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Kapar MP: I did not single out Thaiveegan

 | July 27, 2012

Instead PKR's S Manikavasagam claims that he wants the police personnel to be more pro-active in combating crime in his constituency.

PETALING JAYA: Kapar MP S Manikavasagam has denied launching a broadside against Selangor deputy police chief A Thaiveegan over the escalating crime rate in his constituency.

“I did not single out Thaiveegan. I want more proactive police officers in the like of the late DSP S Kulasingam, former KL police chief P Alagendra and ACP A Paramasivam in Kapar.

“If possible I would like Paramasivam to be reposted to Kapar,” said the PKR lawmaker who is also the party’s public complaints bureau director when met yesterday.

He said this in response to a FMT report on Monday where Persatuan Kebajikan dan Sosial Gemilang Puchong’s legal adviser A Presnath criticised Manikavasagam over Tamil newspaper reports that highlighted the latter’s criticism against Thaiveegan.

Presnath had accused Manikavasagam of targetting Thaiveegan because he happened to be a high ranking officer of Indian origin.

He claimed that the high crime rate is due to socio -economic factors.

As a representative of the people, he said, Manikavasagam should engage the senior police officers in the state to devise strategies to combat crime.

Contrary to Presnath’s claim, Manikavasagam said that he had attempted to have dialogues with the police force.

He showed FMT a letter dated Sept 30, 2009 addressed to Thaiveegan and another letter to North Klang police chief Supt Shukor Sulong three months ago.

“Unfortunately the police don’t want to work with Pakatan lawmakers,” he said.

He also brushed off the criticisms levelled against him by Presnath and others in the media.

“They don’t know Kapar on the ground. I’ll send the complaints and take crime victims to Presnath’s office,” he said.

He also added that the Kapar Utara district police headquarters was facing severe shortage in the number of police personnel.

“The Kapar Utara district police headquarters has a total of 253 police personnel whereas Kapar Selatan district police headquarters has 1,000 personnel.

“The ratio is one policeman for 3,000 people,” said Manikavasagam.

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