Apr 12, 2007

It's Johari Baharum vs Federal CID director Comm Datuk Christopher Wan

Round 1 (Sunday, 8th April 2007)

Johari Baharum, Deputy Internal Security Minister asks KL district police chiefs to explain the 40 per cent increase in Kuala Lumpur's crime rate in the first three months of this year

(Daily Express)The Internal Security Ministry will be asking the district police chiefs to explain the 40 per cent increase in Kuala Lumpur's crime rate in the first three months of this year.

Its Deputy Minister Datuk Mohd Johari Baharum said he would go to the ground soon to check on the situation.

"The Government views this high overall increase in crime rate in KL seriously, more so this year is Visit Malaysia Year, and we do not want the problem to smear the country's image.

"I've been told that Sentul has the highest crime rate, while there is no increase in the Dang Wangi police district and also in Putrajaya," he said when met by reporters after a shooting competition held at the General Operations Force central brigade shooting range in Cheras, here.

He hoped Kuala Lumpur police would be more proactive in combating crime in the Federal capital."


Round 2 (Wednesday, 11th April 2007)

KL Police Chief explains crime index shot up due to the increase of people's confidence towards the police.

(The Star) The crime index for the first three months of the year rose by 10.6% and police have identified several reasons.

Federal CID director Comm Datuk Christopher Wan Soo Kee said the increase in the number of people coming forward to lodge reports following the public’s confidence in the police was one of the reasons for the increase in the crime index.

Other reasons were the migration of people from rural areas to the city, moral decline in youths and the influx of foreigners.


Round 3 (Wednesday, 11th April 2007)

Johari Baharum not satisfied with the crime rate in Sentul.

(The Star) The crime rate in Sentul here has become a point of contention between Deputy Internal Security Minister Datuk Mohd Johari Baharum and the police.

Mohd Johari had said that the crime index in Sentul, a highly populated neighbourhood in the city, had risen by 90%, with snatch thefts shooting up by 600%.

He had also said that Sentul was among the city’s most troubled areas due to the many snatch thefts there.

However, the police have said otherwise and without referring to Mohd Johari directly, Federal CID director Comm Datuk Christopher Wan said the number of snatch thefts in Sentul had dropped by 142 cases or 36.6% for the first three months of this year compared with the same period last year (388 cases to 246 cases).

“There has been no increase and this is based on the official records,” he said.

He added that the crime index for the first three months had only increased by 10.1% with 2,991 cases compared with 2,716 for the same period last year.

“As the CID director, I will tell the Sentul OCPD to increase the number of crime prevention rounds and to work hand-in-hand with the people to increase their confidence,” he said.


Round 4 (Thursday, 12th April 2007)

Johari Baharum is very upset. He is not happy.

“I had not based not based my speech on nothing.” - Johari Baharum

(The Star) Deputy Internal Security Minister Datuk Mohd Johari Baharum is on a collision course with the police.

A day after Federal CID director Comm Datuk Christopher Wan Soo Kee gave a “different” figure to the rise in crime in Sentul, Johari has come out fighting to defend himself.

He said the crime statistics he announced on Sunday was fed to him by the police themselves and “not obtained” from the blogs.

“I had not based not based my speech on nothing.”

“I am upset over Wan’s statement and, to me, these are nothing but excuses. We live in the real world. Look at all the figures that I had been given previously.

“As the deputy minister in charge of public security, I was worried about the situation in Sentul and that’s why I went there,” he said, adding that he was surprised to learn that the figures released later by the police differed from his.

On Sunday, Johari said the crime index in Sentul, a highly populated neighbourhood in the city, had risen by 82.2%, with snatch thefts shooting up by 600%, making it one of the city’s most troubled spots.

Wan subsequently “revised” the index to 10.1% with snatch thefts down to 36.6%.

Asked why the figures were so different when the source was the same, Johari said he did not know.

“They have to resolve this themselves,” he said, adding that he had asked Wan to see him.

Asked if a conflict had arisen due to the investigation being carried on him for alleged corruption and abuse of power, Johari said he was under probe by the Anti-Corruption Agency and not the police.

“I have been fighting for the cause of police officers. I don’t have grudges or any personal conflict with them. I can help them with their grievances but I don’t want to sweep things under the carpet,” he said.

So when is Round 5?

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