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Crime statistics: Which is which? PM must respond

July 13, 2012

FMT LETTER: From Gobind Singh Deo, via e-mail

Former IGP Musa Hassan has put the Najib administration to great embarrassment by openly accusing ‘the authorities of hiding facts from the public over the country’s crime rate’.

This is scandalous, a most serious accusation to make. It strikes at the very heart of the ongoing controversy as to whether or not crime rates have dropped.

We are entitled to an explanation. Najib Tun Razak must tell us. Is what Musa is saying true? If so, why have we been taken for a ride?

Musa is further quoted as saying ‘there is no need to mask crime figures’. This, again, is a most serious allegation. Is this true?

The credibility of Pemandu is now seriously in question. The government cannot sit back and remain quiet.

Apart from Musa, we also have Selangor Deputy chief of Police, A Thaiveegan acknowledging a spike in crime statistics saying that the repeal of the Emergency Ordinance may have caused the surge.

So we seem to have statistics saying one thing and the police saying another. Which is which?

Perhaps the government should consider accepting the proposal by Musa to appoint an ‘independent’ third party to review the findings of Pemandu, and re-check the country’s crime rate.

All in all, it boils down to the fact that the assurances and reassurances given to us by the government that crime is under check is not altogether true. This is totally unacceptable.

The writer is MP Puchong


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