KUCHING – Sarawak Chief Minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem said the government’s move to increase 11,757 police personnel as announced in the 2015 Budget will help to reduce the crime rate and safeguard public safety.
He said even though the crime rate in Sarawak was still until control, property crimes were worrying to the people.
“I am happy Prime Minister (Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak) gave many allocations to the police, with an additional number of personnel, which means crime control through patrols and other crime prevention measures will be intensified,” he said when officiating the 1KDN Carnival here today.
Also present were Deputy Home Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar, ministry’s secretary-general Datuk Seri Mohamad Khalid Shariff and Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar.
Meanwhile Adenan hoped the public perception that the job of the police was only to catch people would be corrected.
“When I walk alone and do not see the police, I will feel scare but when I see them, then I feel safe,” he said, adding that arresting criminals was only one of the police duties to safeguard the people’s safety.
Earlier Wan Junaidi said the country recorded 111,678 crime cases from January to August this year, a drop of 18,930 cases or 19 percent compared to 130,608 cases for the same period last year.
For Sarawak, he said there was a drop of 1,508 cases or 19.6 percent to 6,198 crime cases in the first eight months of this year from 7,706 cases during the same period last year. – BERNAMA