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Nurul Izzah Anwar


SOLVE ENFORCEMENT FIRST, NOT THE RETURN OF DRACONIAN LAWS

Posted: 15 Aug 2013 03:14 AM PDT

MEDIA STATEMENT
15 AUGUST 2013
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

SOLVE ENFORCEMENT FIRST, NOT THE RETURN OF DRACONIAN LAWS

Crime continues to be rampant. The latest was last late Friday afternoon, 9th of August, where a 28 year old legal adviser was nearly kidnapped as she was heading towards the junction of Jalan Maarof near Saidina Abu Bakar As-Siddiq Mosque in Bangsar Baru (The Star, 14 Ogos 2013).

The Home Minister, Datuk Zahid Hamidi's response to the high incidence of crime was to re-introduce draconian laws, in the wake of the repeal of the Emergency Ordinance (EO) – signaling that the government and the PDRM are at a loss in fighting the antics of known criminals whose records are supposed to be readily available.

Instead of frantically searching for a politically sound solution, the Minister and the government should pay attention to the near-kidnapped victim's statement last Friday:

"When I asked the police to check for CCTV footage of the car, I was informed the CCTV was under the jurisdiction of the Kuala Lumpur City Hall and that it wasn't working," she said, adding that her case was now being followed up by a CID officer.

The non-functioning CCTV problem – one of the most important elements in the safety and security monitoring – is nothing new. On Astro Awani last 7th of August, the Mayor of Kuala Lumpur, Datuk Seri Phesal Talib had admitted that 60 percent of the 419 CCTV cameras that were installed by DBKL were not functioning.

The 419 CCTVs are not the only expenditure gone to waste. At least RM4 million was planned to be allocated since 2012 through the Tabung Keselamatan 1Wilayah to fund efforts to combat crime in public and housing areas -including the installation of CCTVs. To date, have absolutely no way of verifying how many of these cameras have been installed, and more importantly – how many are actually functioning.

The Prime Minister has pledged that the Police will be provided with anything that they need in order to combat violent crimes (The Malay Mail, 30 July 2013). However, the government do not seem committed to solving the problems involving the weaknesses in crime monitoring, supervision and prevention -all subject to mere internal KPI without an effective IPCMC.

At the bare minimum, working closed circuit television cameras (CCTV) for functional monitoring is what we need. Similarly, more officers need to be deployed in the Criminal Investigation Department (CID).

According to the statistics gathered from government sources -about 30 percent of PDRM's officers are placed under the managerial, administrative and logistics departments. If the government is serious in combatting crime, PDRM needs to be restructured -with the bulk of the police workforce stationed in the crime prevention department.

At the moment, the police to the population ratio is at 1:275, which is very near to international standards. It is clear that what we need is more police to prevent crimes, not just sitting in the office or being burdened with the task of spying on BN political opponents.

Providing enough crime prevention tools and enough ground police workforce are the basics that need to be prioritised for an efficient and effective crime prevention plan. When such internal failures occur, how are we expected to swallow blame – placed on the lack of overarching powers such as the Emergency Ordinance? It is the government that has failed to properly maintain surveillance equipments crucial in crime prevention.

When the Minister proceeds to feed us with the 260,000 hardcore criminals' theory – it should provide the impetus for further scrutiny in the government's track record – from surveillance, efficient policing to rate of successful prosecution.

Malaysia already has enough laws to prevent crimes; our weaknesses is on the enforcement of these laws, providing and maintaining surveillance such as CCTVs and patrol cars, as well as having enough trained police officers on the streets.

All of these problems and their solutions can be unraveled through a Parliamentary Standing Committee on Home Security and the creation of IPCMC (Independent Police Complaints and Misconduct Commission) as suggested by the Royal Commission’s Inquiry that was chaired by the Former Chief Justice Tun Mohamed Dzaiddin bin Haji Abdullah (2004). The rest, as they say is up to political will.

Nurul Izzah Anwar
Lembah Pantai Member of Parliament
KEADILAN Vice President

Footnotes:

http://www.astroawani.com/news/show/dbkl-jawab-isu-cctv-akui-60-peratus-tidak-berfungsi-19884

http://www.sinarharian.com.my/edisi/selangor-kl/tabung-keselamatan-1wilayah-persekutuan-ditubuh-1.85438

http://www.themalaymailonline.com/malaysia/article/anything-to-fight-crime-najib-tells-cops

PRESS RELEASE: Keadilan calls for immediate end to violent military crackdown against the Egyptian people

Posted: 14 Aug 2013 09:57 PM PDT

15th August 2013

Keadilan is appalled and saddened by the ongoing violent crackdown by the military regime in Egypt. Hundreds of civilians have been killed and State-organised violence against protesters continues unabated. It was the democratic right of the people of Egypt to hold protests against the ouster of the democratically elected President Mohamed Morsi; the response of the interim government has been disproportionate, inexcusable and murderous. Protesters have been deliderately trapped in camps, and safe exit and medical attention has been denied.

It is clear now that the military regime intends to set back and nullify the unprecedented democratic progress that had been made in Egypt since the fall of the Mubarak regime. Their disregard for democracy, fundamental rights and human life is plain for all to see.

We call upon the military regime to immediately end all violent actions against the Egyptian people. We further ask that the military regime take immediate steps to return the country to civilian rule as soon as possible. The state of emergency declared yesterday must be immediately ended. Mr Morsi and his followers must also be forthwith released from their illegal detention in undisclosed locations.

Keadilan also demands swift action against those in the army and police who are responsible for atrocities against the Egyptian people. There can be no escape for those who commit crimes against their own people. Meanwhile, we are disappointed that there has been no firm position taken by the Malaysian government in this crisis; random tweets by the Prime Minister are an inadequate response. We call upon the Malaysian government to communicate their strong disapproval to the Egyptian regime and call upon them to end the violence.

Issued by,
N SURENDRAN
VICE PRESIDENT
KEADILAN

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