SHAH ALAM, 6 Nov: The Royal Malaysian Police (PDRM) acknowledges that Selangor is the choice ‘destination’ for criminal activities such as shooting and other social ills which are believed to be a result of overcrowding.
Selangor Police Chief, Datuk Mohd Shukri Dahlan, said that the people of this state are of various races and foreigners often visit the state for a variety of reasons, where some of them have been found to take advantage and commit crime.
He said that the crime index in Malaysia, as a whole, is greatly influenced by events in Selangor, at a rate of about 40 percent.
“Usually, the crime rate in Malaysia depends of the rate in Selangor because this state is part of the Klang Valley. Although there has been an increase in crime by five percent as of August, the Selangor police have managed to reduce it to six percent recently.
Shukri said that it is not fair for some people to make allegations that the police has failed to carry out their duties well in handling such cases. However, he does not deny that the crime rate in Selangor is worrisome and that they will always work to monitor and address the problem aggressively.
“This does not mean that is Selangor is filled with crime stories, therefore the people assume that the police doing their job. We do not deny that crime in Selangor needs to be addressed aggressively, however, the police is always mobilising our members and we are striving to reduce crime and social problems that is occurring in this state in a holistic manner,” he said.
He said that the Special OPS Cantas and roadblocks which are often held in several focus areas in the state has managed to reduce the crime rate by four to six percent as of early this month.
“The Selangor police will continue this effort as one of the measures to curb crime, in addition to improving strategies to endure that the situation and safety of the people is back under control. Moreover, it cannot be denied that the dissolution of two laws; the Internal Security Act (ISA) and the Emergency Ordinance (EO) has affected the increase in crime in this country.
He said that the implementation of the two laws, which allows for detention without trial, is effective in preventing criminals from committing offences because they are placed in detention camps for a certain period.
Earlier, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MOHA) confirmed that Selangor recorded the highest crime index compared to other state, involving a total of 32,348 cases from January to September this year.
From the total, motorcycle theft showed the highest frequency with 9,689 cases, followed by burglary and robbery cases (5,682), gang robbery without firearms (4,583) and car theft (4,370). Meanwhile 293 rape cases have been recorded, murder cases (124), snatch theft (698) and wounding (868).
Crime in Selangor has been recorded as the highest in the past five consecutive years which is for years 2008 (57,752 cases), 2009 (54,994), 2010 (49,69), 2011 (44,302) and 2013 (40,629).
In addition, Selangor has the highest narcotic offences with 18,602 arrests, while 18,063 are already police cases involving cases of trafficking, possession, misuse and addiction. It also remains on the top for recording about 15 deaths due to shooting, starting January to September.