YOURSAY 'Crime fighting was never a priority for the police. Keeping the regime in power and harassing the opposition was more important.'
'For first time since Merdeka, crime busting a priority'
A.B.U: Hishammuddin Hussein, as a home minister, you must be an idiot to now say that crime-busting is a priority. If the country is so safe, try going out without your bodyguards.
The Home Ministry of every country has crime busting as a top priority as the safety of its citizens is paramount. For such an educated man, you are a very slow learner. It's better to replace you at the next GE.
Kgen: Hishammuddin has blurted out the simple truth. Crime fighting was never a priority for the police. Keeping the regime in power and harassing the opposition was more important.
Crime has surged despite what their lying statistics say ,and they can't ignore it now because the people are angry.
Too little, too late. The police will always be political prostitutes as long as BN is in power. To have an effective police force we need to get rid of BN.
Hello: What an admission from this clueless home minister! Crime busting was not seen as a need since Merdeka? Where is he coming from?
What is the Home Ministry created for? Is it for him to fill the post and draw a fat salary and meanwhile abuse it by using it against innocent citizens and loyal politicians of this country?
Hishammuddin should hang his head in shame and resign from his ministry.
Cloudnine: Hishammuddin has wasted too much time slamming Bersih and not catching criminals. As home minister he has to take responsibility for the insecurity we all feel. Nobody feels safe anymore.
James1067: What a statement; if the police have not been paid to fight crime, then what exactly have their duties been? Following politicians and leaders around and reporting their activities to the political masters?
Hishammuddin, it's already a little too late as people don't have faith in your words, as everything done now is seen as a public relations gimmick.
Swipenter: You are the home minister and domestic security must be your priority; and if it has not been, what has been the priority then?
Home and national security would include fighting crime, terrorism, illegal immigrants, racial and religious extremism and all kinds of extremism. All these may be interrelated in one way or another.
Since we are talking of crime, you cannot tackle the crime problem without taking the illegal immigrants problem into the equation.
Crimes in our country are both committed by locals and foreigners, and this is a fact you cannot deny. But the rising crime rate and the illegal immigrants problem are both neglected by your ministry.
Instead, you and your ministry spend too much time politicking and containing Pakatan Rakyat and other legitimate dissidents that fighting and preventing crime is no longer your priority.
WiseVoter: So our home minister is telling us that fighting crime has not been a priority? Then what is? Bribery? Filling your own pockets?
Retired Judge: I agree. The government has all this while been focussing on enriching themselves. The government has been blind to the cry of the people. Where is the ‘janji ditepati'? It's merely ‘janji mengisi pocket sendiri'.
Starr: So, the escalating crime rates in the country is not a matter of public perception, but due to the years of neglect by the enforcement agencies to prioritise crime flighting as their No 1 duty.
The negative perception of the enforcement agencies is no coincidence also, but a reflection of their corrupt personnel, inefficient operations, lopsided recruitment, poor training, and undisciplined approach.
Sarajun Hoda: This explains why the crime rate has been rising and the police had never been interested to account for every case reported. It also means, the statistics about crime being under control and were all a big fat farce.
Only 14 percent of the force is allocated to busting crime, while 31 percent are doing spying for Umno and shockingly 41 percent for management? Why such a high percentage? The police force is really wasting the peoples' money.
The police must account for every case reported to them. Every one of them. You have such an extraordinarily large management team, why can't they do it?
Telestai!: I can understand a developed country like Switzerland with low crime rate having a huge portion of its workforce in management, but Malaysia is hardly one of those countries.
I would expect approximately 50-60% of the Malaysian police workforce directed to fighting crime until the situation improves.
Apa Fasal: In the last 56 years, my house was being broken into twice, and once I was held up with a knife against my neck right in front of my own house. Enough is enough, I have since moved out of my home sweet home to a gated and guarded residence.
Lim Chong Leong: Why the need to focus on crime busting now? Is it not just a perception that there is even crime on the streets, as the government had earlier said? Did the survey not show that the crime rate is down at it lowest?
And was not our money used to change perception rather than fight crime? If the crime rate is so low, why are we wasting funds on crime busting? Home minister, please don't lead us by the nose and tell us bull all the time.
Cannon: This is what Malaysians get from a regime that promotes mediocrity.
The home ministry's non-performance and the government's default in its fundamental obligation of providing for the safety and security of its citizens can be traced to the regime's policy of mediocrity, of not appointing the best for the job, but rather, making appointments on the basis of race.
It's a high price for all Malaysians to pay in having to cower in fear for their lives on the streets, in the marketplace, and in their own homes. We are a nation under siege by criminals - look at our housing estates that are barricaded like a war zone.
Be-End: I say, there is a bell ringing for the home minister. He has just woken up. There is more and more crime taking place than ever before. But he is now just trying to win the hearts of the people by talking about the crime problem, but not doing anything to solve it.
Onyourtoes: Hishammuddin, what is the point of encouraging residents to alert their local police of their absence during the festive season? Why don't you at random call 999 and see how long someone answers the distress call?
It is not a coincidence the bandits have become bolder these days. They know the police are hopeless in combatting them.
One more thing, don't keep talking about putting more men to fight crime. We have obviously trained the police the wrong way.
Never mind, let me make a sweeping statement here - most police officers do not know their job, are incompetent, lazy and are totally unsympathetic of the traumas the victims have gone through.
AJ: Where do they find these ministers? Hishammuddin implied there was never a 'focus' on crime fighting. What was the purpose of the police force then?
It's not how many police you need to recruit, but the quality of the force. There is more than enough of them now. We just need better ministers.
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