Hamid should do his homework as Home Minister by reading/digesting 2005 Royal Police Commission Report

I am very disappointed by the Home Minister, Datuk Seri Syed Hamid Albar’s response to complaints by Taiwanese investors about the serious crime situation in the country which affects investment confidence.

In fact, this is not just the concern of Taiwanese investors but all foreign and local investors as well as ordinary Malaysians and visitors, as crime in Malaysia has become one of the biggest problems in Malaysia – with the exception of the Home Minister.

In fact, the problem of rising crime index has been a staple subject of DAP MPs in Parliament in the last two Parliaments.

I just cannot imagine how Hamid could be so unresponsive and irresponsible as to dismiss the Taiwanese investors’ complaints about the crime situation in Malaysia, claiming that the law-and-order situation in Malaysia has not reached a “red danger alert”.

Let me advise Hamid to do his homework by first reading and digesting the 2005 Royal Police Commission Report, or he would not have committed another faux pax like his earlier ridiculous statement that the Sin Chew senior reporter Tan Hoon Ching was arrested under the Internal Security Act for her own protection and safety!

When Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi became Prime Minister in October 2003, the crime situation was already out of control which was why one of his first reform promises and measures which won him all-round plaudits and support among Malaysians was the establishment of the Royal Police Commission to reduce crime to restore to Malaysians their twin fundamental rights to be free from crime and the fear of crime, whether in the streets, public places or the privacy of their homes.

The Royal Police Commission in its May 2005 Report had referred to the “alarming” and “dramatic increase” in the crime index from 121,176 cases in 1997 to 156,455 cases in 2004, an increase of 29 per cent in eight years, and recommended a reduction by 20% in the crime index in the first 12 months.

In actual fact, the reverse took place. In the past four years, the crime index had worsened from 156,315 cases in 2003 to 224,298 cases in 2007 – a sharp rise of some 45% when it should have gone down as recommended by the Royal Police Commission which proposed a 20% drop in the crime index in the first 12 months of its report.

For the first time in the nation’s 50-year history, the crime index last year crashed through the 200,000 psychological barrier. Women in Malaysia are now more unsafe today than four years ago – as the incidence of rape had more than doubled from a daily average of four women in 2003 to 8.5 women last year!

Has Hamid forgotten the Barisan Nasional’s 2008 general election manifesto where it promised: “Bring down the country’s crime index”.

What has Hamid as Home Minister done in the past seven months to fulfil the BN 2008 manifesto to “Improve the level of personal safety for every individual”?

Hamid has nothing to show as Malaysia today is even more unsafe to its citizens, visitors, tourists and investors because of endemic crime as compared to the start of the Abdullah premiership in 2003 or even just March this year.

Has Hamid forgotten the spate of crime in the country like the robbery-cum-murder of Thor Joo Lee, wife of former Penang State Assemblyman for Bukit Tambun, Lai Chew Hock at her Tambun Indah house in Penang and the robbery of Datin Chang Lee Lee, wife of former Penang Exco and Pulau Tikus Assemblyman Datuk Dr. Teng Hock Nan in her Jalan Tunku Abdul Rahman house in Penang among other outrages?

Malaysians are paying a terrible cost in terms of the personal safety of its citizens, tourists and investors and the nation’s investment climate because of the unchecked rising crime index and lack of leadership and commitment to declare an all-out-war against crime whether by the Home Minister or the Inspector-General of Police.

In fact, it is no exaggeration to say that crime in Malaysia has become so endemic as to scare away tourists and investors precisely because the most important recommendation of the Police Royal Commission to establish the Independent Police Complaints and Misconduct Commission (IPCMC) to create an efficient, professional and world-class police service to keep crime low in the country had not been implemented or heeded.

Is Hamd prepared to support the establishment of a full-fledged IPCMC and not a tooth-less and clawless Special Complaints Commission (SCC) which is a mockery of the Royal Police Commission’s IPCMC proposal, as there will be police representatives on the SCC!

[Media Conference Statement (2) in Parliament on Tuesday, 21st October 2008]

  1. #1 by Emily Pratt on Tuesday, 21 October 2008 - 12:39 pm

    During the 2003 Iraqi Invasion Operation, we have the joker Mohammed Saeed al-Sahhaf, aka Comical Ali giving stupid commentary/propoganda all along.

    In Malaysia 2008… we present to you similar personality aka Botak Clown Hamid.

  2. #2 by ahkok1982 on Tuesday, 21 October 2008 - 1:11 pm

    What??? The crime rates have not reached a “red danger alert” so he dont need to do anything about it?
    So please do define “red danger alert”. At what level would you raise the “red danger alert” alarm? Should it be when you need to implement martial law? when people need to adhere to curfews? when people cant even walk out alone at night (well, we cant really do that without some risk today)?
    What kind of bull is this? If we dont need to do anything now, then why is he in his Minister position? If nothing needs to be done, then there is no need for that post either right?
    Then just bloody quit!

  3. #3 by OCSunny on Tuesday, 21 October 2008 - 1:36 pm

    Hamid is not capable of being the Home minister. He has made too many silly comments and allowed the police to act in a most absurd manner involving ISA.

    Your comment, YB LKS, is yet another example of Hamid’s poor functioning of his grey matter. Is he a lawyer?

  4. #4 by helpless on Tuesday, 21 October 2008 - 1:55 pm

    The home minister came from same camp, a bunch of rotten apple.

  5. #5 by kftang on Tuesday, 21 October 2008 - 2:06 pm

    What is there more to say? Deny, deny and deny! Always having the ‘denial syndrome’. This is not the first time. It also won’t be the last time. He is not prepared to accept facts and figures and face stark reality on the present crime situation in the country. God bless him and the country!

  6. #6 by Yee Siew Wah on Tuesday, 21 October 2008 - 2:34 pm

    Here we go again, this arrogant, pea brain baldie toad do not know what he is talking. How on earth a person with such incredible “credentials” can run such an important ministry. Only in Bolehland can this thing happen. Just look at the number of innocent people arrested under ISA recently while those who committed crimes remain scottfree and happily doing their usual stuff.
    And look at the crimes happening in broad daylight everyday in the papers. And not to mentioned many went unreported because of inaction and inefficiency of guys who is supposed to protect the rakyat.
    Must be a real dumb clown to tell investers that everything is alright in bolehland.

  7. #7 by Godfather on Tuesday, 21 October 2008 - 2:47 pm

    We are closing the police beat bases because some locations are no longer safe for the policemen. You folks better understand that this is purely a preventive measure, and not an acknowledgement that the crime rate has gone through the roof. As yet, there is no crime….

  8. #8 by monsterball on Tuesday, 21 October 2008 - 2:49 pm

    What do you expect a good for nothing big mouth to say..when he have no solutions to the problems?
    Sure ….he has to say…did not reach.. “red danger alert” yet.
    What do you expect the biggest UMNO baboon minister to say??
    This reminds me of Subang Jaya…SS15…almost all shops burgled
    robberies….daily few cars motor bikes stolen..for years…nothing solved!!
    Fatso Hamid…..needs much more crime incidents…still…he will have reasons…saying..it is safe…comparing with worst.. countries…around us.
    Finding mountain of excuses…for failures and hiding their lousy managements….UMNO is the best.

  9. #9 by Emily Pratt on Tuesday, 21 October 2008 - 3:00 pm

    where got danger? We have not reach the situation like in Mombasa, Harare yet.

    Cool, no worries lar….

  10. #10 by izrafeil on Tuesday, 21 October 2008 - 3:07 pm

    u know why Uncle Lim they saying its not a threat….
    in my area ada sebuah unmarked proton perdana, always with two bodyguards on motorbikes (similar to those accompanying our PM and DPM – must be UTK guys) protecting the YANG BERHORMAT (not sure whether YB is yang berkhidmat), they have 24 hour round the clock protection, and in peak hours can simply put their siren so we small people ketepi so they can jalan …. always in peak hours….

  11. #11 by Barang Naik on Tuesday, 21 October 2008 - 3:10 pm

    This brainless minister always come out with a statement that will shock the world! eg: to detain a person is to protect his safety, to close down a police beat base at Jln Haji Taib due to unsafe & dirty and no action need to be taken due to the crime rate has not reached a red danger alert etc. This is totally ridiculous ! No wonder the head so bald because he always use the arse to think!

    And the winner of the 81st Oscar Annual Academy Award for the Best Comedian goes to ….. Bang Sai Hamit Botak Clown ! Applause ! Applause!

  12. #12 by chui lim on Tuesday, 21 October 2008 - 3:27 pm

    It is all very well for the Home Minister to dismiss compliants on the rate of crime increase as he has legions of the police force at his disposal anytime anywhere for his protection & those that matter to him. It would seem that the only time he is concerned for the “protection & safety” of ordinary folks like us is when he invokes the ISA !

  13. #13 by kwc on Tuesday, 21 October 2008 - 3:40 pm

    I wish that opposition could do something as well since they have won a few states and have control over it. It will not help anyone by just speaking of the problems. Everyone is aware of the increase in crime rate. Please suggest a workable solution and work it out!

  14. #14 by son of perpaduan on Tuesday, 21 October 2008 - 3:45 pm

    How can goverment protect investor even police totally fail to protect the malaysian. All goverment agencies is totally corrupted and a failure. Rape,killing,robing,snatching,drugs freely accessible are the obvious sign of corrupt goverment.

  15. #15 by son of perpaduan on Tuesday, 21 October 2008 - 3:48 pm

    Simply good in abusing ISA to the rightenous of truth voices.

  16. #16 by son of perpaduan on Tuesday, 21 October 2008 - 3:50 pm

    Protecting of one person at all cost in order to save the whole instituition is betraying the rakyat.

  17. #17 by Stephenlsa on Tuesday, 21 October 2008 - 3:52 pm

    Done blame home minister because he is very busy to find anyone use their mouth to talk somethings which make him scare and use ISA to catch them but have no time to think a way to catch the real threat to the country. Maybe a robber come to his house to steal his properties or hurt him, then he will know the knief and the gun are the real threat. Or maybe his ministry has no ideal to eliminate the crime , so he need to catch people simply to show that he has done his job well.

  18. #18 by clearwater on Tuesday, 21 October 2008 - 4:14 pm

    Crime may not have reached red danger alert status where the home minister lives but it has reached epidemic proportions in many parts of KL. Many of us do not bother to report petty crimes where there is no loss of important documents and no personal injury. The hassle of making an ineffective police report is not worth the trouble. Crime will get worse as the economy turns down and jobs are lost next year. Instead of doing something to prevent a crime wave, he is making bald excuses as usual. What a pea brain this guy is.

  19. #19 by wanderer on Tuesday, 21 October 2008 - 4:17 pm

    Hamid sole interest is to bring down dissent in the country, using ISA freely to lock up innocent citizens who happen not to share UMNO’s idealogy…and indifferent, to the growing crimes in the country. Perhaps, UMNO has chosen a perfect character in Hamid as HM, to protect the interests of UMNO and clinching on to power.
    A perfect clown who speaks before he thinks, deaf to the cries of insecurity by the rakyat.
    The call for reform by the PM is just hot air!

  20. #20 by max2811 on Tuesday, 21 October 2008 - 4:42 pm

    They closed a police beat base with the excuse that Chow Kit is too dangerous for them. Stupidity reigns again. Only in Msia..

  21. #21 by Mr Smith on Tuesday, 21 October 2008 - 4:50 pm

    Forgive me for being crude. Hamid can best be described with expletives like scum, idiot or moron. Everytime he open his mouth he speaks like one.
    Forget about tourists and investors. We the citizens live in real fear EVERYDAY of our lives. Does he realize how we pray for our children’s safety every hour of the day?
    Just ask any Tom, Dick and Harry you meet on the road and he will relate at least one instance of a crime against him or his family members or friends.
    This idiot is more concerned with arresting innocent political opponents under the ISA than reducing crime.
    How on earth this idiot was appointed Internal security Minister baffles me. When he can say the police fear thieves, how else would one describe him?

  22. #22 by Hue on Tuesday, 21 October 2008 - 4:51 pm

    When heads of crime syndicates have politicians and guardians of the law in their pockets what can you expect.

  23. #23 by baoqingtian on Tuesday, 21 October 2008 - 5:06 pm

    Our own home is like a jail nowadays! All openings fully grilled, backyard fenced up, cctvs and alarm systems fastened on walls, security guards on stand by, all doors and windows closed…..

    On top of that, we don’t dare to stay outside our house for more than a second for fear of being robbed, snatched, kidnapped, assaulted….

    The playground is empty most of the time, for children are forced to played in the house.

    And yet the Botak says Malaysia is a “pissful”

  24. #24 by bclee on Tuesday, 21 October 2008 - 5:37 pm

    look at how our minister respond at HardTalk BBC


    talk lies pretend to be very loyal to Bee N.

  25. #25 by riversandlakes on Tuesday, 21 October 2008 - 5:41 pm

    What do you expect from these losers la, Uncle Lim.

    Barang Naik is irrelevant.

  26. #26 by bclee on Tuesday, 21 October 2008 - 5:51 pm

  27. #27 by justiciary on Tuesday, 21 October 2008 - 5:54 pm

    As long as we are ruled by the corrupt,inept,lazy and greedy fellows,we just have to pray to God for our safety.There is nothing much the bunch of idiots can do.Basically they are only interested in gathering wealth,occupying high positions,getting superficial fame and honorific titles.They do not care a damn the well being of the people.No wonder we are gradually slipping and sliding down.Soon we will be one of the backward four of Asean.

  28. #28 by bclee on Tuesday, 21 October 2008 - 5:56 pm

    Botak lies all the way through the interview.

  29. #29 by bclee on Tuesday, 21 October 2008 - 6:02 pm

  30. #30 by lkc57 on Tuesday, 21 October 2008 - 6:02 pm

    Red Danger Alert – when this fatso is robbed! Definitely his skull is filled with mud!

  31. #31 by Godfather on Tuesday, 21 October 2008 - 6:44 pm

    Kidnapping is an industry in the Philippines – and a profitable one too. There, the police and the army join forces with the underground and target wealthy individuals. Apparently, just before they release a victim, they make him/her “recommend” five other potential victims. Now the wealthy in the Philippines send their kids to Hong Kong, Taiwan and Singapore. The wealthy have armed bodyguards which they need to rotate frequently for fear of complicity. They move around in cars with darkened windows.

    Now, let’s substitute the word “Philippines” in the paragraph above with “Bolehland”. Syed Botak, are you reading this ?

  32. #32 by katdog on Tuesday, 21 October 2008 - 6:54 pm

    Syed Hamid Albar is comparing us regionally against the likes of Philippines and Myanmar (except Singapore the odd one out of the region that is not ‘suitable’ for comparison). So yeah, to the UMNO men, we are doing pretty well…

  33. #33 by luking on Tuesday, 21 October 2008 - 6:55 pm

    the problem with him is,he has to read it upside down to understand it,that’s where the grey matter in him is.

  34. #34 by katdog on Tuesday, 21 October 2008 - 7:31 pm

    Syed Hamid Albar is a super thick skinned fool. He is just the convenient servant of some bigger ‘fish’. We should stop wasting our time attacking such a convenient and easy target. Same thing with the spineless puppet AAB who was played like a fool. Such convenient targets to be bashed.

    Maybe DAP would like to focus more on the bigger ‘fish’ that are wielding the real power in UMNO and pulling the strings in the background. People like Najib and Muhyiddin?

  35. #35 by lopez on Tuesday, 21 October 2008 - 8:58 pm

    what ever happen to the law and order enforcement machinery after demised of white south africa days?

    is there a parallel here , a dummy arrogant and pushy trying to move a mountain of …..reluctance to his or his clubeers ways.

  36. #36 by cinaindiamelayubersatu on Tuesday, 21 October 2008 - 11:10 pm

    si hamid dan orang orang yang serupa dengannya memang tidak tahu membaca angka. depa tu cakap ikut mulut tak melalui otak tak melalui hati. si bangka macam dia dapat sampai jadi menteri mesti sebab mengosok kasut bos dia yang pun serupa macam dia cuma rambut lebat sikit. entah apa lagi yang digosoknya. si bangka aka pak gadut paling tak guna di kalangan menteri. cakap terlanjur lanjur, kalau berani jadi ketua kepada ketua polis buka ofis kat chow kit. tunjuk telor jangan sorok jangan gantung…setiap kali dia bukak mulut terasa menyampah yampah (tengok sampah lagi bagus) meluat luat (tengok ulat lagi bagus). puiiii…..

  37. #37 by The Enforcer on Tuesday, 21 October 2008 - 11:49 pm

    Dare these GOONS to move around without their bodyguards!
    Am sure for every one step forward, they will have to look back once for fear of being the ‘Julius Ceasar’ of Malaysia!

  38. #38 by yhsiew on Wednesday, 22 October 2008 - 1:06 am

    Abdullah had picked the wrong person, who is more interested in persecuting opposition politicians than catching criminal offenders, to do the job of maintaining peace and order in the country!

  39. #39 by Kathy on Wednesday, 22 October 2008 - 6:37 am

    YHSiew, if we look on the flip side, AAB did pick the right person for the Home Minister position. Otherwise, how can AAB expose the weaknesses he knows of such mninisters to all Malaysians.

  40. #40 by 318 on Wednesday, 22 October 2008 - 8:03 am

    most of the ministers think that they are very smart actually they are all idiots that MAKAN GAJI DAN TAK TAHU BUAT KERJA PERGI BERAMBUSLAH

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