What Malaysians want is not an empty “declaration of war against crime”, the most “political” IGP and most “political” Home Minister, but a new and serious culture of “zero tolerance to crime” at all levels of government


The Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak declared a war on crime three days ago, late by four years and a resounding vindication of the verdict of the 13GE on May 5 expressing grave voter dissatisfaction and displeasure at the failure of the four-year Najib premiership to deal with the problem of crime and the fear of crime.

It is no use the Barisan Nasional and police leadership claiming that the crime rate has been coming down under the Government Transformation Programme when over the past four years the spectre of the fear of crime have been hounding and haunting Malaysians.

There is no public confidence in the police statistics about crime reduction so long as Malaysians avoid lodging police reports even though they are victims of crime because of the hassle as well as the futility of lodging police reports.

As a result, contrary of police statistics, Malaysians are convinced that the crime rate and the fear of crime have been increasing by leaps and bounds in the past few years.

Najib’s declaration of war against crime suffered bodily blows by recent blatant and flagrant incidence of crime.

In Taman Taynton View in Cheras, criminals have acted openly by robbing customers and owners of a seafood restaurant, getting away with RM4,000 from the cash register and RM16,000 in cash and valuables from the customers.

Two women was robbed of their car in Petaling Jaya and one of them was fortunate to escape rape, while even in Kelantan, the people do not feel safe from the rising incidence of crime.

What Malaysians want is not an empty “declaration of war against crime” by the Prime Minister, the most “political” Inspector-General of Police (IGP) and the most “political” Home Minister, but a new culture of “zero tolerance to crime” at all levels of government.

The question is whether the Prime Minister, the Home Minister and Inspector-General of Police are capable of communicating a new and serious sense of “zero tolerance of crime” both to the public and to criminals, as this is first important step to win the war against crime and the fear of crime.

[Media Conference Statement (2) in Kota Bharu on Tuesday, 11th June 2013 at 12 noon]

  1. #1 by dawsheng on Tuesday, 11 June 2013 - 7:11 pm

    Najib’s declaration of war against crime is off target. In order to curb crime and promote peaceful Malaysia, the police force must be impartial and professional in discharging their duties.

    While to the general public the failure of PDRM to perform its basic function is already a fact, BN leaders still think that it is a subject of debate. All actions taken since ‘winning’ GE13 are just to placate public outcry, serving old wine in new bottle to 51% voters who voted for Pakatan Rakyat recently and calling opposition leaders liar, short of telling Malaysians the only way to be free from fear of crime is to vote BN.

    We all know where this will end (as in nothing will change; things probably got worse). It is not like at the end of the day, the criminal will ask the victim if they were 46% who voted for BN.

  2. #3 by Fort on Tuesday, 11 June 2013 - 7:16 pm

    Najib’s “War against crime”.
    Is it going to be like his “1 Malaysia”?
    Slogan only?
    Talk is cheap.

    We, the common folks what to see him do the work as a PM.
    No more busy as Umno/BN Chief…”Lu tolong gua, gua tolong Lu “!

    At the rate Najib is going after 505,
    He has not change much.
    Still very much the same.

    We need to work harder as the people of Malaysia, to end this minority rule of Umno/BN…How?

    The least we can do to show our rejection of this minority rule is to turn up for the 22 July gathering at Padang Merbok.

    Hopefully, PR leaders can come more prepared to tell the common folks how we can contribute.
    NGO activists should be invited too.

    After 505, majority of our people were and are still disappointed of the change we sought which was cheated by unleveled playing field.

    We are looking forward to see the 89 MPs who represent the majority people to put up a good fight in Parliament.

    We are also waiting for the People Tribunal under Bersih. Hope that Ambiga can get enough neutral leaders to sit on the Tribunal .

    All the best to you Kit.
    Keep up the good work!
    Kind regards,
    Fort Pin

  3. #4 by Bigjoe on Tuesday, 11 June 2013 - 9:09 pm

    There is all sort of Raised voices – declaration, boasting, promises, calling, charges, warnings, threats etc coming out of UMNO – loud voices that are at least exaggeration, most of the time with little substance even important instances of outright lying.. UMNO has good it in their head to believe they lie that they have been telling everyone else.

    How far can things filled with untruth, dishonesty, unsound fundamental system, really go when the money they need to spend to continue the lies is fast running out?

  4. #5 by yhsiew on Tuesday, 11 June 2013 - 10:09 pm

    Talk is cheap, give the rakyat a word that you can keep.

  5. #6 by Noble House on Wednesday, 12 June 2013 - 3:56 am

    Even the most Bush-happy, bootlicking [email protected] knows deep-down inside that something is very wrong with the ways we used to live. Crime prevention is over with and everyone knows it. The war against crime has a same dying bureaucracy odor and changing the channel are not going to make this go away.

  6. #7 by lee tai king (previously dagen) on Wednesday, 12 June 2013 - 7:58 am

    Jib, naaaaah.
    Kasi sama u.
    What bollocks!

  7. #8 by Jeffrey on Wednesday, 12 June 2013 - 8:48 am

    Well public perception of crime surge is always vindicated by daily occurrences of crimes reported in media or by anecdotal word of mouth, and any govt. will try its level best to deny or allay public concerns but the fact is that there’s little it can really do…It’s the whole system that has contributed to this (not just police ineffective actions, lack of manpower and police themselves requiring monitoring from spate of custodial deaths and public cries for IPCMC, though that is also a part of the problem). The whole system covers everything – from rural-urban drift, corruption at all levels, income disparity, influx of foreigners to a certain feeling that for survival, one needs to make money as quick and expedient as possible without ethical concerns, it being the only way now to cushion against the prevailing harsh deteriorating socio-economic circumstances generated by a system that offers no equal opportunity to all (whether amongst Malaysians themselves or Malaysians versus foreigners), which all play a part leading to present unsatisfactory state of affairs. The system cannot be so easily reversed or revamped even by the govt. even assuming it could summon the requisite political will to do so.

  8. #9 by dawsheng on Wednesday, 12 June 2013 - 12:01 pm

    Najib should declare war on incompetent top brass in the police force if he really want to be seen as tackling the problem at its roots. It is no secret to Malaysians that doing the right thing like implementing IPCMC is akin to opening cans of worms, perhaps Prime Minister Najib is not strong enough or not ready to handle the truth, else there must be hidden agenda behind all the refusal and denial to reign in violent murderers in uniform.

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