Najib: Support efforts towards building a safer country
KUALA LUMPUR, June 13 — Datuk Seri Najib Razak has called on Malaysians to support efforts towards and take ownership of building a safer neighbourhood, community and ultimately, a safer country.
The prime minister said the government had much to show for its efforts in combating crime, but would continue to pursue excellence in this area in order to ensure the safety of the people.
Citing crime as the second most important political issue after the economy, he said crime news featured strongly in the media as it was a natural concern for Malaysians.
“That’s why one of our country’s achievements that we should be proud of is our ranking by the Global Peace Index which ranked Malaysia as the safest country in Southeast Asia,” Najib (picture) said in his posting “Preserving our safety by cutting crime and boosting PDRM performance” on the www.1Malaysia.com.my blog.
However, he said, there is never room for complacency in this area, even though there would always be a minority who selfishly broke the rules of society for their own gain.
He said the government kept up the momentum through the Crime Busting National Key Result Area (NKRA) which set several specific targets to reduce crime and improve the police performance.
“For instance, vehicle theft, which is the most common crime, was singled out and tackled by more frequently patrolling housing areas, parked cars and motorbikes as well as enforcement against illegal workshops that contribute to vehicle theft,” he said.
Fortunately, he said Malaysia was spared from catastrophic crime, attributed mainly to the efficiency of the police’s counter-terrorism team.
Najib said according to the NKRA annual report between 2006-2009, a lot of progress had been made in reducing street crime through the expansion of the Omnipresence and Safe City Programmes by hiring and deploying more personnel on the streets as well as upgrading and installing infrastructure.
“We now have over three million RELA volunteers working around the clock to keep our cities safe.
“The police are also coming out to engage with local people and holding roundtables with NGOs, such as the Malaysia Crime Prevention Foundation.
“Within the force, the Balai League Table continues motivating officers to deliver quality performance consistently to better serve Malaysians,” he said.
Najib said police stations and local authority hotspots were equipped with Safe City Monitoring Systems to keep an eye on crime while over 8,000 enhanced lighting posts, 1,300 safety mirrors and 100km of railings and curbs had been installed nationwide.
This resulted in significant drops in street crime (39.7 per cent) and the crime index (11.1 per cent) as well as over 8,000 confiscations and arrests through various National Operations, he said, adding that 23 per cent of those arrests were brought to trial, overachieving the 2011 target.
Najib said although public perception of police performance and service had generally improved, the government acknowledged the common belief that crime was still prevalent and endeavoured to listen and attend to people’s concerns. — Bernama