Police slammed for glossing over crime index

‘IGP glossing over crime index’

IPOH Timor MP Lim Kit Siang accused the Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Musa Hassan of trying to gloss over the worsening crime index by claiming that it was purely a problem of misperception.

He called on Barisan Nasional and Pakatan Rakyat MPs to take a common stand in Parliament today to reject Musa’s ploy.

Over the weekend, Musa and Deputy IGP Tan Sri Ismail Omar said the latest statistics showed the crime index in Hong Kong, Japan and Australia were worse than the figures in Malaysia.

Musa said the figures showed that Malay­sia was a relatively safe country with 772 crimes for every 100,000 residents and this ratio compared favourably with Hong Kong where there were 1,166 cases for every 100,000 residents, Japan 1,569 cases and Australia 4,470 cases.

Lim said the statistics were misleading.

For instance, Malaysia has 90.49 cases of robbery per 100,000 population compared with 4.78 cases in Japan and 17.56 in Hong Kong while homicide was 2.12 per 100,000 compared with 1.09 in Japan and 0.26 in Hong Kong, he said.

Rape per 100,000 population in Malaysia was 11.47 compared with 1.62 in Japan and 1.54 in Hong Kong.

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