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‘Crime rates not what it seems to be’

 | June 19, 2012

DAP MP Tony Pua took the home ministry to task for hiding data regarding crime rates.

KUALA LUMPUR: The Home Ministry should stop hiding data regarding crime rates and be more transparent about the issue ,Petaling Jaya Utara MP Tony Pua said.

Pua, who is also the DAP publicity chief, took the ministry to task as it failed to not only provide a prompt reply to his question over the matter, but also failed to provide a detailed breakdown of crimes taking place nationally.

There has been much concern over public safety over the last few weeks since accounts of kidnapping attempts have been frequently reported and have gone viral online.

Responding to this, Home Minister Hishammuddin Hussein said on June 11 that this was merely a perception and stressed that the crime rate in the country is still at an acceptable level.

Hishammuddin also criticised the media for sensationalising isolated crimes.

Pua said today that it was not sufficient for Hishammuddin to give such statement but data should also be provided but they were not.

“I’ve finally received the official reply from the home ministry to my written answer to a question posed in March… and yet, the answers are intentionally incomplete so as to give the people an incomplete picture of the real crime situation,” he said .

Pua has asked for a detailed breakdown of the crime statistics by districts and the types of crime in Selangor annually since 2006. The types of crime include murder, rape, burglary and so on.

What he got in return was a written reply which contained only the total number of violent crime and property thefts since 2006 in Selangor.

Pua said that even with the little data that was provided, it was clear to see that crime was on the rise.

“From 2010 to 2011, the number of violent crimes has increased by 288,” he said, adding that it was not fair for Hishammuddin to say that it was a mere perception that crime was on the rise.

The number of property thefts has also increased from 31,838 in 2010 to 36,161 in 2011. The number of overall crime had also risen by 4,611 from 39,691 in 2010.

According to the written reply provided, the rate of violent crime and property thefts in Selangor had however fallen since 2006.

In 2006, there was 9,518 recorded cases of violent crime. In 2011, there were 8,141 cases. For property thefts, there were 41,875 recorded cases in 2006. This number had fallen to 36,161 cases in 2011.

Nationally, the overall crime index had, however, fallen. In 2006, there were 196,780 cases and in 2011 there were 157,891 cases.

Also present today was Serdang MP, Teoh Nie Ching, who questioned the legitimacy of the written response.

“Last year, I was given a written response that Malaysia’s citizen to police ratio was 1:274 which is an acceptable level.

“However, when I met with residents and the Serdang police in a get-together recently, I found out from the Serdang police district chief himself that only one policeman catered to 1,600 residents in Serdang and Puchong,” she said.

She added that the statistics provided in the written response most likely took into account the FRU personnel and the Special Branch.

She said the the statistics may not provide the accurate picture of the real situation.


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