PM Abdullah: 2007 Crime Index Rose 13.36 Per Cent

9 January 2008
Kuala Lumpur

Malaysian Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi announced that the crime index has increased significantly last year and that a strategy has been put in place in response to it.

Serious crimes have increased by 13.36 per cent last year, and unarmed gang robbery rose by more than 159 per cent. Abdullah mentioned that the rise was also in part influenced by the addition of five new categories of crime.

The categories are: criminal intimidation, outraging modesty, causing hurt, extortion and rioting.

As he had expressed concern on the situation, the police would take the following actions:

  • hire contract police staff who have already retired or are about to retire
  • install more closed-circuit television cameras in buildings and common areas
  • build more police stations near shophouses and in housing estates
  • provide civilians with administrative positions in the police force to relieve police of such duties
  • speed up recruitment of new police staff

In order to speed up the training of new police staff, the government would be setting up two new police training centres in Langkawi, Kedah, and Bentong, Pahang.

Abdullah said that funds are still available from the last government budget for the purpose of recruiting 60,000 police staff by 2010.

New Straits Times – Crime rate up 13.4 per cent

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