KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysian Police Department has been rated the best in Asean by an international body, according to Home Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.
Zahid, who is also deputy prime minister, did not name the international body which had given the rating, or furnish any other details, The Star reported.
However, he expressed displeasure that despite such recognition, and the reduction in the crime index by some 47%, there was still negative public perception towards the police.
“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,” he was quoted as saying by The Star.
He called on the police to find a friendlier approach to deal with the public so as to better understand their problems and find solutions.
He said this at the Addressing Perception on Safety and Security forum here on Wednesday.
Saying the forum was a valuable platform for the government and its agencies to engage with stakeholders, Zahid extended the discussion time with the audience by one hour.
“We would like to create confidence among the people in order to change the perception.
“We must create a situation where people are safe and feel safe, and as home minister I will do my best,” he said.