Crime rates can be drastically reduced with concerted effortes – Malaysian PM

By NNN-Bernama

Penang (Malaysia) : The crime rates in Malaysia can be drastically reduced if all quarters cooperate to check the problem, says Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.


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“Without concerted efforts by society, the government’s programmes infighting crime will not have the desired results.

“All quarters must play their role in ensuring a safe, peaceful andcomfortable environment. When a country is peaceful, then the people can enjoy greater development and prosperity,” he said at a question-and-answer session with several Chinese organisations at the Chinese Assembly Hall here.

The session was held in conjunction with Abdullah’s meeting with theChinese community here where he took the opportunity to openly explain the issues which are of concern to them.

The prime minister said the government was striving to increase the number of police personnel, patrol cars and motorcycles, besides setting up police beat bases at shophouses so as to intensify security monitoring and cover more areas.

He said at the moment, the focus was on increasing police presence in south Johor, Klang Valley, Kinta Valley and Penang.

Besides government efforts, Abdullah said the local communities should also revive or strengthen the Rukun Tetangga scheme for residents to monitortheir respective neighbourhoods against crime activities.

However, he added, he was saddened by the involvement of young people in crime when they should instead be focusing on their studies and be responsible citizens.

“Therefore, parents must educate and guide their children to be useful and responsible individuals as indiscipline and other misdemeanours usually begin at home.”

On the involvement of foreigners in crime, Abdullah said employers had the responsibility of instilling adherence to this country’s laws among their foreign migrant workers.

“They also need to explain to them the culture, way of life and sensitivities of the local population so as to avoid conflicts or any untoward incidents” he said.

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