Last Thursday, Home Minister Hishammuddin Hussein told reporters that the focus on crime-busting was "not seen as a need" for the government until only recently, and no, he was not misquoted.
"We have now got political will right to the top (to fight crime). This was never the case, even since Merdeka... it was not seen as a need," he said.
As expected, this did not go down well with netizens, or any partially sane Malaysian for that matter, especially once you have considered the recent spike in crime across the country.
Here's a collection of Twitter posts reacting to Hishammuddin's revelation: