Parliamentary caucus hearings – restore to Malaysians freedom from crime and fear of crime

The Parliamentary Caucus on Human Rights and Good Governance’s first public hearing on “Fight Rising Crime” in Johor Baru at Tropical Inn on Sunday at 2.30 pm is part of a national campaign to restore to Malaysians their most important human rights in any civilized society — to be free from crime and the fear of crime.

Many Malaysians, particularly in Johor Baru, have lost these twin fundamental human rights.

In Johor Baru last night, I am reminded of Sandakan and Tawau in Sabah, where people stay at home at night in fear of their personal safety and their loved ones if they come out into the streets and public places. In fact, even in the privacy of their homes, they do not feel safe from robbers and criminals!

Is Johor Baru going the way of the Sandakan and Tawau? In fact, I have been told by some Sabahans in Johor Baru that the Johore capital has become worse than Sandakan and Tawau.

This of course can be debated, but what is undeniable is that there is a prevalent atmosphere of fear of personal safety, whether of oneself or of loved ones, whether in the streets, public places or privacy of the homes in Johor Baru which must be regarded as the worst in Peninsular Malaysia.

It is no exaggeration to describe Johor Baru as a capital of crime in Malaysia, with 70 per cent of the crime index in Johore state coming from JB.

This is one of the most intolerable aspects of the country’s development on the occasion of the nation’s 50th Merdeka anniversary, and all concerned, whether the government, police, political parties, civic bodies, non-government organsiations and Malaysians citizens must come together to end this disgraceful aspect of Malaysian life.

Johor Baru had set a great example of this civic awakening in the very successful mass signature campaign launched by the Johor Baru Chinese Chung Hwa Association.

In Johor Baru, which has suffered for so long under rampant crime and lawlessness, there is a belated government and police awareness of the problem as a result of a spate of brutal crimes and public outcry not only in JB but nation-wide at the loss of police control of the crime situation — with the deployment of more cops, patrol cars and greater police visibility publicly.

But public confidence has still to be fully restored — as there is widespread skepticism whether there is the full police commitment and political will to have a sustained campaign to restore to JB and all parts of Malaysia the safety and security all citizens, visitors, tourists and investors are entitled to enjoy in keeping with a civilized and ordered society.

Are the police efforts so far adequate? What more should be done? The Parliamentary Caucus of Human Rights and Good Governance, which is chaired by the Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz, has decided on a first series of three public hearings in JB on 8th July, Petaling Jaya on 11th July and Bukit Mertajam on 15th July, where the public can speak up to voice their experience, concerns, fears and hopes so that there is again a “safe JB”: and “safe Malaysia” as in the early decades of nationhood.

It would be most meaningful if the 50th Merdeka anniversary celebrations this year is informed and motivated by a national resolution to restore to JB, Johore and Malaysia the reputation of a safe destination whether for residents, tourists or investors.

The Parliamentary Caucus hopes that the first public hearing in JB can be a successful start to give birth to a sustained parliamentary effort to create a “safe JB” and “safe Malaysia”. The focus of the public hearing is not just the crime situation in JB but the whole state of Johore.

Let this be a people-centred, people-motivated and people-empowered event, with all citizens, whether political parties, civic organizations or NGOs, helping to spread the word about the public hearing, whether by word of mouth or SMS so that we can all feel safe and secure in our own homeland and home — able to be free from crime and the fear of crime when out in the streets, public places or in the privacy of our homes.

Earlier this morning, MP for Batu Gajah Fong Po Kuan and I met the Johore Chief Police Officer, Datuk Hussein Ismail and other top Johore state police officers, and when I raised the concerns of the people, he assured that the Police is commtted to a long-term sustained mission to fight and control crime in Johor Baru and Johore and is not just engaged in a short-term PR exercise.

He said there would be an increase of another 800 new cops to the addition of 400, making an total new complement of 1,200 new cops by August/September. He said the police has now a hotline 07-2212999 which is manned by multi-lingual staff.

(Media Conference Statement at Tropical Inn, Johor Baru on Wednesday, 4th July 2007 at 10.30 am)

  1. #1 by smeagroo on Wednesday, 4 July 2007 - 6:27 pm

    How to be free of crime and no more fear of crimes when the most damning allegations was made against our IGP.

  2. #2 by Winston on Wednesday, 4 July 2007 - 7:54 pm

    Uncle Lim, before there’s any improvement in the crime situation, more policemen must be recruited to do the job.
    I understand that the government has been talking about recruiting sixty thousand new policemen some time ago. So far, how many have they recruited?
    This is the crux of the matter. Without adequate officers, it’s just a matter of moving the existing staff around instead of having sufficient numbers on the ground in all the crime hot spots.

  3. #3 by smeagroo on Wednesday, 4 July 2007 - 9:16 pm

    Recruit more??? And we hv to feed more thru our taxes directly and indirectly thru bribes?

    B4 they can even start any recruitment, they better sort out their backyard. Else even MBA and PHD students will turn into junks!

  4. #4 by undergrad2 on Wednesday, 4 July 2007 - 9:30 pm

    No one is ever free from crime nor fear of crime. It should read: “Restore law and order and the rule of law”.

  5. #5 by Libra2 on Wednesday, 4 July 2007 - 9:41 pm

    The crime busters have to be busted first. Then we talk about crime-free Johor, crime-free Malaysia.

  6. #6 by dawsheng on Wednesday, 4 July 2007 - 9:55 pm

    Still a long way to go before Singporeans come back and spend in Johor Bahru. Still a long way to go.

  7. #7 by pwcheng on Wednesday, 4 July 2007 - 11:13 pm

    Our police is akin to “Harap pagar, pagar makan padi”

  8. #8 by oster on Wednesday, 4 July 2007 - 11:22 pm

    Why do they need to hold hearings in a hotel.

    As far as I know, I’ve never seen a US congressional or senate hearing in a private property. And this also shows the weakness of a central law enforcement force: It’s administrators cannot operate on public property outside the federal capitol.

    I say we devolve law enforcement to the states and have one larger federal body as well. This will then institute a small system of checks and balances.


  9. #9 by HJ Angus on Wednesday, 4 July 2007 - 11:39 pm

    We do have government facilities that can be used but then less moolah will be available.

    In fact it would give a better impression if the JB City Council office is used for this public hearing.
    Or if the room is too small use the state assembly hall.

  10. #10 by slee_7 on Thursday, 5 July 2007 - 1:08 am

    I think is high time for DAP to bring up the topic on services maintenance. I think most of the time went a certain company get their contract they forget about the maintenance….this is where BN is very week in this area…Just look at the Johor drain they are fill with grass,mud,sand & rubbish…Went there is a problem like the recent flood in johor they point the fingers at the rakyat…i think they should point the finger at themself cause they created problem….Just take a look….Went you contruct a drain the drain need to be 1 higher than another but over in Johor the drain is all level & that why you never see the drain in Johor at no water..if you look at kl & pj you will see the drain outside your house no water at all…why ?Another, things is that Gangster……It seems that gangster are only caught by EO not ISA ? Why not ISA ? I taught Gangster money are from black money…So what the different between black money & terriost money ? same what…so that why we got Anti Money Laundering…..Does it involve in National Security ? I know that most of the Gangster are only caught under EO and they are realease after 3 years…is the police too soft about just 3 year ? I think they should increase it to 20 years inprison…..what do you think?

  11. #11 by Godfather on Thursday, 5 July 2007 - 10:14 am

    Bodohland is one big commercial enterprise. The police are so busy making money for themselves, they have little interest in petty crimes like snatch thefts, robberies and break-ins. Unfortunately for them, the criminals (who are not the police’s partners) got bolder and the crimes got elevated to more serious ones like rape and murder.

    What UMNO wants is for us to yell for more policemen and policewomen. Let’s hire another 50 thousand or 100 thousand cops to patrol the streets. Why not ? UMNO will have another 50,000 or 100,000 guaranteed votes.

    And the circus goes on and on. It’s called a “win-win” situation.

  12. #12 by k1980 on Friday, 6 July 2007 - 9:08 am

    Ke mana wang tersebut? Mereka guna untuk apa? Rakyat perlu tahu kerana RM14 juta diluluskan kepada syarikat bermodal RM2 …Jika Terengganu digelar Darul Iman, Kedah dikenali sebagai Darul Aman, maka Sabah bukan lagi negeri di bawah bayu, sebaliknya mendapat gelaran baru ‘Sabah Musa Aman’!

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