with the police highly visible in public
places to fight and deter crime.
I am very disappointed that in the aftermath of the nation-wide shock of
another heinous crime against a child, all attention had been focused on
having more CCTVs instead of ensuring that Malaysia has an efficient,
accountable, incorruptible, professional world-class police force to
keep crime low.
Nobody in government, police or the ruling Barisan Nasional had referred
to the Royal Police Commission and its 125 recommendations completed 32
months ago in May 2005 when Malaysia today would be a safer country with
very lower crime rate, with Nurin and Sharlininie safe and happy with
their family, if the Royal Police Commission Report and recommendations
had been fully implemented.
The Royal Police Commission had proposed that the police focus on three
core policing functions – to keep crime low, to eradicate corruption in
the police force and to uphold human rights.
On all these three core policing functions; the police are on a worse
footing today than when the Royal Police Commission was established four
Just as an example. Last week, the Prime Minister-cum-National Security
Minister, Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi said he was “worried” about
the rising crime index, as the number of serious crimes increased by
13.36 per cent nationwide last year, jumping from 44,016 cases in 2006
to 49,897 in 2006, with gang robbery without use of firearms galloping
by more than 159 per cent.
Further study shows that the crime situation in Malaysia has reached
crisis proportion, with endemic crime the order of the day in the four
years of the Abdullah premiership, viz;
Thus, although serious crimes have shot up by 13.4 per cent last year as
compared to the previous year, they have shot up by 119%, with gang
robbery without firearms leaping by 268% and rape by 116% in the four
years of Abdullah premiership from 2003 to 2007!
In the past four years, the incidence of rape had more than doubled from
a daily average of four women raped a day in 2003 to 8.5 cases last
One important reason why Malaysia is facing a national crime crisis with
the government and police losing control of the crime situation is
because of the failure to implement the key recommendations of the Royal
Police Commission in the past 32 months.
I dare say that if the key recommendations of the Royal Police
Commission had been implemented diligently and professionally, Nurin and
Sharlinie would not have been abducted and would have been safe with the
We pray and hope that Sharlinie is safe and could be returned and
reunited with her family. But let all Malaysians resolve that the Nurin
and Sharlinie crimes are the final wake-up call to demand that
Malaysians regain their two fundamental rights – to be free from crime
and the fear of crime, for themselves and their loved ones.
As Parliamentary Opposition Leader, I will launch a series of public
forums entitled “No more Nurins and Sharlinies as victims of crimes”
throughout the country to mobilize public support for a nationwide “Good
Cops, Safe Malaysia” campaign to make the streets, public places and
privacy of homes safe again for Malaysians, visitors, tourists and
In the first phase of the series, public forums will be held in Petaling
Jaya, Kuala Lumpur, Ipoh, Penang, Seremban, Malacca and Johor Baru. I
will invite leaders from political parties (both Barisan Nasional and
Opposition parties), the Police, civil society leaders, NGOs and
concerned individuals to the public forums to support the “Good Cops,
Safe Malaysia” campaign.
Kit Siang, Parliamentary
Opposition Leader, MP for Ipoh Timur & DAP Central Policy and Strategic
Planning Commission Chairman