Coalition wants zero tolerance policy against crime
The legislators from the coalition last week urged the government to take firm action against crime. MP Amzad Abdoel, acting leader of the NDP faction, explained that it is necessary. “I miss a strong stance and firm actions of the government. In times of crisis there must be a zero tolerance policy against armed robberies and burglaries,” said MP Abdoel during the general political discussions in parliament. “I am looking forward to a strong answer from the government.” During the discussion of the additional budget for 2016 Justice and Police Minister Jennifer van Dijk-Silos had pointed out that there were not enough tools to tackle crime accordingly. Police Commissioner Agnes Daniel had also pointed out that the police force turns this way and that to carry out patrols as was the case several years ago. MP Abdoel made it clear that tackling crime must be a priority in a time of crisis because robbers do not hold back. “We are aware of the fact that in times of crisis people with bad intentions deem a life of crime as the only possible solution. We are once again seeing a wave of robberies and break-ins. Citizens are being robbed and assaulted in their own homes. There is hardly any counseling for the victims which is why they are stuck with the trauma,” said MP Abdoel who added that the people are living in fear because of the actions of robbers. MP Abdoel pointed out that he is looking forward to stricter measures against crime. It is expected that the coalition will plead for more money for the 2017 budget of the Ministry of Justice and Police.