Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Minister Sleeping at Home?

Remember on December 4th last year, when the Home Minister, Datuk Syed Hamid Albar announced that he is appointing "an expert in criminal studies from a local university to do research on crime rate in the country in an effort to convince the people that the crime rate in Malaysia is lower than that in several other countries" such as Japan and Hong Kong.

Hence I took the opportunity to ask the Minister in one of my oral questions on the status of the above "study". The reply was as follows:
Untuk makluman Ahli-ahli Yang Berhormat dan Dewan Yang Mulia ini, perkara ini masih lagi dalam peringkat awal perbincangan di antara Polis Diraja Malaysia dengan Universiti Sains Malaysia. Memorandum persefahaman akan ditandatangani dengan pihak universiti berkenaan sebelum sebarang tindakan susulan diambil.
Sigh... despite the fact that the study is obviously contrived, the above really shows how much importance the Ministry is attaching to fighting crime in this country. Even a "study" announced since early December, has after more than 3 months, not even started!

It was after all, the Government who harped that crime in Malaysia is "all perception", when in "fact" we are much safer than many of these countries. The statistics provided were all debunked by the DAP MPs.

What is so complicated with such a study that it takes more than 3 months to come up with a "memorandum persefahaman"?
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