Published: Thursday June 21, 2012 MYT 5:17:00 PM
Updated: Thursday June 21, 2012 MYT 7:34:27 PM
Home Ministry clarifies that S'gor crime rate is down
By YUEN MEIKENG
KUALA LUMPUR: The Home Ministry has retracted its written reply given to Tony Pua (DAP-Petaling Jaya Utara) regarding the crime rate in the country.
Ministry secretary-general Datuk Abdul Rahim Mohamad Radzi said there was a mistake in the figures provided in the answer on Tuesday, due to a typographical error.
In its correction, the new numbers show that the crime rate in Selangor dropped from 49,469 cases in 2010 to 44,302 cases last year.
The ministry's written reply to Pua had originally said the crime rate in the state increased by 11.6% from 39,691 in 2010 to 44,302 cases last year.
"The previous written reply is now null and void. It also has nothing to do with the claims by Pua about the failure of the Government Transformation Programme," said Abdul Rahim in a statement.
He said the ministry hoped that the explanation was able to rectify the mistake in the statistics.
"The ministry will ensure that no such errors will be repeated in future," Abdul Rahim said.
At a press conference in the Parliament lobby Thursday, Pua questioned the conflicting figures given about the Selangor crime rate.
He said even though the ministry claimed there was a typographical error, the figures for violent and property crimes added up correctly in the written reply.
"So it is a very good typo," he said.
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