Malaysia is not unique in facing the risk of increasing world crime rate each year.
Therefore, in a mission to reduce the country’s index crime and at the same time to provide the people with security, the Barisan Nasional government has placed national security at the highest order of importance through the Reducing Crime National Key Results Area (NKRA).
The Reducing Crime NKRA has adapted a new perspective to revitalise the criminal justice system and increase the quality of service in crime eradication. The goals and summary of the Reducing Crime NRA are elaborated through this video clip:
Led by the Ministry of Home Affairs, the Reducing Crime NKRA is focused on every aspect of crime fighting beginning from prevention, early detection, arrests, court trial, prison system and rehabilitation process.
At the same time, the Reducing Crime NKRA is also targeted at the initiative to improve society’s perception on the police and also improve the quality of service from the Royal Malaysian Police Force (PDRM).
Since its establishment in 2009, the Reducing Crime NKRA has given its focus on planning, providing, coordinating and monitoring the 55 initiatives identified by the NKRA laboratory.
In general, the Reducing Crime NKRA has exceeded its initial target set in the Government Transformation Program (GTP) when the country’s index crime rate has fallen dramatically, with violent crimes solved promptly, police stations improved in terms of quality and more police officers mobilised to serve the people.
In 2011, the Reducing Crime NKRA continued to focus on the efforts of the existing five NKPI 2010:
Index Crime comprises of 14 serious crime categories that occur with sufficient frequency and they can serve as a main index to the overall crime situation in Malaysia.
Focus is given to efforts in fighting critical crimes such as vehicle theft that make up 43.55% of the overall Index Crime (especially cannibalisation of spare parts and cross border smuggling).
Existing initiatives such as confiscations and arrests through national police operations, stakeouts and the use of decoys have been updated and restructured to improve the effectiveness of PDRM in fighting crime.
Meanwhile in 2011, a total of 1,100 MCAD access devices were introduced to enable vehicle registration checks be conducted online. At the same time a workshop to formulate strategies in fighting vehicle theft was also launched.
In order to realise this target, several main programmes have been launched – including but not limited to – the Omnipresence Programme, the extension of Safe City Programme to 151 PBTs, Prison Improvement Programme, the setting up of 10 Care and Cure Clinics for drug addicts and coordinating 39 Care and Cure Service Centres.
The feelings of fear or being threatened will bring about a debilitating effect in any society. Therefore handling or balancing the fear of becoming a victim of crime is very important. In achieving the 50% reduction in fear of becoming a victim of crime, TNS Research International (TNS) has been commissioned to conduct surveys to monitor the fear sentiment amongst the public.
In tandem with efforts to reduce Index Crime and Street Crime, several new initiatives to bring criminals to justice were also introduced.
In 2001, the criminal justice system was given a new life with an increase in workforce and more enhanced evidence gathering techniques.
This NKPI was established to gauge the public perception on the quality of service provided by PDRM.
Several initiatives were implemented including Customer Service Rating or CSR devices rolled out to police stations, high profiling policing measures in strategic locations, roundtable discussions with non-governmental organisations (NGO) in regards to issues of crime, Meet The Public Day, and the implementation of Balai League Table.
The stepping-stone achieved under the Reducing Crime NKRA also received neutral third party recognition from abroad.
The Global Peace Index coordinated by Peace and Economics Institute based in Sydney, Australia has declared Malaysia as the most peaceful country in South East Asia.
The Global Peace Index (GPI) has also placed Malaysia as the fourth safest country in the Asia Pacific region after New Zealand, Japan and Australia. In the eyes of the world, Malaysia sits at the 19th position in the safest and most peaceful countries chart out of 153 countries in the world. This is the fifth consecutive year in which Malaysia recorded an improvement in the GPI ranking.
The success of the Reducing Crime NKRA cannot be denied when the National Key Performance Index (NKPI) in the 2011 report showed the following chart: