Inspector-general of police Ismail Omar has defended the National Key Result Area (NKRA) statistics on crime index, saying there has been no manipulation.
Inspector-general of police Ismail Omar
"I will be committing a big sin if I am seen to be manipulating the figures, just to promote that crime under my tenure is under control. I would be committing a big sin to create this false impression to the rakyat. How can we do that, I will not allow my officers to do that.
"Prove to me where the statistics are manipulated, and I will take action on those who do this. It is not true that the government has given us certain targets and we manipulate. If (crime is rampant) I would not be able to face you.
"Action will be taken against those found to have manipulated it. I am open to criticism, and the people and politicians are welcome to see me or my state or district police chiefs if something is not right. Give positive criticism and ideas and don’t just condemn us," Ismail said.
The IGP said the police force had inherited looking after the security and safety of the country and that is what it intends to do.
He said he took note that there were much publicized incidents of crime and said the police were handling or are investigating them.
“We take note that there are people afraid of crime. We are aware that the public is not satisfied and we respond straight away. Last month there was concern over safety in the malls and we met with the management and directly dealt with them to resolve the safety at parking areas,” he said.
Ismail said this when asked about allegations raised on the manipulation of crime statistics, especially those on index and non-index crime.