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23 July 2009

Pakatan wants IGP sacked

(MySinchew) - Pakatan Rakyat is holding a parliamentary roundtable on Tuesday (28 July) to remove the police chief and to look for a new one.

The parliamentary roundtable, which is convened by the Pakatan Rakyat parliamentary leadership under Anwar Ibrahim (PKR), Hadi Awang (PAS)and Lim Kit Siang (DAP) is inviting all Members of Parliament, whether Pakatan Rakyat or Barisan Nasional, from both houses, Dewan Rakyat and Dewan Negara, as well as leaders of professional and human right organizations, NGOs, civic organizations and concerned stakeholders to jointly deliberate on how to restore to Malaysians two lost fundamental rights--to be free from crime and the fear of crime, PR said in a statement Thursday.

"In recent years, the crime rate in the country has reached endemic proportion making the streets, public places and even the privacy of our homes unsafe to Malaysians, visitors and investors," it said.

I quoted the Dzaiddin Police Royal COmmission as saying in May 2005 commenting on the latest crime statistics available to it, i.e. 156,455 incidents of crime in 2004, which was an increase of 29 percent from 121,176 cases in 1997.

"The increase seriously dented Malaysia's reputation as a safe country. Malaysians in general, the business sector and foreign investors grew increasingly concerned with the situation. The fear was that, if the trend continues, there would be major social and economic consequences for Malaysia. A survey of 575 respondents from the public carried out by the Commission clearly demonstrates the extremely widespread concern among all ethnic groups and foreign residents. Between 82.2 percent and 90 percent of the respondents, or 8 to 9 persons in every 10, were concerned with the occurrence of crime," the statement said.

"The Police Royal Commission recommended "As an immediate measure, PDRM should target a minimum of 20 percent decrease in the number of crimes committed for each category within 12 months of this Report's acceptance and implementation."

"Instead of achieving the Police Royal Commission's target of reducing the intolerably high incidence of crime of 156,455 cases in 2004 by 20 percent in 12 months (i.e. 125,164 cases), the reverse took place.

From the latest statistics given in Parliament, crime index have galloped to break the 200,000 mark, with the incidence of crime shooting up to 209,582 in 2007 and 211,645 in 2008."

The statement which is ssued on bealf of PR by DAP said in the seven years from 1997 to 2004, crime index increased by 29%, but in the four years from 2004 to 2008 crime index increased by 35.5%.

"This is why Pakatan Rakyat is convening a Parliamentary Roundtable on a new Inspector-General of Police to provide new police leadership to roll back the tide of crime in the last five years to ensure a safe Malaysia as well as to present a new image of democratic policing in Malaysia.

The two-year renewed term of Tan Sri Musa Hassan as the current Inspector-General expires in September.

It cannot be denied that during Musa's tenure as IGP in the past three years, the national situation deteriorated in each of the three core functions identified by the Dzaiddin Police Royal Commission as the priority tasks of the police force--to keep crime low, eradicate corruption and protect human rights."

In fact, street crimes became worse in the nation's history during Musa's tenure as IGP in the past three years and on each of the three core functions which the Dzaiddin Police Royal Commission had outlined as the priority tasks of the police force--to keep crime low, eradicate corruption and uphold human rights--Musa failed in everyone of them, the statement said.

It added that there are at least two primary reasons why the country needs a new IGP, viz:

--Failure of Musa in Key Performance Indicators (KPI) as IGP in the past three years in all the three core police functions to keep crime low, eradicate corruption and protect human rights. In fact, it is no exaggeration to say that under Musa, Malaysians are even more unsafe from street crimes now than when he became IGP in September 5, 2006.

--The re-appointment of Musa for another term of IGP cast an adverse aspersion on all the senior police officers, as if there is not a single one out of the eight top police officers occupying key police positions below the post of IGP who are qualified or competent enough to become the new IGP to provide a new police leadership and culture to roll back the tide of crime in the past five years.

"In view of the shortness of time, all MPs whether Pakatan Rakyat or Barisan Nasional, Dewan Rakyat or Dewan Negara, are hereby invited to the Parliamentary Roundtable at Bilik Taklimat, Parlimen on Tuesday, July 28, 2009 at 10 a.m. (lunch at end of Roundtable) even if invitations are unable to reach everyone."

(Those who wish to attend or confirm their attendance should contact the Roundtable organising secretariat (Shabrimi 016-4124735; Lim Swee Kuan 016-6266848; Boon Kia Meng 012-5180863).


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