Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Womenfolk want a safer Sarawak

Sarawak women want more plainclothes policemen to patrol the streets in view of the increasing crime rate in the state.

The state PKRwomen’s wing also urged the police to identify high-risk areas and implement specific risk-control measures.

“We appeal to the police to do more to prevent snatch thefts and other crimes from happening, especially crimes against women and schoolchildren who have to walk home,” said its deputy chief Nurhanim Hanna Mokhsen.

She was speaking to reporters after handing over a letter of appeal to the Sarawak police department.

The letter of appeal was in response to the incident that involved the stabbing of three school girls, which left one dead and the other two seriously injured on March 11.

“Street crimes are rampant these days and many go unreported because of the long procedure in making police reports. We are seeking for more plainclothes policemen to be assigned to high-risk areas,” said Nurhanim.

Last year, Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak said the government had set the target of reducing street crimes by 20 percent by the end of 2009.

He said the government viewed with concern the need to check crime and as such, decided to make crime reduction one of the national key results areas.

courtesy of FreeMalaysiaToday

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