Friday, November 30, 2007

Open Letter to the Minister of Internal Security

Dear YAB Dato' Seri Abdullah Badawi,

I would like to bring your attention to the poor public perception of their own security. This negative perception is confirmed by various reports including a survey commissioned by the News Straits Times.

Of late, we have read and heard news of crimes being committed. Most of the cases involved heinous crime against the weak and defenseless and targeting women and children.

The fear has paralysed many people and restricted their daily activities. As a son of a robbery victim (my mother), I can understand the trauma undergone by some of the victims. Until today, my mother fears to stay alone in our house.

As a concerned citizen, I would like to urge you to take appropriate action to ensure that police and RELA resources are poured into combating crime. These resources should be used mainly to secure public peace and safety and to rebuild public's confidence in our state of security.

Some of these cases are not reported and the extent of hurt caused to the victims are not known but that does not mean we can sit still and pretend everything is under control. Unfortunately, this is not the case.

If the situation persists, we will not be able to wait until the next general elections to tell you how we feel, unlike what was suggested by your minister, Nazri Aziz.

The people deserve a government that listens and reacts to their concerns.

Khoo Kay Peng

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