Retired inspector-general of police Musa Hassan has been waved off as a “publicity seeker” for accusing the government of attempting to suppress crime statistics.
Malaysia Crime Prevention Foundation (MCPF) executive council member Robert Phang said that according to statistics, reported crime was at its highest during Musa’s (left) tenure as the country’s top cop.
Phang said that he was called to participate at a dialogue titled Reducing Crime International Panel Review Session on July 5, where Performance Management and Delivery Unit (Pemandu) provided details of the total number of reported crimes since 2001.
“According to the statistics revealed by Pemandu at the dialogue, the crime rate surged in Malaysia from 2006 to 2009. We will notice on record that prior to 2006, the crime rate was under control,” he noted in a statement yesterday.
Phang said that crime in 2010 had “reduced significantly” to 177,520 from 209,817 in 2009, praising Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak and Home Minister Hishammuddin Hussein for embarking on “painstaking efforts to implement crime prevention programmes”.
“It was also on record that from 2006 to 2009, there was a massive transfer of experienced crime-busting CID officers,” he said.
He added that this could have inevitably caused the crime rate rise in that period.
Advice in hindsight for ex IGP
Vouching for its reliability, he said that the data was from the long-used Police Reporting System (PRS).
In lambasting Musa, Phang (left) added that the former IGP should have pointed out that the PRS system was not functioning well during his term in office and should have put in more effort to “redress” the issue.
He also challenged Musa to seriously provide a truthful explanation for the surge under his watch.
“Was it due to the sudden massive transfer of experienced PDRM officers? Resulting in a vacuum for the force?,” he asked.
“In light of the facts, please don’t be a sour grape or a publicity seeker,”said Phang.
He added that if Musa is sincerely concerned about preventing and fighting crime, he should work with the police force.
“Musa, please show your sincerity or otherwise, please keep your mouth shut. For the people and country, you must show your wholehearted support for the Reducing Crime National Key Results Area (NKRA),” he said.