Soaring crime index and why Pak Lah must give up the Internal Security Ministry portfolio.
I just came back from The Scribe, Jalan Sudin, Tok Mommy, MageP's Lab, Galadriel's, Jeff Ooi's, People's Parliament, Zorro, the Nurin Alert blogs, Malaysiakini, Malaysia Today, and scores of other sites. Everywhere, everyone's writing about Nini, the cold-blood shooting of a politician, the high rate of crime.
In August 2006, Member of Parliament Fong Po Kuan proposed that Pak Lah gave up the Internal Security Minister portfolio in view of the rising crime index then.
Read my earlier posting Too Much for a Man? (27 Aug 2006).
I thought then that MP Fong's assertion that the country needed a full-time minister to fight crime was worth considering. This was before Nurin and before rape cases reported in 2007 increased by about 30-bloody-percent over 2006!
After Pak Lah's dazed "What's going on? Why is it so high?" reaction to the latest crime index, I would like to belatedly join MP Fong in asking Pak Lah, with all due respect, to make way for someone else to fight crime as the Internal Security Minister.
Abdullah holds 3 portfolios now: he is the Prime Minister, the Finance Minister, and the Internal Security Minister. We know enough of the man's capacity by now to conclude that it would be too much to expect him to excel in all three portfolios, mindful of the fact that he also holds other important titles internationally, including chairman of the OIC and the Non-Aligned Movement.