DAP calls for a one or two-month postponement of campaign to recruit more Chinese into the police force to first identify and address the root causes resulting in only 2.57% or 2,221 Chinese out of 86,159 police personnel
by Lim Kit Siang
(Petaling Jaya, Wednesday): DAP calls for a one or two-month postponement of the campaign to recruit more Chinese into the police force to first identify and address the root causes resulting in only 2.57% or 2,221 Chinese out of 86,159-strong police personnel.
Yesterday was the start of a month-long police recruitment exercise but there has been no change whatsoever in the response of the Chinese youths, as illustrated by the fact that out of 140 applicants to the police recruitment drive in the Federal Territory, 95 fulfilled the qualifying conditions but there was not a single Chinese. (Sin Chew)
The revelation by the Deputy Home Minister, Datuk Chor Chee Heung on Monday that there are only 2,221 Chinese or 2.57% of the 86,159-strong police force was most shocking, reflecting the failure of the two MCA Deputy Home Ministers in the past eight years to prevent Chinese participation in the police force from falling to such a low level.
Chorís announcement of the government target to raise Chinese percentage in the police force from 2.57 per cent to 10 per cent in two years is meaningless as shown by the total lack of response from the Chinese youths in the Federal Territory yesterday, unless the root causes for the low Chinese enrolment in the police force are recognized and addressed boldly and imaginatively by the government.
Parliament which reconvened yesterday for the 40-day 2004 Budget meeting should have a full, constructive and productive debate on this issue, generating ideas to address this problem.
The month-long campaign from Sept. 2 to Oct. 1 to recruit more Chinese to join the police force should be deferred by one or two months so that an all-party commission could be formed to identify and address the root causes for the low Chinese enrolment in the police force.
DAP proposes a three-point strategy to create the conducive conditions to provide for greater multi-racial balance in the police force, viz:
If the government is prepared to address these three issues to create the conducive conditions of service in the police not only for Chinese youths but also for all Malaysians, DAP is prepared to fully co-operate with the police in the campaign to get more Chinese youths to join the police to provide a more ethnically-balanced security service.
If the government is not prepared to address all these three issues, it is unlikely that its promotion campaign to get more Chinese youths to join the police force will meet with much success, as the country will be facing a new problem, the decreasing number of Malays in the police force.
* Lim Kit Siang, DAP National Chairman