Thursday August 30, 2012
Police: Crime statistics not manipulated
He described accusations that the police had manipulated the statistics as baseless.
“It would be a big sin to manipulate the crime index to show a decrease in crime. If any police personnel is found manipulating these statistics, he or she will be dealt with severely,” he said after handing out certificates to law-abiding motorists at Bukit Aman yesterday.
Ismail said he welcomed constructive criticism and suggestions on ways to improve the police force.
Ismail was responding to a news portal report, which quoted former IGP Tan Sri Musa Hassan as saying that the Government should review its statistics or disprove allegations that its records were manipulated.
The Performance Management and Delivery Unit (Pemandu) had recently announced that the crime rate had dropped 10.1% to 63,221 cases between January and May compared to 70,343 cases last year.
In SHAH ALAM, Home Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein said it was better to engage in constructive programmes to create crime awareness rather than to reject or disparage the crime index.
He also called on Malaysians to be more inclusive in combating crime and not leave the responsibility solely on the shoulders of the police and other government agencies.
Speaking to reporters after launching a crime prevention and awareness campaign by the Malay-sian Indian Youth Development Foundation here, he said Phase 2 of the NKRA to lower crime rate would be more inclusive.