Politicians and Public Focus on JB Crime

Lots of discussion on the Jb crime problem has emerged, along with news reports. I’m surprised not many letters to the papers have emerged, though.

For the first news report below, the ratio of police to civilians is given as 1 : 3000, when the ideal ratio should be 1 : 250.

This quoted ideal ratio is very close to the actual current ratio of police to probable criminals calculated in my post Ratio of Johor Police to Potential Male Criminals. I reached a ratio of 1 : 282.


From The Star 22 June 2007:

Do more to tackle crime

JOHOR BARU: Community leaders welcomed the Cabinet’s directive to place more policemen and patrol cars in the city but said more needed to be done to combat the recent spate of crime. 

Johor Jaya assemblyman Tan Cher Puk, whose constituency is a crime-prone area, said he had received many calls from people who had expressed their happiness over the directive. 

“However, more should be done in the long-term to combat crime. In Masai and Johor Jaya, the ratio of police to civilians is about 1:3,000. The ideal ratio is 1:250. 

“So the new district police headquarters planned for the area is very much needed,” he said. 

On Wednesday, the Cabinet asked the police to deploy 400 more policemen and 200 more police vehicles on the streets of Johor Baru. 

State DAP chairman Dr Boo Cheng Hau, who works in Skudai, said Johor had the second highest crime rate in the country but the second lowest police manpower ratio. 

Kempas state assemblyman Osman Sapian said the elected representatives in the state were embarrassed that police were acting only after the public started protesting. 

“The increase of 400 personnel is not enough. The number should be doubled to make the situation ‘more comfortable’ as the city has a population of about one million,” he said. 

Mengkibol state assemblyman Gan Ping Sieu called on the police to be more transparent with crime statistics and conduct daily press conferences on cases of high interest. 

“The police should also share details on the crime rate, the type of cases, crime-prone areas and the general modus operandi of criminals with the public,” he added.  


From The Star 22 June 2007:

Crime the main issue at Johor assembly

JOHOR BARU: Public safety and crime continued to be the focus in the Johor State Assembly yesterday, along with suggestions to impose stiffer penalties for snatch thefts. 

Even during the assembly’s 20-minute recess, many representatives were heard discussing the crime situation as they flipped through the newspapers. 

Earlier, Senai state assemblyman Chun Yoon Fook suggested that snatch theft be made a non bailable offence and be punished with mandatory whipping and longer jail sentences. 

“Heavier punishment will hopefully make the criminals reluctant to commit these crimes,” he said. 

Chun said that unlike armed robbery, which was seen as a serious offence, people still viewed snatch theft as a petty crime. 

“Many people complain that arrested suspects are seen on the streets again after a few days as they manage to raise bail,” he said, adding that the crime situation had become “critical” in the state.  

Meanwhile, Tangkak assemblyman Yap Chik Dong proposed that the Territorial Army units be deployed to support and help the police in crime prevention. 

He said the shortage of manpower in the police force had given criminals a free rein in the state. 

On another matter, Johor Lama state assembly representative Asiah Md Ariff suggested that both parents be punished in the cases of babies being abandoned, instead of just the child’s mother facing the rap by herself. 

“Under the Penal Code now, only the mother of the baby faces a 20-year jail term for abandoning a baby. This is not fair. 

“The father should also face similar punishment,” she said in her speech.  

She claimed that the state had the second-highest number of abandoned newborn babies and blamed the situation on deteriorating moral values among the youth. 


From The Star 22 June 2007:

118,000 signatures collected within a week

JOHOR BARU: The Johor Baru Tiong Hua Federation collected 118,000 signatures for a petition protesting against the rising crime rate in the city in less than a week. 

The federation’s manager, Eric Ku, said 70,000 of the signatures were collected online, with half of it coming from non-Johor Baru residents. 

“We received very good support from the Chinese associations in Malacca and Negri Sembilan,” said Ku, adding that they would stop the campaign on Sunday. The public can support of the petition at www. jbtalks.cc/petition or at the federation’s office in Wisma Tiong-Hua in Taman Sri Tebrau. 

“Some people have taken the initiative to photocopy our forms and place them at shop counters, so that others can sign the petition too.  

“Those with enquiries can reach me at 07-2788 999 or 07-2788 899,” Ku said. 

He reminded the public that the federation had not held any public demonstration except for the dialogue between the police and state assemblymen in their building. 

“If you get any SMS or e-mail linking any public demonstration to us, it is not true. We do things the peaceful way,” he said.  

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