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Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Since the police and govt INSIST on sleeping, let's protect ourselves - PAS

Since the police and govt INSIST on sleeping, let's protect ourselves - PAS
As the public continues to live in fear of rising crime, PAS has urged Malaysians to take proactive measures to prevent, while at the same time protect themselves from, criminal acts.

"Each one of us, including those close to us, is a potential victim of criminals," came a reminder from PAS information chief Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man, in a message urging the people to be more mindful of their environment.

Some of the crime-avoiding measures he suggested include spending less time walking alone, not parking one's vehicle in isolated places, not using electronic devices while walking and not always carrying a handbag or purse.

The 'advisory' comes in the wake of several shooting incidents, including that of whistleblower R Sri Sanjeevan, who heads vocal anti-crime watchdog MyWatch. At press time, the 29-year old remains in critical condition after doctors removed bullet from his rib cage.

And yesterday, another prominent businessman was shot in broad daylight in the heart of Kuala Lumpur, this time fatally. Arab-Malaysian Bank founder Hussain Ahmad Najadi, 75, was attacked by two assailants in a car park on Lorong Ceylon at 2.00 pm.

Meanwhile, Tuan Ibrahim said the advisory on crime prevention was being issued after criticisms and pleas on the government and police over their weaknesses in fighting crime had fallen on deaf ears.

"Since the government and the police prefer to believe the perception that crime rate is falling even as more people are made victims of crime, it would be better for the people to take proactive measures in first protecting themselves and their families rather than wait for the authorities to wake up from their slumber to take drastic action against crime," he added.

In its recent general election manifesto, Pakatan Rakyat had called for a revamp of the police force, saying its human resource was currently geared more towards political security, with a mere 9% of the force allocated to the Criminal Investigation Department.

The coalition had also pledged to set up the Independent Police Complaints and Misconduct Commission (IPCMC) to improve police professionalism. BN leaders and police top guns have been resisting the IPCMC - first recommended in 2005 by a Royal Commission of Inquiry to enhance operation and management of the police force - but  instead have argued for the return of draconian laws such as the Emergecy Ordinance and Internal Security Act.
- harakahdaily.net

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