“We cannot totally depend on the enforcement authorities to combat crime” – Najib

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KUALA LUMPUR – Amid concerns over high-profile crime in recent months, Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak has pledged to enhance security in the country and given the assurance that all agencies responsible would be made more effective in tackling crime.

In his Hari Raya message, Mr Najib said the Malaysian government was aware that new preventive measures were needed to combat crimes, along with dynamic administrators, accountability, restructuring of organisations, modern equipment and relevant training.

“We want a Malaysia that is safe from internal and external threats, where neighbourhoods and its roads are free from crime and people feel peaceful and safe,” he said.

In recent months, reports of the kidnapping of a 12-year-old Dutch schoolboy, followed by the harrowing tale of a young woman who escaped two kidnappers in a shopping mall, and a carjacking and kidnapping of a Singaporean family in Johor have raised alarm over the current state of public security.

Malaysia’s expatriate community had also weighed in on the issue and said they were increasingly fearful for their safety, especially after Nayati Moodliar was kidnapped while walking to school.

In his message, Mr Najib urged Malaysians to adopt the right mindset in strengthening security and enforcement. “We cannot totally depend on the enforcement authorities to combat crime but rather be caring and contribute in any way possible to help the cause,” he said.

“If we allow crime to go on without taking any punitive action, it will endanger the country’s peace and security.”

Mr Najib added the government would ensure that all the responsible agencies would be more effective and efficient in combating crime.

Yesterday, thousands thronged the Prime Minister’s official residence in Putrajaya to celebrate the first day of Hari Raya celebrations with Mr Najib and his family.

While the Prime Minister’s annual open house also drew political leaders such as former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamed, badminton player Lee Chong Wei, who won a silver medal at London’s Olympic Games, was swamped by fans when he arrived, with many asking to take photographs with him. – Agencies