August 1, 2013
MY COMMENT: I agree, we in Malaysia are no longer safe. Law and Order has broken down. Crime is on the rise and corruption is rampant. Why more power for the Police? Power, to do what? We have enough laws but we lack the political will to go after drug bosses and hardened criminals, and fight corruption. For that, we need a well equipped and disciplined people-centred Police Force that has not compromised itself. There is no point wearing the Anti-Corruption badge, if corruption in the Force from top to the street cop is apparently quite rampant. –-Din Merican
More Police Power, says the NST Editorial
Shootings appear to have become a pernicious assassination modus operandi
MALAYSIA in the last few months is looking less than that safe haven that Malaysians come home to. A place where, generally, people are free to move without fear of being attacked, let alone shot dead in broad daylight. A snatch theft, sometimes resulting in death, used to be of great concern as the violence increased. But no longer. In the last three weeks, in Penang alone, five shooting incidents occurred, several of them fatal. In April, a senior Customs official was shot dead on his way to work. The case is yet to be solved. More recently, the head of an anti-crime watchdog group was shot in Seremban. He is fighting for his life. The latest incident involved the first chief executive officer of AmBank, who was gunned down in Kuala Lumpur in broad daylight, killing him and injuring his wife.
Another high-profile fatal shooting amid a spate of shootings involved even a teacher and a youngster, and it seems like it is happening all over the peninsula: Penang, Kelantan, Selangor, Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya. These latter victims seem too innocuous to warrant such aggression, which naturally leaves every Malaysian concerned for their own safety because nobody can confirm why all this is happening and tell the public to calm down because small fries do not matter. And, what about the large cache of firearms seized recently in Kelantan, where apparently guns are for hire. It seems to have arrived at the point where every crook can become a hired gun.
The Prime Minister promises to get tough and act to stem serious crimes. This will be brought up in the next parliamentary sitting, aiming to strengthen police powers, enabling them to act accordingly against such criminals. An important caveat here is: how is police brutality preventable? Another possible cause of the rampant rise in serious crime is the repeal of the Emergency Ordinance (EO) some two years ago which poured more than 2,000 hardened criminals, including drug bosses, back into society without proper measures being put in place to curb them. However, the bill to replace the EO is already with the Attorney-General’s Chambers and has high priority given that danger is ever present. Meanwhile, the Police — uniformed and intelligence — should be ever present, everywhere. A uniform walking around is a deterrent to the petty criminal, but organised crime needs the presence of the plainclothes, undercover agent working the vice grapevine. Armed police personnel are the short cut solution, but as the arguments go, this poses the danger of an armed backlash from the criminals.