Hishammuddin blames demonization of police for high crime rate – as outrageous as his keris-wielding in the past

Home Minister, Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein’s blaming of the country’s high crime rate on the demonization of institutions such as the police is as outrageous as his keris-wielding before the 2008 general election as Umno Youth leader.

This is Malaysian Insider’s report on Hishammuddin’s speech in Parliament yesterday in the winding-up of his Ministry during the 2010 Budget debate:

Hishammuddin: Demonisation of police main cause of high crime rate

By Shazwan Mustafa Kamal

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 12 — Home Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein blamed the country’s high crime rate on the demonisation of institutions such as the police.

He said this in Parliament yesterday evening, immediately drawing stinging criticisms from members of the Opposition.

“Institutions such as the police force are made to be seen as irresponsible, as bad when they are also at the same time just trying to do their jobs. Besides PDRM, the delay in the various trials and judging process is also one of the factors for the escalation of the nation’s crime rate,” said Hishammuddin.

He said one of the ways to deal with the matter is to speed up the legal process.

He also identified four major states in the country as havens for criminal activities — Penang, Selangor, the Federal Territory and Johor. However, he said that the crime wave in Selangor and the Federal Territory has gone down drastically due to measures taken by the ministry as well as the police.

Among these measures are the increase in police presence and surveillance in 50 identified hot spots (crime-riddled areas). This has apparently been effective in minimising the number of criminal cases.

Petaling Jaya Utara MP Tony Pua hit out at this plan, saying that while crime in the hot spots had indeed decreased, the crime wave in the other “peaceful” areas in the country had in effect increased as police officers from these stations were relocated to help assist those in the hot spot areas.

The government also plans to install CCTV cameras in several areas..

“Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) plans to install an additional 100 CCTV cameras to the existing 82 units in Kuala Lumpur by the year 2010. A total of 496 units will be installed by the Local Government Ministry (JKT) in all the states in Peninsular Malaysia,” stated the Home Minister.

The police will also be given RM90 million to upgrade facilities and police stations throughout the country.

DAP secretary-general Lim Kit Siang lashed out at Hishammuddin for failing to provide a complete sense of security to the public.

“In the Home Ministry website there is an online poll which states 90 per cent of visitors to the site do not feel safe at all with regards to the crime rate in Malaysia.

“No one wants to politicise people’s safety. We need to admit that this country’s crime problem is serious,” said Lim.

  1. #1 by k1980 on Thursday, 12 November 2009 - 3:58 pm

    So on the contrary, if the rakyat start praising the PDRM to the skies, will Hissmuddin guarantee that the crime rate will fall? Beware the hissing of the snake.

  2. #2 by OrangRojak on Thursday, 12 November 2009 - 4:05 pm

    No, wait! It does make a kind of sense. They already own the media, now if only LKS and the moribund civil society can stop whining, no Malaysian need ever fear crime again. Think about it – we would just never hear of it, so it would be just like it didn’t actually exist. Then the authorities could deal with real instances of crime by paying a little money to victims and their friends and families to keep them quiet. If they refuse, then lock them up for “showing Malaysia in a bad light”. It’s always easier to lock up victims and protesters than it is actual criminals, because they don’t try to evade the law.

    It’s brilliant really.

    Don’t you think?

  3. #3 by k1980 on Thursday, 12 November 2009 - 4:14 pm

    So we need to stop blaming macc for TBH’s death. Instead we must praise macc for giving a stag party for the late TBH who in turn was so happy that he leapt into the air and fell 14 floors below. And the macc was so thoughtful that they did not require TBH to pay for the party, as he had only RM3,000 in his bank account. Those bleedin’ sons of bitches…

  4. #4 by Bigjoe on Thursday, 12 November 2009 - 5:19 pm

    Don’t mean to side track this thread but you get a real sense that the Cabinet Ministers from Hissamuddin, Nazri, KTK, Rais, etc. when under pressure and not able to come up with good answer, the modus operandi is ‘Anyhow Hentam..Lah’..

    In other words, there is a sense that so long as they just say something, even the worst crap, they will still be OK. They don’t seem to worry that the opposition is making zingers after zingers at them believing that somehow it won’t matter much. They are betting that so long as things are not disasters, they will live to fight another day and get lucky somehow..

    In other words, PR is making grounds bit by bit against them but BN believes its small and slow. Eventually all these zingers are going to matter but the fact the BNers are not panicking tells us that they are literally numb at the attacks on them..

    What is encouraging is this, if so many of them don’t know what to do, eventually all eyes will look to Najib for the solution – then it will get interesting because Najib will surely fail them. He is a screw up when chips are down. Najib himself is lost at what to do because he all his plans keep falling apart.

    I say that if this continues, Najib will have to act on something truly desperate – e.g. using the crookest means to topple Selangor or something equally desperate. Its in his history.

    PR have to watch its back over the next year or so because this fellow will sink to any low..Now it the time to be vigillant and keep an eye on Najib’s agents…

  5. #5 by monsterball on Thursday, 12 November 2009 - 5:35 pm

    hahahahahahaha…Accusing the police not doing their jobs increases crime rates.
    Slow court case… also increases crime rates.
    I tell you….he is a NUT!!

  6. #7 by Jeffrey on Thursday, 12 November 2009 - 5:52 pm

    One would have thought that high crime rate (“the cause”) is reason for public demonisation of police (“the effect”) and not the other way around as what Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein says, ie that public demonisation of police is cause of high crime rate. Is he getting his cause and effect mixed up, which shows abdication of responsibility to motivate the police to rectify their shortcoming and perform?

    Hishammuddin defends the police. Rightly or wrongly his defence probably proceeds on this basis:

    First, he implies that the high crime rate may be attributable to other factors such as the worsening economic situation, rural urban drift, influx of foreigners, income disparity which overwhelm and render insignificant police shortcomings (eg. inadequate manpower, corruption, poor work ethics and attitude of its rank and file), even if acknowledged, as a cause, direct or indirect, of the high crime rate.

    Once Hishammuddin separates the factor of inefficiency/laches of the police force from being a root cause or the major contributory cause of our burgeoning crime incidences – that he argues is caused more by other socio-economic factors rather than police work – he proceeds next to contend that demonisation of police will cause demoralization of the police thereby causing their rank and file to have less commitment to carry out their public duty of crime prevention, detection and apprehension. So, in this sense, demonisation of police has become a cause (not an effect) of their slacking or dereliction of duty that contributes to high crime rate….

    The problem of such an argument on Hishammuddin’s part is that it does not escape implicitly conceding that police inefficiency/dereliction of duty does have a bearing on the crime rate….

    [So if that’s the case, it may now be asked back, why should not police dereliction of duty/inefficiency be blamed as the first cause of high crime rate thereby justifying public demonisation rather than twisting it the other way around to say, as he did, that public demonisation is the cause of high crime rate?]

    That’s where he will say further that whether something is a cause or effect is relative – and that the very alleged cause (police inefficiency) of an effect (high crime rate) is the effect of a preceding cause (ie public demonisation causing demoralization and inefficiency of the police force).

    Which is why this kind of argument can proceed to ad infinitum and is basically useless and fruitless for Opposition to rationalize or engage in unproductive rebuttals of what he said that lead to nowhere conclusive.

  7. #8 by ekompute on Thursday, 12 November 2009 - 6:06 pm

    “Hishammuddin blames demonization of police for high crime rate – as outrageous as his keris-wielding in the past.”

    In Malaysia, you don’t need to have brains to be a Minister. All you need is a father who was a prime minister.

  8. #9 by Thor on Thursday, 12 November 2009 - 6:35 pm

    This fellow is really damn sickening!
    Either he has a very low IQ or he’s very, very sick.

  9. #10 by tenaciousB on Thursday, 12 November 2009 - 6:42 pm

    Yes, in malaysia you don’t even need a basic education to become a politician. These ningkapoop’s are hopeless when foreign delegates come for a visit. Such humiliation for the nation.

    Yep, keep building tall skyscrapers, formula 1 circuits, send monkeys to space and buy billion dollar submarines but the basic maturity and intelligence of the ministers are as a good as the ‘otak udang’. LOL i pity the fools.

  10. #11 by OrangRojak on Thursday, 12 November 2009 - 6:57 pm

    latest claim
    Ooh you tease! I saw it, and then it was gone.

  11. #12 by k1980 on Thursday, 12 November 2009 - 9:19 pm

  12. #13 by Loh on Thursday, 12 November 2009 - 9:38 pm

    ///Home Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein blamed the country’s high crime rate on the demonisation of institutions such as the police.///

    The police was demonised because it was inefficient, non-professional, and perhaps corrupted.

    The high crime rate is because the police was inefficient, non-professional and perhaps corrupted.

    So the demonised police is the caused of high crime rate, but the high crime rate was not caused by people pointing fingers at the police.

  13. #14 by OrangRojak on Thursday, 12 November 2009 - 10:42 pm

    RM50K/month is not bad…
    I saved the page when I saw it earlier, was thinking of posting it here, but I see steadyaku47 has it on his blog.

    I wonder whether we’ll ever see the truth behind her killing. I see RPK’s regulars have spotted the duplicate cheque number on the article you linked above.

  14. #15 by House Victim on Thursday, 12 November 2009 - 11:42 pm

    #6 by Jeffrey on Thursday, 12 November 2009 – 5:52 pm
    “One would have thought that high crime rate (“the cause”) is reason for public demonisation of police (“the effect”) and not the other way around as what Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein says,”

    He must be a yogi in his “head stand” all the time!!

  15. #16 by House Victim on Thursday, 12 November 2009 - 11:59 pm

    Does anyone has the email address of Hishammuddin Hussein?
    Let’s send him all those “unturned” Police Report to him and see how many “devils” are in the Police – being paid and not working!!
    Same for cases “manipulated” by AG!!

    People are Demonized because of Greediness and so, Corruption!!

    Any Malaysian can tell! Why not the Home Minister??
    Is he a Malaysian?

  16. #17 by johnnypok on Friday, 13 November 2009 - 12:03 am

    It proves that he is indeed a retarded HP6 idiot who should be sent to Tg Rambutan immediately.

  17. #18 by OrangRojak on Friday, 13 November 2009 - 12:07 am

    Does anyone has the email address of Hishammuddin Hussein?
    Ask and ye shall receive!
    It’s on his facebook page:

    …or was that a rhetorical question?

  18. #19 by tenaciousB on Friday, 13 November 2009 - 12:59 am


    Wow, the things we don’t know. This could cost Najib his presidency. The end of his genealogy. finally all who do evil will bear the brunt. I wonder if Rosmah’s susuk is pissing in its pants. LOL

  19. #20 by ENDANGERED HORNBILL on Friday, 13 November 2009 - 2:57 am

    The sub-mediocrity of Keris-din is now firmly established. Henceforth, no one shud expect this schoolboy-mentality to churn out any great ideas or policies.

    Dont expect, so u wont b disappointed. This is why with the sub-mediocrity bunch in UMNO, Malaysa will remain in the dumps come 2020 and beyond unless next GE there is a change of government.

  20. #21 by ENDANGERED HORNBILL on Friday, 13 November 2009 - 3:02 am

    I wonder why Susilo Bamabang and Hu Jin Tao even bother to meet with Najib? Isn’t it embarassing if they ask…hey, this Alatantuya is for real ah? or is it just cock and bull story?

    Susilo may then ask…who is cock? or whose cock?
    And Hu Jin Tao may say…which bull went on a cock-spree

  21. #22 by monsterball on Friday, 13 November 2009 - 3:13 am

    Do not mix up with foreign country diplomatic ties and policies..with our local for or against the government commitments.

  22. #23 by joehancl on Friday, 13 November 2009 - 7:57 am

    Kerismudin should get into his thick head that all good people wish and pray for is crime rate should be zero. He should also get through his thick head that the crime rate has risen and at a pace too fast for a good life for the population.

  23. #24 by tenaciousB on Friday, 13 November 2009 - 8:00 am

    First of all the way UMNO elects their presidents are undemocratic, it’s based on cronyism. If it were proper democratic voting, you won’t see any of these common faces such as Najis, Hisapmuddin.

    let’s hope these people are sacked for good and BN toppled in the 13th GE.

  24. #25 by tenaciousB on Friday, 13 November 2009 - 8:22 am

    BN is abusing the taxpapers money for the next 3 years to garner votes for its return of power in all states that it lost to the opposition.

    Maybe we should stop paying taxes to this imbecile government. Morons!

  25. #26 by k1980 on Friday, 13 November 2009 - 8:22 am

    Oh almighty God— and they are still ‘poor’ and need the NEP!!

    Fauziah is seeking:

    1. Compensation for three months waiting period after divorce at RM20,000 a month for three months, totalling RM60,000.

    2. Maintenance arrears at RM10,000 a month, totalling RM600,000.

    3. A return of her money for the payment for her Mercedes Benz SLK that Kadar had stopped paying for, costing RM250,000.

    4. A return of money made in 2003 under a loan agreement totalling RM1.8 million.

    5. A lump sum Mutaah (alimony) of RM5 million.

    6. Shares at Bredeno Shaw Sdn Bhd held by Kadar Shah that Fauziah seeks to be declared as matrimonial property worth RM1.5 million.

    7. A condominium unit in Genting Highlands.

    8. A house in Shah Alam.

    9. An apartment in Hawaii.

    10. An apartment in California; and

    11. Four cars — a Mercedes-Benz, a Porsche, a Ferrari and a Range Rover.


  26. #27 by tenaciousB on Friday, 13 November 2009 - 8:30 am

    The opposition democratically obtained the 5 states and BN is busy hijacking them?

    The people should chase these clowns out of their towns when they come over and give their lectures. For example, the DPM has got no right to override Kedah’s speaker’s decision to penalise abu hassan(who has been a delinquent for the past two sittings) to return to parliament. Sheer arrogance from an incompetent bunch of people self voted to power. Jokers!

  27. #28 by undertaker888 on Friday, 13 November 2009 - 9:01 am

    His-shame-mud-in talks like a clown, dresses like a clown, looks like a clown and basically a clown.

    Empty vessel on the head and once a while will pull an act like keris-wielding to rejuvenate his ego.

  28. #29 by undertaker888 on Friday, 13 November 2009 - 9:27 am

    whoooiii!! This NEP-Assisted Zombie Ridiculously Incompetent(nazri) clown is even worse.

    Knows next to nothing about law but still want to show-off in parliament. I guess for umno, if you can talk loud, talk cr@p, and pull a monkey act once a while to please the warlords, the minister’s post is yours to take.

    Well it is end of the week. Top 3 clowns of the Week goes to:

    3: MACC
    2: His-shame-mud-in (Demonisation of police main cause of high crime rate)
    1: Nazri (Lingam Guilty?)

  29. #30 by TheWrathOfGrapes on Friday, 13 November 2009 - 9:38 am

    /// #13 by Loh on Thursday, 12 November 2009 – 9:38 pm

    The police was demonised because it was inefficient, non-professional, and perhaps corrupted.

    The high crime rate is because the police was inefficient, non-professional and perhaps corrupted. ///

    Good point Loh. I think the absurdity of His-Sham’s claim and logic can be seen better if phrase this way.

    Inefficiency, non-professionalism & corruption (A) –> demonisation (B)

    Inefficiency, non-professionalism & corruption (A) –> high crime rate (C)

    Therefore, according to His-Sham, B caused (C).

    Now, lets adopt his logic for the following cases:

    Engaging in unprotected sex (D) –> becoming pregnant (E)

    Engaging in unprotected sex (D) –> getting AIDS (F)

    Hence, according to the wisdom of His-Sham, becoming pregnant will result in getting AIDS.

  30. #31 by Godfather on Friday, 13 November 2009 - 10:05 am

    The police are excellent in 1. Directing traffic 2. Stopping peaceful gatherings 3. Setting up roadblocks wherever they feel like doing so 4. Escorting royalty and ministers 5. Keeping the peace at state assemblies by keeping out the rightful lesgislators.

    They are hopeless in everything else. Kerismuddin knows this. So the police KPI is measured against all the good things listed above.

  31. #32 by tenaciousB on Friday, 13 November 2009 - 1:17 pm

    The police have been made BN’s hounddawgs.They respond to to papa bears command. How can crime rates be sorted in the country when BN is busy rechanneling the tax payers money in bribing the nation to support it’s continuing inhabitation of this country.

    50million here, 1 billion there, 12 billion profit from scandals, howla? think about it, we may have snatch thieves, but when the government robs you of your money? what do u call that?

  32. #33 by undertaker888 on Friday, 13 November 2009 - 1:21 pm

    ///> China Press reported that two high-ranking police officers and seven professionals were arrested during a drug party at a home in Ampang on Monday.

    The police officers were reported to be from Bukit Aman and the Puchong district police station.

    They were busted at about 10pm at a condominium unit where drugs like ganja and Ecstasy were found. The suspects, seven males and a female, are aged between 20 and 40.

    The daily reported that police were investigating the source of the drugs and if sexual activities had taken place at the party.//the Star today hidden under Gynae..article

    His-shame-mud-in, you read this or not? Who demonised who now? Maybe after being demonised by the rakyat, they felt bad and needed ganja and s3x to feel good.

    Nazri, the police officers guilty or not guilty?
    Maybe not. There is no law to charge police officers for inhaling smoke.

  33. #34 by taiking on Friday, 13 November 2009 - 1:35 pm

    dee dum dee dum dee dum
    where has my last comment gone?
    well with the angkasawan
    i suppose.

  34. #35 by tenaciousB on Friday, 13 November 2009 - 2:06 pm

    speaking of the angkasawan, we funded his million dollar space trip. What a lucky su# of a B****.

  35. #36 by Cinapek on Friday, 13 November 2009 - 6:25 pm

    The PDRM is doing a great job demonizing themselves without any help from anyone.

    Just go to the Taman Perling police station and see the number of large 14 wheeler trucks parked on Persisiran Perling right in front of the police station. It is a no parking zone and the trucks are a traffic hazard as they are forcing vehicles to move into the fast lane. Sooner or later a tragic accident is bound to happen. This blatant violation of the law is occuring right in front of the police and all of them has to be either blind or their eyes blinded by other reasons not to see the danger.

  36. #37 by House Victim on Saturday, 14 November 2009 - 6:33 am

    #18 by OrangRojak on Friday, 13 November 2009 – 12:07 am

    Is Police and AG under his Jurisdiction?

  37. #38 by HJ Angus on Sunday, 15 November 2009 - 9:01 pm

    The basic reason for the high crime rate is that most laws are not enforced on a continuous and consistent basis. It is usually done on an ad hoc basis on who is available for the camera shoot.
    Just see how the DPM blatantly flouts the traffic rules.

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