IGP denies crime rate is on the rise
KUALA LUMPUR, July 6 — Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Ismail Omar today refuted claims by some quarters that the crime rate in the country is on the rise based on the crime cases reported by the media including social media.
He said the claims were not true because statistics obtained from the state and district police, as well as international platforms like the Genuine Progress Indicator (GPI), showed the effectiveness of measures to combat and reduce crime in the country.
“If there are quarters who are still not convinced by what has been done by the Royal Malaysian Police since the implementation of National Key Result Area (NKRA) initiatives to reduce crime two years ago, they can refer to the reports including that issued by GPI.
“And yesterday, international panellists attending the two-day meeting on Review of Crime Reduction 2012 through the NKRA also agreed with what we have done,” he said after the Bukit Aman federal police headquarters’ greening programme, here, today.
The international meeting was also attended by Hong Kong police director of management, SAC Tang How Kong, and former head of the Anti-Terrorist Branch of the New Scotland Yard, Peter Clarke.
“The safety of the community is our priority and I admit that crime does occur but not to the extent as exaggerated by some quarters to cause public fear.
“Each crime report received is analysed daily to ensure maintenance of public safety,” said Ismail (picture).
He said to further improve security maintenance PDRM had sent its personnel to European countries like Sweden and the United Kingdom and also to Hong Kong and Singapore to seek new methods to reduce the crime rate in Malaysia.
Meanwhile, Ismail did not dismiss the possibility of the involvement of locals in the smuggling of migrants from war-torn countries into Malaysia by syndicates which also involved Australians.
However, he was confident that with closer Malaysia-Australia cooperation through the signing of a memorandum of understanding last year, cross-border crime could be curbed. — Bernama