Malaysia

Hisham says attacks ‘isolated’ despite rising fear of violent crime

By Shazwan Mustafa Kamal
June 10, 2012
Latest Update: June 11, 2012 02:55 pm

The minister said national crime statistics do not indicate a surge in violent offences. — File picThe minister said national crime statistics do not indicate a surge in violent offences. — File picSERDANG, June 10 — The country’s crime rate has seen no increase, Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein said today, insisting recent cases of violent crime were “isolated” despite growing concern over public safety especially in the Klang Valley.

The home minister said blowing a few cases out of proportion would create a perception that Malaysia was unsafe country, when official data showed otherwise.

“The numbers have not increased from the past. One or two cases... you show me one country where there is no kidnapping.

“Don’t exploit [the incidents] to make this something political,” he told reporters here, referring to yesterday’s assault and mugging of Bersih steering committee member Wong Chin Huat.

Wong was left with bloodied after being attacked while jogging in Petaling Jaya yesterday morning, while teacher Teoh Soo Kim, 51, is fighting for her life after suffering severe head injuries during her abduction on Wednesday.

“Two cases do not affect the National Key Result Areas (NKRA) on crime,” the Umno vice president stressed.

But the minister refused to elaborate when asked how the annual reduction in crime was calculated, saying that elaborating on the methodology was futile if it has been pre-judged.

“It is calculated by international bodies. If people are already prejudiced, (then there is) no point in me saying how it is calculated.”

He said the government had promised a reduction only in street crime, and this pledge did not extend to other types of offences.

“When we started [the NKRA on Crime], it was 50 hotspots for street crime. What we promised was street crime... (Now) other areas have to (be) given attention.”

On the separate issue of the Home Ministry’s delay in releasing its Bersih 3.0 video compilation, Hishammuddin said he would first wait for the government-appointed panel to finish its probe on the April 20 rally.

“We don’t want to pre-empt the panel. We abide by procedures and good practices, they should be given the space (to investigate),” he said.