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PUBLISHED: Nov 3, 2015 5:22pm

‘Striking gap between perception and reality on crime and safety’

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FERNANDO FONG

Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi says crime has gone down by 40% in the last four years, with car theft cases reduced by 20%, and Malaysia has the lowest recidivism rate in the region at about 7.6%. — Pic by Kenneth Wan

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KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 3, 2015:

Deputy Prime Minister and Home Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi says the public perception of crime has not improved despite actual reductions.

He pointed out that crime had gone down by 40% in the last four years, with car theft cases reduced by 20%, and Malaysia had the lowest recidivism rate in the region at about 7.6%.

“We can see the achievement of the Royal Malaysian Police (PDRM) in so many other areas pertaining to crime prevention.

“The number of crime cases has been reduced, but the rakyat remains fearful of their safety.

“Public perceptions and the fear of crime is therefore still a challenge for all of us,” he told reporters after officiating a roundtable of the National Key Results Area (NKRA) on crime prevention at the Sime Darby Convention Centre here today.

He said all agencies, not only PDRM, but others such as the National Anti-Drugs Agency (AADK) and Prisons Department, were complementing each other towards one objective, making Malaysia a safe country.

Ahmad Zahid noted that on average, the police worked 24 hours a day but they were not being appreciated.

“Hence, in a Delivery Task Force meeting in November last year, a Crime Communication Plan was approved to meet this challenge.

“The Crime Communication Plan will  employ a comprehensive strategy to reach out to the public, listen to their concerns and work together to formulate effective solutions.”

Ahmad Zahid added that the government was coming out with a crime perception indicator (CPI) to measure the level of fear of crime.

“Once it is calibrated, we will publish both the crime index and the CPI,” said Ahmad Zahid, who is also Malaysia Crime Prevention Foundation (MCPF) chairman.

Ahmad Zahid said the roundtable was to gather information from 28 non-governmental organisations (NGOs) on how to improve public perception of crime so that it would be in tandem with the reduction in crime rates achieved.

He said the NGOs would work with the police and Performance Management and Delivery Unit (Pemandu) and play the role of a third party in validating the achievements of the government in reducing crime.

“If the numbers (crime reduction) come only from police, it might not be enough to convince the public.

“We also appointed independent bodies such as Frost and Sullivan (a consulting firm which provides market research and analysis) and Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) to look at public perception of safety.”

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