I received this SMS from reader TM this morning. Ah, yes, TM, I hope he is dead serious, too. But I read the news on-line last night and I am not too optimistic. The Bernama report said the PM "also wanted the police to take more drastic action to tackle the rising crime index in the country". Good, so he's aware that crime is rising and is causing fear and there is need to allay people's fear."Finally, Pak Lah sees d light abt d crime situatn. on frnt pages. hope he is dead serious."
But MORE DRASTIC action was he talking about?
Go on, read the article HERE.
Don't tell me fixing CCTVs is what's meant by "more drastic" action. One of Nurin Jazlin's killer was caught on CCTV, remember? But the cops haven't been able to make anything out of it despite FBI help, so what would a thousand CCTVs do to deter the bad guys?
And don't tell me hiring retired cops on contract is what's meant by "more drastic action". Because I've just read here that Christopher Wan, the CID director, has quit after serving the last day of his one-year contract yesterday. The report did not mention the fact that Christopher Wan was head of a special team set up by the Police to investigate Nurin Jazlin's murder last September. I don't remember anything drastic coming out of his special team to solve the case.
So, I replied to the sms."Morning, TM. Yes, I read it on Bne on line last night. Lip service. Doesnt sound like he has a real plan but could be a start if he's serious and sincere. And if he is, rather late in the game, just a month or so before gen election."
Malaysiakini has a story on the rising crime index, HERE.
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By the way, according to the Bernama report:
"(The Prime Minister) clarified that the crime index in the country was said to have increased as the police had added five new categories to the existing 14 categories. "The five new categories are criminal intimidation, defamation, blackmail, causing injury and rioting," he said.
He said the addition of the five categories was based on the increase in police reports on the matter.
Abdullah said if the crime index were to remain at the existing 14 categories, it would show a decline.