Under Abdullah’s premiership,
crime index crashed through the 200,000 barrier for the first time in
nation’s history with rape more than doubled from a daily average of 4 women
in 2003 to 8.5 women last year
by Lim Kit Siang
The Prime Minister, Datuk Seri
Abdullah Ahmad Badawi’s five-prong strategy announced yesterday to combat
the rising crime index is not impressive at all – too little, too late and
too indifferent in lacking seriousness and commitment by Abdullah to make
Malaysia safe again for its citizens, visitors, tourists and investors.
Under Abdullah’s premiership, crime has reached endemic dimension with
Malaysia gaining an international notoriety as a country unsafe for her
citizens, visitors, tourists and investors.
When he became Prime Minister on Oct. 31, 2003, Abdullah pledged that one
of his top priorities would be to reduce crime to restore to Malaysians
their fundamental right to be free from crime and the fear of crime,
whether in the streets, public places or the privacy of their homes.
Today, Malaysians feel even more unsafe from crime than when he became
Abdullah had raised great hopes about his commitment to create an
efficient, incorruptible, professional and world-class police service to
declare an all-out war against crime when he set up the Royal Police
Commission which came out with 125 recommendations, the most important of
which was the proposal for an Independent Police Complaints and Misconduct
All such high hopes of Malaysians for a world-class professional police
service to keep crime index low to make the country safe for the people,
visitors and foreign investors have been dashed to the ground in the past
All these high hopes have come to nought. The proposal of an effective
IPCMC has been killed, replaced with a clawless and toothless Special
Complaints Commission proposal.
Under Abdullah’s premiership, the police fought a losing war against the
rising crime index, which had worsened from 156,315 cases in 2003 to
224,298 cases in 2007 – a sharp rise of some 45% in the past four years.
The crime index crashed through the 200,000 barrier for the first time in
nation’s history with rape more than doubled from a daily average of four
women in 2003 to 8.5 women last year.
This means that under Abdullah as Prime Minister, women are even more
unsafe from the crime of rape, with the risk of rape more than doubled
than when Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad handed power over to him four years
Abdullah’s multi-pronged anti-crime strategy announced yesterday has
fallen like a damp squid as nobody believes that it will have any effect
to make Malaysia at least as safe for personal safety and property
security when he became Prime Minister four years ago.
When will Abdullah wake up to realize and admit that crime in Malaysia has
become endemic under his premiership, and that the prevalent feeling of
citizens, visitors, tourists and investors that they have lost the sense
of personal safety and property security is one of the greatest failures
of his premiership?
Opposition Leader, MP for Ipoh Timur & DAP Central Policy and Strategic
Planning Commission Chairman