PETALING JAYA: Lim Kit Siang has called for Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi not to stick to mere rhetoric in declaring that the Malaysian police force is the best in Asean, but to prove it as well.
The DAP supremo was referring to comments made by Zahid, who is also home minister, when giving a speech at the Addressing Perception on Safety and Security forum in Kuala Lumpur yesterday.
“The Royal Malaysian Police, according to the ratings is acknowledged as the best police in Asean.
“This is an international recognition but what is the perception? In my estimation only 20% are positive about the police,” Zahid reportedly told the audience, but did not name the international body which accorded such recognition.
Lim, who is Gelang Patah MP, said if Zahid is right about the police being the best in the region, then he should present the facts, statistics and acknowledgements in a formal report to Parliament.
The DAP parliamentary leader also offered three suggestions to Zahid that would help improve the perception, and even make Malaysians believe we have the best police force in Asean.
“First, declare it the police force’s mission to make Malaysia the safest place in the world.
“Secondly, submit annual police reports to Parliament, and thirdly, set up a Parliamentary Select committee on Police which will have the responsibility to oversee police matters,” Lim said in a statement today.
At the forum, Zahid had also said that it was not enough for police to consider itself effective because of a reduction in crime statistics, saying those involved in fighting crime must do more engagement and adopt a friendlier approach when dealing with the public.
“Zahid is barking up the wrong tree, as public confidence in the police capability to fight and reduce the crime rate is not a mere public relations exercise, of friendly public engagement.
“I myself do not believe that the police have cut down the national crime rate by 47% in the past eight years,” Lim said, before asking why more and more ministers and Barisan Nasional MPs are guarded and surrounded by more security personnel than eight years ago.