THE Perak government has set up a special committee focused on crime prevention in the state.
State executive councillor Datuk Samsudin Abu Hassan, who was elected to lead the committee, said crime remains the state’s second biggest worry after the economy.
“Crime not only affects the rakyat directly but it scares away investors too, which in turn affects the economy.
“We aim to improve the rakyat’s perception of safety in our state and the country,” he said at the launch of the Crime Prevention seminar titled Seminar Pencegahan Jenayah Bersama NGO-NGO Cegah Jenayah Perak at Kompleks KDN in Meru on Thursday.
Among the goals of the committee are to reduce the state’s crime index by 5% each year, improve the public’s perception of safety in Perak from 55% to 65% and increase the number of crime investigations brought to court from 30% to 35%.
Samsudin, who is also Perak National Association for the Prevention of Drugs (Pemadam) chairman, pointed out that the two most common crimes - breaking and entering as well as snatch theft - involved mostly drug addicts.
“The state is working hard to step up our efforts to curb drug abuse.
“As such, we believe that the NGOs will provide the authorities with invaluable assistance in our efforts.
“Together with the police, we hope we can work as a team to fight crime and prevent drug abuse in Perak,” he said.
About 72 crime prevention non-governmental organisations took part in the seminar.
They comprised mostly community safety volunteer groups, village development and security committees as well as ketua kampung.
Also present were Ipoh City Watch president Dr Richard Ng and Malaysian Crime Prevention Foundation vice-chairman Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye.