Mesra, Cepat dan Betul, again

There had been too much bad publicity and negativities about the Royal Malaysian Police aka Police Force, lately. The truth is that, some people find it is a grotesque that we question the blanket of security the Police Force had provided us all these years and the manner how it had been provided.

First it was the “nude-ear-squat-in-the lockup” case. Then the incomplete/incompetence case/investigations of certain high profile murder cases; ‘The Norita Shamsuddin murder’, ‘The Ipoh’s ex-mayor’s son’ etc., arrest of two policemen and now on trial for the high profile murder of Mongolian national Altantuya Shaaribuu, all the expose’ made by Raja Petra and published in Malaysia Today, the claims about crime in places like Johor Bahru is on the rise and latest, the former IGP Tun Mohamed Hanif Omar’s article, et al.

Could we have progressed, this far as a society and endure the everyday life normal economic activities, which propelled Malaysia into a major global trading nation had the Police Force completely failed in the duties, all these years?

The formative half of post-WW II Malaya (then Malaysia), the country had been bogged with acute security issues like ‘The Emergency’ and later, ‘Confrontation’. The Police Force was a major and integral part of these trying and challenging moments in our colourful history. Maybe Malaysians conveniently forgotten tragedies such as the attack on the Bukit Kepong Police Station (23 February 1950), the assassinations of then the Perak CPO Tan Sri C T Khoo and IGP, Tan Sri Abdul Rahman Hashim (on 7 June 1974), the Japanese Red Army hostage crisis, August 1975 and the attack on the Batu Pahat Police Station by deviationists, Jaafar Fathullah in 1981.

Then there was the success of negotiating the Malayan Communist Party surrender and end of armed struggle in a peace treaty signed in Haadyaii, Thailand 2 December 1989, by then the Director of Special Branch, Dato’ Abdul Rahim Mohd. Nor. After an illustrious career in the Police Force, Tan Sri Rahim resigned in disgrace after punching former Deputy Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim in the Bukit Aman lock-up, after a day of stressful anti-Reformasi engagement, during the height of the 16th Commonwealth Games.

Of course how could anyone forgotten the night notorious criminal Bentong Kali was gunned down by Police Special Forces in an operation conducted by Serious Crime Division, Bukit Aman at a terrace house in Damansara Heights, 1993.

Then everyone should not forget how Chief Inspector Abdul Razak Yusof negotiated and persuaded Mohd. Amin Mohd. Razali and his Al Maunah millitant group to surrender, at the Sauk incidence, 6 July 2000.

For a force of 90,000 men and women, to provide the heavy burden of primary security for the 26 million highly complex multiethnic, multifaith and multicultural Malaysians inhibiting an area 330,000 sq km in two land mass separated by a large body of water, over 4,800 km of coastline and a domestic economy over RM 1,050 billion (PPP) per annum, the Police Force had already been grossly overworked, under staffed, under equipped and overtly scrutinised, on top of the extra burden the Malaysian public placed on them for the pettiest and sundry issues.

On top of that, some quarters chose to antagonise, provoke and test the Police Force, especially their professionalism in handling very volatile and high tension incidence, such the chaos purposely created at the recent Terengganu riots.

However, most of the time, the Police have been known to carefully discharge their firearms, especially when duty calls. This was demonstrated in the foiled armed robbery outside a bank very near to where I lived. As per featured by NST today:


High drama as police foil robbery bid

By : Fay Angela D’cruz

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Plainclothes policemen with the two suspects outside the Public Bank branch in  Uptown, Damansara, yesterday. The suspects were  in a stolen Proton Perdana when they were confronted by the police. — Pictures courtesy of NST reader Chow Yin Hon
Plainclothes policemen with the two suspects outside the Public Bank branch in Uptown, Damansara, yesterday. The suspects were in a stolen Proton Perdana when they were confronted by the police. — Pictures courtesy of NST reader Chow Yin Hon

PETALING JAYA: They were waiting for their next victim, but alert policemen outside a bank foiled their plan and in the process busted a gang high on the wanted list.

Police leading one of the suspects away while another suspect can be seen in the background bleeding at the leg.
Police leading one of the suspects away while another suspect can be seen in the background bleeding at the leg.

But it took more than 10 shots and a desperate escape attempt before two members of the “Bankers Gang” were nabbed yesterday in Uptown, Damansara.

The two robbers were in a stolen Proton Perdana outside the Public Bank about 3.30pm when plainclothes policemen confronted them.

The two suspects sensing their game was up tried to escape by ramming into the police team who opened fire on the vehicle.

The robbers crashed into a divider and were pounced on when they tried to escape on foot. One suspect was shot in the leg. He was sent to the University Malaya Medical Centre for treatment.

Selangor deputy CID chief (intelligence and operations) ACP Chee Cheng Wan said they believe the robbers, a foreigner and a local, had two accomplices waiting nearby.

“They escaped when they saw their gang members being chased by police.”

Chee said the gang had been operating for over a month and had committed at least 10 robberies.

“We believe they have amassed at least RM500,000 from the robberies,” he said.

“Their victims were those who had made withdrawals at banks. They would usually smash the victim’s car window before robbing them.”

The dependence of the Malaysian public on the Police Force is undoubtably very significant. They may not be ‘Mesra, Cepat dan Betul’ all the time but so far, they have done exactly that for most of us, most of the time and especially when it matters most.

Crimes committed gets more complicated as criminals are more sophisticated in their methods. They deploy highly sophisticated communication equipments and processes, to elude the authorities.

The society themselves support organised criminal activities such as vices created from illegal gambling, prostitution, business extortions, illegal money lending (Ah Longs), designer drugs manufacturing, software and IP piracy and eventually, money laundering. The fast expansion of these crimes are the mainstay that smaller crimes thrived upon and the rakyat in our own societies support and play a very big role in these vices growth and expansion.

So now we blame the authorities, especially the Police Force for these vices and crimes growth? Aren’t the rakyat and society themselves a factor of these immoral acts?

Shifting the burden and responsibility to other people, though convenient, it is not the right thing to do. Its time the Malaysian public should do more to make the place we live, earn a living, raise a family and retire a much better place by contributing and make the burden of providing security for us, much easier and lesser for the Polis DiRaja Malaysia, even though they promised with an oath of ‘Sedia Berkhidmat‘.

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  1. […] are getting more complicated and the criminals are more organised, sophisticated and brutal. The Police Force actually need more men and women, much better equipment and more improved work process, on top of […]

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