Crime in­dex down by 47pc since start of NKRA

New Straits Times - - News -

SHAH ALAM: The crime rate has been re­duced by 47 per cent since the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the Na­tional Key Re­sult Area (NKRA) on crime un­der the Na­tional Trans­for­ma­tion Pro­gramme (NTP).

Prime Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Na­jib Razak said dur­ing the early stages of NTP, the na­tional crime in­dex rose by three per cent.

How­ever, with measures such as the Mod­ern Polic­ing Ini­tia­tive, the gov­ern­ment was able to re­duce crime na­tion­wide, he said.

“We should be grate­ful that the cit­i­zens of this na­tion en­joy a life of peace and har­mony, and are gen­er­ally safe from crim­i­nal el­e­ments,” he said at the pre­sen­ta­tion of the NTP Re­port 2016 at De­wan Agung Tuanku Chan­cel­lor, Univer­siti Te­knologi Mara, here yes­ter­day.

He said the Global Peace In­dex 2016 had ranked Malaysia as among the 30 most peace­ful na­tions in the world.

He said NTP had im­proved the lives of 6.2 mil­lion Malaysians liv­ing in ru­ral ar­eas through the NKRA on ru­ral de­vel­op­ment.

Deputy Prime Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Dr Ah­mad Zahid Hamidi in the re­port said the fig­ures sug­gested that the num­ber of res­i­dents fil­ing crime re­ports had in­creased, but it did not di­rectly in­di­cate that there was an in­crease in the num­ber of crimes.

“It pos­si­bly sug­gests the in­crease in vig­i­lance of the rakyat in fil­ing crime re­ports. The anal­ogy of ‘tip of the ice­berg’ can be ap­plied this con­text,” he said.

Sec­tion 6 Rukun Te­tangga chair­man Ra­jesh Man­sukhlal, in re­sponse to the re­duced crime rate, said po­lice should also take into con­sid­er­a­tion petty crimes, such as un­re­solved snatch thefts and break-ins.

“The re­duced crime rate is good, but how in­clu­sive is it? They should take small crimes by mak­ing it eas­ier to file po­lice re­ports, so they are counted in the in­dex,” he told the New Straits Times.

He added that the age­ing pop­u­la­tion had dif­fi­culty fil­ing re­ports when they be­came vic- tims of crime, thus, po­lice had to find a way to ease the process to get the over­all crime rate.

The Per­cep­tion of Crime In­di­ca­tor reg­is­tered a de­cline in Kuala Lumpur res­i­dents’ fear of be­com­ing vic­tims of crime to 61 per cent last year from 80 per cent in 2015.

This, Zahid said, re­flected a marked im­prove­ment in ad­dress­ing the pub­lic’s most pressing con­cerns about crime and safety as the coun­try em­barked on a more tar­geted ap­proach to com­bat crime.

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