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Sunday October 2, 2011

Crime busters on right track

KUALA LUMPUR: Police are on the right track in reducing crime in the country.

However, they need continued cooperation and should form smart partnerships with the community, including taking on the role of “peace officers”, said Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.

He said the force's year-on-year National Key Result Area (NKRA) achievements in crime reduction have been very encouraging so far.

According to the latest statistics, the crime index rate dropped 23.6% while the street crime rate dropped 39.7% from January to August this year when compared to the same period in 2009, Muhyiddin said.

VIP visit: Muhyiddin visiting the Royal Malaysia Police’s booth during the Open Day and Crime Awareness Day at Dataran Merdeka, Kuala Lumpur, yesterday. Looking on are Home Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein and Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Ismail Omar (left).

“This is not an easy achievement, especially when it was carried out within a short period of time,” he said at the Royal Malaysia Police Open Day and Crime Awareness Day at Dataran Merdeka here yesterday.

He also witnessed a pledge on crime awareness from 1,200 youth cyclists.

Muhyiddin also called on the police to rotate officers in community policing efforts to enable them to gain more exposure to people-friendly methods.

“The police should give more opportunities for personnel to carry out duties as “peace officers” and not merely act as “law enforcers” to enhance the relationship with the community.

“This strong relationship is the basis of a smart partnership that can help police identify crime and implement the best strategy to overcome it.

“It is proven that the community's cooperation with the police can help reduce crime.

“Although the police may have the weapons and expertise to combat crime, it is impossible to achieve without the community's collaboration,” he said.

He added that Malaysians generally felt safer as shown in a recent survey, where their worry over crime dropped from 52% between November last year and January this year to 48.9% between March and May.

He said Malaysia was also ranked 19th in the Global Peace Index.

At a separate function in Muar, Muhyiddin said global food security would be a serious issue if no effort was taken to increase production.

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