IGP: Crimes getting more complex
Published on: Tuesday, March 26, 2019

KUALA LUMPUR: The advancement of new technology has made it difficult for the Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM) to combat crimes in the country, says Inspector-General of Police, Tan Sri Mohamad Fuzi Harun (pic).

He said with rapid development of technology and widespread use of social media, it was vital for the security force to keep up with the times and strengthen their expertise in various aspects.

“Nowadays, criminals have new means of engaging in fraudulent activities and the crimes are getting more complex, as they are no longer domestic based, but have gone beyond borders.  

“For example, previously when gambling, only playing cards were used, but now betting is done online. And the same goes in recruiting terrorists, there are no physical dealings and love scams which were never thought of before, have resulted in billion ringgit losses,” he said in a special interview in conjunction with the 212th Police Day celebration.

Hence, he said PDRM have formed partnerships and increased collaboration with the security forces of other countries to stem criminal activities.

In line with this year’s Police Memorial Day theme, ‘Polis dan Masyarakat Berpisah Tiada’, Mohamad Fuzi said the police made it a point to hold meetings with the community to share information and for action to be taken.

“To encourage community involvement in crime prevention, we have organised the 1Mosque 1Police (1M1P) programme ... non-Muslim police personnel too have been instructed to hold similar programmes with churches and temples all over the country to enable the public to be the eyes and ears of PDRM.

“In carrying out our duties to deal with various security issues, we still need the support and assistance of the people at all levels to ensure our country is safe, stable and secure,” he said.

Meanwhile, Mohamad Fuzi said though the crime rate in the country had been decreasing each year, generally, people still do not feel safe.

“With the approval of the Home Ministry, I have directed PDRM’s R and D (research and development) division to undertake a specific research on this matter (perception of feeling safe) to be conducted by an independent party” he said, adding that last year the crime rate dropped by 11.9 percent. – Bernama



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