Four steps to check crime rate

  • Nation
  • Wednesday, 07 Jul 2004

KUALA LUMPUR: All local authorities have been directed to implement four short-term measures to help check the crime rate. 

Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk Seri Ong Ka Ting told the authorities to: 

  • CLEAN up all unkempt places;  

    IMPRESSIVE: Limbongan Ekovest Managament Sdn Bhd manager Lim Jee Kong, Johor Baru Council director of planning Aishah Abdul Rapi and Ong viewing an exhibit during the Commonwealth Association of Planners World Congress 2004 in Kuala Lumpur.--Bernamapic

  •  REMOVE all billboards on overhead pedestrian bridges;  

  •  LIGHT up public areas, particularly the crime-prone ones; and 

  •  SEPARATE pedestrian walkways from motorised traffic. 

    He said there must be urgency in implementing these measures. 

    Ong said such tasks were the responsibility of the local authorities and the crime rate would not have been so high if they had done their job well. 

    He said poorly maintained and dark public areas and pedestrian bridges lined with billboards – which cut off from public view the people using the bridges – were conducive areas for thieves to strike.  

    Ong said this after delivering a keynote address at the Commonwealth Association of Planners World Congress 2004 here yesterday. 

    In his speech, Ong said the local authorities should listen to the views of the public and improve themselves to meet the people’s rising expectations. 

    He said Malaysia had first-class infrastructure but the standard of maintenance remained a major problem. 

    “We still face problems related to urban flooding, traffic jams and occasional breakdown in the supply of water and electricity,” he said. 

    Ong said his ministry would come up with a paper on long-term measures for a safe city which would be presented to the Cabinet. 

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