Thursday September 27, 2012
Hisham: Cops need more cash
PUTRAJAYA: The shift in trend from street crime to violent crime, gangsterism and the emergence of new crime hotspots such as parking lots, shopping malls and housing areas underlines the need for sufficient police personnel, said Home Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein.
He hoped Budget 2013 would provide sufficient funds to increase the number of police officers in the country.
The police also need more staff to manage the second phase of the Crime National Key Results Area (NKRA), which will cast a wider net on criminal activity and area of coverage.
Aside from hiring more police officers, the minister said they have also requested that the Budget covers four other issues.
This includes the purchase of new motorcycles for police to use on patrol and additional funds to train volunteer policemen.
Money is also needed for specific subsidies for security products such as pepper spray, personal alarms and smartphone applications such as My Distress.
Separately, in Petaling Jaya, Health Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai hoped to have greater allocation under the Budget for research and development (R&D) in the field of healthcare.
“Because research evidence plays a key role in decision-making and policy formulation in healthcare, the ministry is looking into ways to improve career pathways and performance incentives for researchers,” he said in his speech at the launch of the Sixth National Conference on Clinical Research at Putra World Trade Centre here yesterday.
On another matter, Liow dismissed fears of a tuberculosis (TB) outbreak in Ipoh.
He said there had been just one positive case of TB detected involving a 17-year-old student of SMK Tasek.
Liow said 34 people had tested positive when the mantoux skin test was conducted, but further tests revealed they were not infected.