SELAMA: Home Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi has criticised politicians with legal background who champion the human rights of criminals without any regard to the human rights of police personnel and their families.
He said these politicians had been vociferously pushing for the rights of criminals in the Dewan Rakyat and other political platforms.
“We want to know where are the rights of the police force. What are the rights of families of police personnel who are killed when fighting crime? Police are also citizens of the country and deserve to be protected,” he said when speaking at the opening of the Selama police headquarters by Perak Regent Raja Dr Nazrin Shah here yesterday.
He said stringent laws had been helpful in fighting crime but not enough to deter criminals and did not open the eyes and minds of the community towards police effort in combating crime.
In this regard, he said the Government had always placed high hopes on the police to give better service where customer satisfaction had become the benchmark of efficiency and integrity of the force.
At the same function, Deputy Inspector-General of Police Datuk Seri Mohd Bakri Zinin said police were facing new challenges in the era of globalisation, especially in information technology, when fast and effective action was needed to ensure that the force remained relevant.
“Police are indirectly facing a negative perception by the community. As such, efforts must continue to clear the image of police in the eyes of the people,” he said.
He also said that efforts to fight the crisis of confidence would only be successful if there was a shift in the performance of police to win the hearts and support of the community.
The Selama police headquarters complex costing RM49.1mil was built on a 4.5ha site and comprise an administration block, an explosive substance sector, 81 units of police quarters and other buildings. — Bernama