Ong: ‘Safe city’ concept for Malaysia

  • Nation
  • Friday, 18 Jun 2004

KUALA LUMPUR: The Housing and Local Government Ministry is developing a “safe city” concept for Malaysia. 

Its minister Datuk Seri Ong Ka Ting Ong said the ministry had set up a committee last month to develop the concept. “The committee will brainstorm on ways to make all cities safer and the ministry will study the measures before implementing them,” he said, adding that his deputy, Datuk Robert Lau Hoi Chew, chaired the committee. 

Speaking to reporters after opening the 6th Surveyors’ Congress, themed Integrated Approach Towards Greater Effectiveness, he said the panel had conducted a preliminary study on crime-related issues in cities. 

INTERESTING: Ong looking at a computer telescope with Department of Survey and Mapping Malaysia principal assistant director Dr David Chang (centre) while technical assistant Samsul Kamal explains the workings of the telescope.

Ong also said the ministry was also holding discussions with non-governmental organisations, professionals, universities and relevant agencies. 

He said the “safe city” concept was crucial to help fight crimes such as snatch thefts. 

Ong said: “How can a snatch thief approach pedestrians so closely? How can we make pedestrian lanes not so accessible to motorcyclists?” were questions that the panel would look at. 

He said that based on preliminary findings, key elements like the location of crime-prone areas must be considered before implementing the “safe city” concept. 

Citing snatch thefts as an example, Ong said these happened at locations such as LRT stations, bus stations, pasar malam (night market) and quiet lanes accessible to motorcyclists. 

To a question, he said he had instructed all city and municipal councils to submit a report in three months on curbing snatch thefts, including the installation of closed circuit televisions to develop the “safe city” concept.  

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