The authorities have been telling Malaysians that the crime rate has been falling and that the problem is really one of wrong perception on the part of the rakyat.
So, the government plans to spend some Rm272 million to try to correct the perception.
What a bloody waste of public fund!
It is alright if the government wants to play mind games with themselves, but it is another thing to do the same on the rakyat.
Malaysians don't feel safe. And it has nothing to do with perception
Just yesterday's issue of the Malay daily Harian Metro carried several crime news items.
One concerned a taxi driver who was reported to have been violently assaulted but managed to run about 200m away before collapsing and dying near a Christian cemetery in Cheras.
Another one was the report of a girl being kidnapped by two Mynmarese men while she was wanting for the bus at a bus stop and then taken to a house where several other Mynmarese were waiting. They all were reported to have taken turns to rape her.
What about the crimes that go unreported everyday, because Malaysians are losing faith in the police anyway?
What the authorities should do is just put the 110,000 strong police force to work on the crime watch instead of having many of them being desk bound.
We have one of the world's highest police to population ratios at one policeman to every 257 Malaysians?!
And to give the ultimate lie to the authorities' claim that crime rate is actually falling and that the problem is really one of perception on the part of the rakyat, the government has also decided to increase massively the number of policemen next year!
If indeed crime rate is falling, doesn't it make good sense that the government should reduce the size of the Malaysian police force to save costs, especially now that our public debt is at a dangerous level of close to 55% of the nation's GDP?