Thursday, July 3, 2008

CM: Don’t be afraid of lodging police reports - The Star

Jul 3, 2008

THE public should not be afraid of lodging police reports as the reports would help police in data collection, Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng said.

He said by lodging reports the public would also be giving much required information and tip-off to the police to combat crime effectively.

“The police have identified 165 crime hotspots in the state with the North-East District topping the list with 80 locations, followed by southern Seberang Prai (41), South-West (23), Central Seberang Prai (13) and North Seberang Prai (8).

“The hotspots were determined based on the frequency of police reports lodged at the particular area,” he told reporters after receiving a courtesy call from new state chief police officer Deputy Comm Ayub Yaakob at his office in Komtar on Tuesday.

Lim reminded policemen that they must accept all reports.

The Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Musa Hassan, he said had repeatedly reminded the police that it was their responsibility to accept reports failing which they were at risk of losing their jobs.

On another matter, Lim said he had yet to be questioned by the police over his remarks relating to the New Economic Policy.

Lawyer Abu Backer Sidek Mohamad Zain had lodged a report against Lim on March 14, claiming that the statement by the chief minister was a “very sensitive statement”.

On April 3, then acting state police chief Datuk Salleh Md Rasid was quoted as saying police would not hesitate to call up Lim for questioning as it was a standard operating procedure during the process of an investigation.

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