New IGP must seriously grapple with the new Malaysian phenomenon where crime index falls but Malaysians feel even more unsafe!

DAP Member of Parliament for Rasah and Negri Sembilan State Assemblyman for Lobak Anthony Loke, who is also DAPSY National chief, was the latest victim of crime when he was rudely awakened early this morning by five parang-wielding robbers who broke into his Seremban home and tied him up, along with his elderly parents.

The 4am incident took place after the robbers cut through the front door lock, and woke the occupants in the double-storey terrace house in Taman Yoon Chan, Seremban – hitherto quite crime-free but no more safe.

Recently, both the Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Razak and Home Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein had made great play about the successful NKRA on crime reduction, claiming that there have been a drastic drop in the crime rate with improvement of the crime index since January this year.

However, up and down the country, ordinary Malaysians do not feel this dividend of fall of crime index in their daily lives as they do not feel comparatively safer in the streets, public places or privacy of their homes as compared to previous years as highlighted by the terrible ordeal which Loke and his parents went through early this morning.

I call on the new Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Ismail Omar to seriously grapple with this new phenomenon in Malaysia where crime index falls but Malaysians feel even more unsafe in many areas.

I had invited public responses to the question: “Crime index down but do you feel safer?” on my twitter, facebook and blog, and the following are some of the responses:


  • Robbery on going in my housing area for the past few weeks. If we are safe, there won’t be any gated community.

  • KL, never felt more unsafe

  • Safe? Even Police are not pro-active when suspicious activity is being reported to them.

  • i dun feel safe. scary to see so many crimes still unsolved

  • definitely still not safe. My security committee had 2publicise tat dey caught a robber 2get funds4 guards

  • penang – 10 police doing roadblocks, hide behind trees, lanes in the dark – how2 be safe? when they ought to do more rounds

  • YB Uncle, nobody is safe if we don’t do anything. Our security are depending on Nepal guard. Is that the way make us safer?

  • No, sir, I definitely don’t feel safe walking/driving on our streets!

  • We are worse off. Can someone suggest that those security fee to guard our house be exempted from income tax?

  • sir, I’m sure u know the stats were manipulated. My cousin had accident, made police report but got scolded by police instead.

  • thanks and NO I do not feel safe walking in Brickfields as even at day time there are snatch thefts and at night there are parang gangs walking around. Have experienced both. Like in UK the Govt must put in place safer measures to fight crime, not only increase police n patrols( which has been done but no success ) but also “talking cameras” where victims can be warned off, the observers must respond if crime is to be reduced

  • Blog:

  • All of us will have to hire security guards from Indonesia. Give them more jobs! When police cannot protect you, you need to protect yourself, with guns.

  • Crime index has not come down. William Cheng commented in today’s Oriental Daily News that in order to create a false picture that crime index has come down, police refused to entertain victims who came forward to lodge reports. These poor victims were being “pushed” to go from one police station to another until they got tired and gave up lodging the report.

  • When the people complained about the high crime rate in the country not so long ago, the Govt. said it was a matter of perception. Now we are being told that the crime index has come down. Can we say that it is also a matter of perception? With more and more neighbourhood hiring security personnel to look after the safety of the residents, how can we say that the security situation has improved? Worse, we have also to contend with hordes of foreign criminals.

  • Facebook

  • of cos not! a auntie was just killed in a plotted robbery in front of her house early in the morning going to work recently at my kampung!

  • I feel cheaper… life is getting cheaper every time..just waiting for the day the robbers make their way into my life..sigh…

  • the highest crime ratio in SEA is really Malaysia. Robberies, rapes,murders almost happen every second..

    Where we have big robbers like Umnoputras robbing the country’s coffers, the small one also follow their big brothers’ footsteps..

Last Thursday, the new IGP unveiled his vision, the “4P” plan, for the police to deliver more efficient services to the public – proactive, protective, performance-oriented and people-oriented.

As a first step, he should prove this “4P” plan is meaningful to Malaysians, visitors, tourists and investors in ensuring a safer country to work, live and play where official announcements of falling crime index is greeted with public acclaim rather than public cynicism because there is no match between the fall in crime index as announced and the public feeling more safe from crime than before, whether for person or property.

  1. #1 by dcasey on Monday, 4 October 2010 - 6:14 pm

    It looks safe, it feels safe but it is not safe….(and in the background someone screaming correct, correct, correct).

  2. #2 by Bigjoe on Monday, 4 October 2010 - 6:17 pm

    Statistic from the police mean absolutely nothing. Period.

  3. #3 by k1980 on Monday, 4 October 2010 - 6:46 pm

    Jibbi’s method of reducing crime rate is by making bolehland a high income country, where the thieves and robbers are SO RICH that they wouldn’t be bothered to rob.

  4. #4 by habis on Monday, 4 October 2010 - 10:14 pm

    Crime Index down!!!BULSHIT with all the illegal immigrants flooding and running all over our country and that is why we need gated communities to feel a little safer.JUST LOOK AT OUR CORUPT IMMIGRATION OFFICERS!!!

  5. #5 by drngsc on Monday, 4 October 2010 - 10:30 pm

    Crime Index NKRA rate goes down, we all feel less safe. The country is full of crime, especially corruption, but no criminals are caught or jailed. How do we tell the government that we all feel unsafe? How do we include the ” Guarded community index ” into the NKRA? Ayooh, but this is Malaysia. Malaysia apa pun boleh.

  6. #6 by Godfather on Monday, 4 October 2010 - 10:43 pm

    Who’s stupid enough to accept this country’s official statistics ? Inflation under control at under 3 pct….stellar growth at over 6 pct…hahaha….

    Only Ibrahim Katak and his merry bunch of clowns accept all these wild projections from the statistics department, which is being captained probably by a person who failed his statistics exams.

  7. #7 by sheriff singh on Monday, 4 October 2010 - 11:25 pm

    The country is very ‘safe’ because our government said so, so it must be true.

    Do you all want to be ‘disloyal’ by frightening away all the foreign investors?

    Just bite the bullet and say you are ‘very safe’. It is the patriotic thing to do.

    It is also in complete compliance with the 1Malaysia concept.

    By shutting up, you will help all the BN politicians and goons meet their KPIs, NKRA, NEM etc etc targets.

    It will also help to even out the distortions by evening out income and wealth distribution. Ibrahim Ali will be very pleased.

  8. #8 by assamlaksa on Monday, 4 October 2010 - 11:44 pm

    the public perception is that there is no point of reporting robbery/snatch thieves or other crimes when the police would not act on the matter, therefore we hear statistics that lesser crimes are being reported but on the ground, it is the opposite as criminals are now enjoying their crime spree since the police are now occupied with protecting their political masters.

  9. #9 by dawsheng on Tuesday, 5 October 2010 - 2:26 am

    How big is Anthony’s house to be worthy of such a heist involving five parang-wielding robbers? This is the most unusual modus operandi as far as normal criminals are concerned, but perhaps for trained criminals looking for more than just RM10,000 of valuables, it isn’t.

  10. #10 by cemerlang on Tuesday, 5 October 2010 - 6:11 am

    Hardcore cases not solved. Hardcore disrespect for the law. Hardcore officers who are indifferent to the situation and who need disciplining. Imagine if hardcore criminals are present just because they are banished from their homes. How safe can that be ? Even your Indon maids can steal your stuff, run away and never to be traced.

  11. #11 by k1980 on Tuesday, 5 October 2010 - 6:24 am

    Who killed Gerakan?
    I, said Tsu Koon,
    with my cowardliness,
    I killed Gerakan.
    Who saw him die?
    I, said the Fly,
    with my little eye,
    I saw him die.
    Who caught his blood?
    I, said the Fish,
    with my little dish,
    I caught his blood.
    Who’ll make the shroud?
    I, said the Beetle,
    with my thread and needle,
    I’ll make the shroud.
    Who’ll dig his grave?
    I, said the Owl,
    with my pick and shovel,
    I’ll dig his grave.
    Who’ll be the parson?
    I, said the Rook,
    with my little book,
    I’ll be the parson.
    Who’ll be the clerk?
    I, said the Lark,
    if it’s not in the dark,
    I’ll be the clerk.
    Who’ll carry the link?
    I, said the Linnet,
    I’ll fetch it in a minute,
    I’ll carry the link.
    Who’ll be chief mourner?
    I, said the Dove,
    I mourn for my love,
    I’ll be chief mourner.
    Who’ll carry the coffin?
    I, said the Kite,
    if it’s not through the night,
    I’ll carry the coffin.
    Who’ll bear the pall?
    We, said the Wren,
    both the cock and the hen,
    We’ll bear the pall.
    Who’ll sing a psalm?
    I, said the Thrush,
    as she sat on a bush,
    I’ll sing a psalm.
    Who’ll toll the bell?
    I said the bull,
    because I can pull,
    I’ll toll the bell.
    All the birds of the air
    fell a-sighing and a-sobbing,
    when they heard the bell toll
    for poor Gerakan.

  12. #12 by dagen on Tuesday, 5 October 2010 - 8:58 am

    This is so umno punya style. Just look at our klse index. Up and up and up. But look again. Use a magnifying glass if necessary. The whole table is full of worthless shares. A lot of them cant even get you a piece of roti canai.

  13. #13 by phiew on Tuesday, 5 October 2010 - 1:35 pm

    Robbery is not uncommon nowadays. it also happens during broad daylight. Hence, I’m not convinced with the level of achievement by the authorities concerned.

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