Following the recent spate of daring mafia-like shootings in broad daylight and stung by public criticism, the Malaysian mata-mata (police) finally moved their butts to launch an operation to nab the bad guys.
Fully equipped and in some cases doubly armed with pistols and submachine guns, bulletproof vests and Kelvar helmets, the police went on a blitz against the underworld and violent criminals (Star 26 Aug 2013)
This hopefully meant that the police themselves have finally acknowledged that the crime scene in Bolehland is not as rosy as they would or have Malaysians believe.
Or just another blowing hot and cold knee jerk response and overkill.
Now the police are claiming that "Ops Cantas Khas" has successfully reduced crimes.
Not so fast, dear.
Everyone knows that while an operation is on against them, criminal elements and the underworld would lie low and go into hiding for a while.
Whether the crime rate has been "cantas" (slashed) only time will tell.
The thing to be considered is whether the fight against crimes and criminals will be a sustained effort or whether, as usual, things will return to status quo - meaning, the police force going back to more desk work rather than be more on the crime beat.
The trouble with the Malaysian police - at least, the upper echelon - is that they are a tad too sensitive.
Not too surprising.
We had a police chief who openly defied his boss then Home Minister in charge of the police department and former Pm, when the latter had suggested the setting up of an Independent Police Complaints and Misconduct Commission (IPCMC)
It was unfortunate that the Badawi administration was so afraid of the police force that not a whimper was heard afterwards as to the establishment of the much needed IPCMC.
It is ironic that the same police chief who had openly defied his boss should now be the guy behind My Watch, talking of inefficiency and corruption in the current police force when Malaysians had largely thought the same of him and the police force that he had led.
It also didn't help that we had a past immediate Home Minister who was eminently good at chiding the public for harbouring the wrong perception of the crime scene in Bolehland instead of arse kissing the official one.
It does not help that we have a current Home Minister who started off his tenure self-righteously hollering Malaysians to just pack up and leave the country if they were not happy with the electoral system practised here, as if the country belonged to his grandfather, and who himself had been the subject of an assault suit.
And what is this about the police having a "friendly chat" with the school kids in their parents' absence? if "they wouldn't know anything" in the first place?
The Malaysian police have a lot of work to do to regain the confidence and trust of the public at large.