The Opposition brushed off comments by former Malacca Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Rustam, who allegedly blamed them for the fatal shootings recently.
Ali Rustam said the Opposition's calls for the Emergency Ordinance (EO) to be repealed had resulted in a high number of shooting cases recently, as criminals were now free to roam the streets.
DAP national political education director Liew Chin Tong called Ali Rustam's accusation absurd.
"He might as well have blamed the Prime Minister. Datuk Seri Najib Razak was the one who decided to do away with the law.”
Liew insisted that the EO – which allows preventive detention – was not the cause of the recent cases.
"The problem is the uneven distribution within the police force. Half of police personnel are in administrative positions and only a few remain in the Criminal Investigation Department.
"The 2,000-odd investigation officers (IO) have too much workload and as such, we don't have an effective forensic support."
International best practices, Liew said, maintained that each IO only handles five to six cases per month.
Meanwhile, PAS deputy president Mohamad Sabu called Ali Rustam's comments “insane”, pointing out that Pakatan Rakyat could also blame the police.
"He seems to have forgotten who killed Altantuya. Police... so why would he say such things when he knows that crimes are committed by all kinds of people and not because the EO was repealed.”
Mat Sabu asserted that the integrity of the police in handling the recent cases was questionable, pointing out that the shooting of MyWatch president R. Sri Sanjeevan had happened because the victim was about to reveal the name of a policeman who was allegedly involved with a drug gang.
"This is why it is imperative to set up an independent investigative body to monitor crime cases. This body should not have a vested interest in the police force," said Mat Sabu.
Home Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said the ministry will propose to set up a Cabinet committee to help police handle such cases.
He said ex-convicts have been responsible for 90% of violent crimes recently as they were out to seek revenge on those who had put them behind bars.
Crime watchdog chairman Sanjeevan was shot last Saturday at 3.40pm by two unidentified men at an intersection in Taman Cempaka, Bahau, Negeri Sembilan.
Sanjeevan was driving a BMW with a friend heading towards Bahau town for a drink when he was shot in the chest. Before the incident, he had lodged a report about threats made on his life.
Two days later, Arab Malaysian Banking Group founder Hussain Ahmad Najadi, 75, was shot dead and his 49-year-old wife seriously injured.
A gunman shot the couple at close range as they emerged from the Kuan Yin Temple in Lorong Ceylon, Kuala Lumpur. - August 1, 2013