A senior police officer reveals that cases under these two categories are not part of the crime index and calls upon the IGP to explain the matter.
He told FMT that the general perception was that all cases were included in the index.
“The police and Home Ministry must come forward to explain what is the crime index and how it is recorded,” said the veteran policeman.
He suggested that each reported case which warranted the opening of an IP or investigation paper be included in the index.
Currently, he said Bukit Aman and state police chiefs were only highlighting the cases reported directly to the Criminal Investigations Department
“There are hundreds of cases being reported weekly nationwide related to narcotics and commercial crime offences, therefore the current statistics (index) does not reflect the actual senario on the ground,” he added.
The senior police officer urged Inspector-general of Police Ismail Omar to clear the air instead of keeping silent on the matter.
He added that Home Minister Hishamuddin Hussein was not the right person to address this issue since the police were more well-versed.
Meanwhile, two other officers, who also spoke on condition of anonymity, said that the Malaysian police followed the guidelines outlined by Interpol.
“Most countries adopted the guidelines. PDRM never manipulated the index,” stressed the officers.
However, the officers said PDRM should explain to both the public and politician on how the crime index was formulated and how it was used with regard to crime prevention.