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Sunday March 6, 2011
By LEE YEN MUNyenmun@thestar.com.my
PETALING JAYA: Fighting crime and ensuring security in the nation is not about politics but is in the interest of the rakyat, said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.
“There is no political motive in ensuring security and reducing the crime rate in the country.
“Fighting crime is our common responsibility and each one of us must give due cooperation to the police, even if it seems like a small contribution,” he said before launching the Community Policing Selangor in Puchong Utama here last night.
Najib said everyone wanted to live in a harmonious neighbourhood that is free from all forms of crime.
“We can achieve a sharp reduction in the crime rate if we work together as one people and one nation.
“I am pleased to note that under the Government Transformation Programme, we have reduced the national crime rate by 15% in the first year alone, which is three times our initial target,” he said, adding that in Selangor, the crime rate had dropped by 10% and street crime alone by 35%.
Although the Pakatan Rakyat-led Selangor government has banned the 1Malaysia logo from being raised in the state, Najib said what was important was not the symbol but the 1Malaysia spirit embedded in the hearts of the people.
“The overwhelming number of people at this function tonight shows that the people of Selangor also steadfastly hold to the 1Malaysia philosophy,” Najib told a crowd of about 10,000 people, most of whom were members of the Community Policing Selangor.
The Community Policing Selangor is the first society of its kind recognised as a legitimate society under the Registrar of Societies.
It emphasises on creating a smart partnership between the police and the community, with both parties working together to lay out strategies to curb crime in a particular area.
The society was also the first to launch a website for feedback on crime prevention policies.
The dinner-cum-launch was also attended by the Prime Minister’s wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor, Home Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein, Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Minister Datuk Seri Noh Omar and Deputy Finance Minister Datuk Donald Lim.
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