Another Child is Missing
This is what BERNAMA reported on 8 January 2008 quoting what PM had said:
Commenting on the crime index, Abdullah said the police must give an explanation to the public in the best manner possible to ensure that it did not affect the inflow of foreign capital. He clarified that the crime index in the country was said to have increased as the police had added five new categories to the existing 14 categories.And this is what the STAR reported on 10 January 2008:
"The five new categories are criminal intimidation, defamation, blackmail, causing injury and rioting," he said. He said the addition of the five categories was based on the increase in police reports on the matter.
Abdullah said if the crime index were to remain at the existing 14 categories, it would show a decline.
So which is which? Did they reduce or increase the categories?
More crimes last year, but fewer violent ones
KUALA LUMPUR: The crime index increased by 7% last year but the number of violent crimes, especially armed robberies and robberies without firearms, dropped significantly. Acting CID director Deputy Commissioner Datuk Acryl Sani Abdulah Sani said the main reason for the increase in the crime index was the rising number of property crimes, especially motorcycle theft.
“The number of murder cases too dropped from 606 in 2006 to 588 last year while rape cases increased by 29% from 2,454 cases in 2006 to 3,177 for the corresponding period last year.
“We are doing our best and will continue to do more patrols on foot, motorcycles and patrol cars,” he said.
DCP Acryl said the police had reduced the number of crime types in the index, from 18 to 14.
He said crimes like molestation, extortion, criminal intimidation and rioting (brawl involving at least five people) that was included in 2006 to reflect part of the crime index had been removed.
“There is no cover-up here as Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, during Tuesday’s crime briefing, clearly said that we must be transparent and present the truth to the public,” he said.
DCP Acryl also said another reason for the rise in crimes reported was due to the confidence the public had in the police now.
&%*$%## I'm sorry, I could not tell tell difference. As far as I know, if the aggregate of the number of crimes in 2007 was more than the total number of crimes reported in 2006; then there has been AN INCREASE. Period.
And tell me how is rise in crimes reported is related to the 'increase' in public's confidence in the police?.
In the meantime, let us all pray that the missing girl will be found very soon and the culprit be caught. The last year's incident was still vivid in my head.