BY PUTTING the news “War on crime” in the front page, (The Star, Sept 12), The Star has proven its support for the Royal Malaysia Police's effort to combat crime and also highlighted an issue that needs to be addressed.
Now that Tan Sri Mohd Bakri Omar has handed over the baton to his successor, Tan Sri Musa Hassan, let us not forget his contribution to the country's continued internal security.
In the few years that Mohd Bakri was Inspector-General of Police, he had done his part to instil discipline in a police force whose image was tarnished by some black sheep.
He did not sweep the dirt under the carpet but had instead openly lambasted his men when needed.
In warning them that the Royal Malaysia Police is no place for those lacking the right attitudes, he assured the public that rogue policemen will not be tolerated by the force.
Mohd Bakri's greatest contribution to the continued internal security is having Musa as his successor because the latter is a man with an unblemished reputation.
He is not a glib-talker but is a disciplined workaholic who wants to improve the image of the police.
Now that he has taken over, and as your columnist Wong Chun Wai has observed, the new IGP has a herculean task ahead of him.
To his credit, his timely assurance to the nation of his commitment to fight crime is most welcome. He is also humble enough to appeal for support and time.
Support must be forthcoming because the war against crime is not solely the job of policemen.
We, citizens, on our part, must chip in by obeying the law so that we do not give additional problems to the police. We must take proactive steps to prevent ourselves from becoming victims of crime, and be the “ears and eyes” of the police.
But Malaysians, being an impatient lot, may not give the new IGP the time he has appealed for. Hence, Musa has got to work fast to deliver his promises.
Like Wong, I too share the view that the Royal Malaysia Police has got to review the wages of its underpaid officers.
It should perhaps also consider off-loading other non-police duties. For a start, why not hand over traffic matters to the Road Transport Department?
By doing so, no one will be able to point fingers at the police for cases of graft in future. Besides, the police will then have the manpower to focus on criminals rather than go after traffic offenders.
The same goes for the checking of licences of entertainment outlets. Hand over to others rather than duplicating the work.
In doing so, the police will increase its manpower to fight crime, and also minimise opportunities for graft.
In the private sector, many corporations have already outsourced non-core activities to focus on the core business.
It is time the police do the same to be effective and be a model force of crime-fighters.
KHOO KHENG-HOR, Cameron Highlands.