IGP: Zero tolerance for street crimes
NST:Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar announcing
his plans for a Crime Prevention Department
at Bukit Aman, Kuala Lumpur yesterday. At
right is his deputy, Datuk Seri Bakri Zinin.
Pic by Aizuddin Saad
THREE CHALLENGES: Focus on public order,
crime prevention and police integrity
KUALA LUMPUR: The nation's top cop yesterday
outlined his plans for zero tolerance
towards crime, especially street crimes, by
announcing plans to create a department
dedicated to crime prevention.
Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid
Abu Bakar told reporters at Bukit Aman
yesterday that the Crime Prevention
Department would be dedicated to reducing
all types of crimes.
He declined to reveal who would be chosen to
lead the department, saying he had to first
seek approval from the Home Ministry.
The New Straits Times learnt that
Commissioner Datuk Ayub Yaakob, who is the
Crime Reduction National Key Result Areas (NKRA)
Secretariat chairman, has been tipped to
lead the proposed department.
Khalid said the three main challenges he
currently faced were public order, crime
prevention and integrity among the police.
Although a tall order, he said he relished
"This is a new era as old legislations have
been phased out and replaced by new ones.
"The Peaceful Assembly Act 2012 is a good
example, replacing a section of the Police
Act," he said on public order.
"But while more freedom has been given, it
is important to ensure that it is not abused
and lines are not crossed. We are still a
country governed by law and democracy."
"The second challenge of crime prevention is
not something new but I am now setting the
record straight, it will be a zero tolerance
policy on crime, especially street crimes."
He would be meeting senior police officers
together with his deputy, Datuk Seri Bakri
Zinin, to draw up strategies to tackle the
various issues plaguing the public.
"We will make announcements in stages to
update the public on what we are doing and
the actions being implemented. Rest assured,
reducing the fear of crime among the public
is one of my priorities."
Khalid threw down the gauntlet to his senior
officers at all levels of the force, saying
they were responsible for the integrity of
"We will work closer with the Malaysian
Anti-Corruption Commission and the Malaysian
Institute of Integrity to ensure the
policemen and women of the force live up to
the standards expected."
On the Blackout 505 rallies currently being
held nationwide, he said it was important
that the organisers fulfilled the conditions
of the PAA 2012 and give police advance
"The conditions are there for a reason.
Whether the organisers claim that it is a
peaceful gathering or not is immaterial as
police presence is still required.
"We have to ensure the location chosen by
the organisers is secure, traffic flow is
not disrupted, and most importantly, to
ensure there are no other events being held
at the same venue or nearby."
NST, Thursday 23 May 2013