The police today denied claims that statistics had been manipulated to paint a false picture of the crime rate, pointing out that their achievements are “real” while the allegations are inaccurate and misleading.
“All reported crimes, regardless of which Penal Code sections or category of crimes they come under, WILL contribute to the crime statistics. And this will be further enhanced by the Online Report Tracking System under Beta testing at the moment and due for launch late 2012.
File photo of policemen on duty to face protestors in Kuala Lumpur. The police have said there is no factual basis or evidence to the allegation that crime statistics is manipulated or ‘doctored’.
“The achievements of PDRM and improvements by way of the NKRA are real, as are its initiatives, such as Omnipresence, Safe City Programme, Investigation Enhancement, Frontline Servicing,” ACP Ramli Mohamed Yoosuf from Bukit Aman’s public relations department said in a statement.
On August 22, an anonymous letter, purportedly written by a policeman who penned his name as Sumun Osram, had alleged that crime cases were being methodically manipulated into “non-index” offences that were not registered as part of official statistics presented by PEMANDU.
In Malaysia, the police divide crime into two categories, index and non-index — the former defined as crime, which is reported with sufficient regularity and significance to be meaningful, indicates the crime situation while the latter is regarded as minor in nature.
Following the letter’s appearance, Pakatan Rakyat leaders had urged the federal government to rebut the allegation regarding the manipulation of crime data.
Despite repeated calls for clarification PEMANDU and the police have kept silent until now.
“Definitions of Index and Non-Index Crimes, as well as the Investigation and Prosecution processes have been instituted long before the introduction of the NKRA programme. There is no factual basis or evidence to the allegation that crime statistics is manipulated or ‘doctored’.
“The writer, if indeed a police personnel, has not been long in the force, has clearly no understanding on how policing processes and crime investigations are conducted. To avoid doubts and misunderstanding due to misrepresentation as demonstrated by the writer, PDRM would like to gracefully extend an invitation to any member of the public an opportunity to come forward and share their concerns with us,” Ramli said.
Last month, PEMANDU defended itself from public criticism after a spate of crime incidents that seem to contradict with the image painted by its crime statistics.
The agency, along with the police and Home Ministry, had continued to stand by its claim that the country’s crime rate has dipped considerably since initiatives under the Government Transformation Programme (GTP) were put in place two years ago.
PEMANDU’s crime reduction NKRA (national key results areas) director Eugene Teh had in July released fresh statistics to show that index crime in Malaysia dropped by 10.1 per cent from January to May this year compared to the same period last year.
PEMANDU had earlier released figures to show that index crime had dropped by 11.1 per cent from 2010 to last year while street crime dipped 39.7 per cent in the same period.
They have never been admitting any wrong, ever. Did they?
They will, when snowflake can survive in hell and pigs start flying.
Even if what was revealed was 100 percent true, you do not expect the PDRM, PEMANDU or even the PM to admit, right? Have you ever in your life come across anytime when those in high authority admitted they were wrong, dishonest, liars, con-men, corrupt and so on? Will a corrupt person admit being corrupt? Even when there is evidence that clearly proves guilty, the corrupt person will still want to plead not guilty.
Denial! Denial, denial...Its no different from saying the statistics are Correct! Correct! Correct!
Show us the raw data (if its not an Official Secret) and we will make our own conclusions.
PDRM is a laughing stok supporting UMNO and BN