29 April 2010
At a joint press conference with Home Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein yesterday, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Idris Jala said that crime reduction was set as one of the targets to achieve in the National Key Result Areas because it was to address its rising trend. He said that the national crime ratio is not at an alarming level.
The ratio is 750 cases per 100,000 population, which he said is lower than some developed countries like Britain, which has 7,500 cases per 100,000.
Jala urged the media to help reduce the crime worries of the public by highlighting the role of the police and that of the Home Ministry to fight crime.
Hishammuddin added that Malaysia and Australia had agreed to set up a Joint Working Committee on Counter Terrorism to foster greater cooperation in fighting terrorism in this region. This arose from the success of the existing work down between the two countries in the area of anti-human trafficking. The committee was agreed upon during his meeting with Australian Anti-Terrorism Ambassador Bill Paterson yesterday.
Between August last year and March this year, Malaysian police was able to arrest some top leaders of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eeelam, known for terrorism acts.
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