National crime rate fell 2.8pc last year, DPM says

Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi noted that most of allocations to such schools in Budget 2017 were used for expenses such as salaries rather than infrastructure improvements. — Bernama pic

SUBANG JAYA, April 1 — Overall crime cases in the country went down by 2.8 per cent in 2016, Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said today.

Zahid, who is also home minister, then lamented that public perception regarding the incidence of crime in Malaysia remain unchanged.

“That is why I need NGOs like the MCPF (Malaysian Crime Prevention Foundation) to play a role in informing the public of this news,” he said at a news conference after the foundation's annual meeting today.

Zahid, who is MCPF chairman, said petty crime such as snatch thefts was making the public think that the crime rate was higher than in actuality.

“Thus we need to see more campaigns to address petty crime, and by doing so, the people must be informed that the crime rate is dropping,” he said.

There were 115,545 criminal cases recorded in 2015, and 103,346 cases up to November 2016.