Friday, February 8, 2013

Phony Crime Statistics

Crime in Malaysia has been skyrocketing. The public knows it but the Malaysian police are in denial mode. On Wednesday, crime watchdog MyWatch alleged that the police had downsized the national crime statistics, just to prove to us that crime is down!
 
MyWatch (Webpage http://www.malaysiakini.com/news/220855) provided copies of an internal memo dated October 13, 2011 purportedly issued by federal police CID chief Bakri Zinin to the media that is telling us that the police have been bluffing us big-time! For the period from January to October 2011, there were 30,200 cases of burglary and house break-ins – a figure released publicly by the police – but in actual fact, there were 43,792 cases! Then for snatch and robbery without firearms, the published PDRM crime index showed 7,324 cases when actually, there were 17,882 cases.

Wow, just stabs on the keyboard and we can reduce crime substantially! Malaysian police have done an outstanding job to reduce crime in this country!
 
MyWatch also said that serious crimes such as criminal intimidation, kidnapping, extortion and causing grievous hurt are classified as non-index crimes, which are not included in the national crime statistics.
 
The above reflects 2011 data. I bet you the real crime numbers will have soared in 2012. And yet, Malaysia is touted to be a safe place to stay – at least that is what the police and the politicians want everybody to believe!

On Thursday, I was in Tower 1 of the Petronas Twin Towers for the Pesona Toastmasters meeting. I gave a CC speech #7 (titled “Women Rule the World”) and I was evaluated by Mas Rizal. I was also voted Best Speaker. Overall, I did have a good meeting and I would give it a score of a 7 out of a 10.
































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