Published: Saturday February 2, 2013 MYT 10:09:00 PM
Updated: Saturday February 2, 2013 MYT 10:13:06 PM
IGP: Do not pit people against each other
PETALING JAYA: All political parties should be responsible in maintaining peace and not incite the people to defend groups involved in crimes, said Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Ismail Omar.
There were quarters that tried to create unrest by defending such groups and run down the authorities and government through slander to seek political influence, he said.
"All parties need to be responsible and not exploit the situation by pitting the people over racial, religious and other issues," he told reporters after launching a Crime Awareness Day at the Sunway shopping centre.
He was replying to questions on tactics by certain opposition and non-governmental organisations in defending groups involved in crimes to garner votes.
At the event, Ismail conferred the rank of Honorary Assistance Commissioner of Police (ACP) on Sunway Group founder Tan Sri Dr Jeffrey Cheah, who is also the chairman of the Selangor Malaysian Crime Prevention Foundation.
Sunway Group was involved in developing the 'MyDistress' application for smartphone launched last year.
It enables members of the public to alert police through emergency signals when they witness a crime or were crime victims themselves