Saturday July 21, 2012
Selangor cops to give weekly updates on crime
By A. RUBAN
SHAH ALAM: The Selangor police will hold a weekly media briefing to ensure the public receive accurate information on crime.
Citing recent crime activities that were reported in social network sites, Home Minister Datuk Seri Hishamuddin Hussein said the briefing was necessary to disseminate undistorted information.
“There have been several occurrences of crime lately in malls here. Such occurrences were first seen via Facebook and other social networks.
“To avoid half baked stories and allegations, we have decided to hold weekly meetings with media representatives. This way, information received by the public will be straight from the horse's mouth,” he said at the Selangor police headquarters yesterday.
The briefing will start next week at the Selangor police headquarters.
Hishamuddin, who had earlier met top police officers in a closed-door meeting, also said speculative stories on the Internet on robberies at parking bays had caused losses for several malls.
On crime rate statistics in Selangor, Hishamuddin said there had been a drop but refused to elaborate further, adding that the men in blue were now concentrating on easing public fear.
“Our crime rate is down but public fear is high. Our job now is to bring down the public fear,” he said.
On reports that Jemaah Islamiah (JI) terrorists and former communists were trying to penetrate Pakatan Rakyat parties to become candidates for the general election, Hishamuddin said he had not received details on the matter.
“This is a sensitive issue. I cannot say this is true until I have seen all details,” he said.
Bukit Aman Social Extremist Division chief assistant director E2 (M) Datuk Mohd Sofian Md Makinuddin, who had revealed this at the Parliament building on Thursday, said Special Branch had detected JI elements trying to infiltrate PAS and elements of a communist movement into the DAP.
Mohd Sofian was quoted as saying that several leaders from Parti Sosialis Malaysia and PKR, who made frequent visits to Bangkok and southern Thailand, were believed to have attended meetings with former Malaysian Communist Party leaders.