Kuala Lumpur, 12 July 2016 – The Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar’s proposal for entertainment outlets to be centralised for security purposes risks the perception that Malaysia’s law enforcement bodies have failed to ensure peace and security in the country, and that our country has burdensome rules that can hinder businesses.

Commenting on the proposal, IDEAS Chief Executive Wan Saiful Wan Jan said: “I have trust in the capabilities of our Polis DiRaja Malaysia (PDRM). But hearing such a proposal from the PDRM is disheartening because it implies that crime and violent criminal activities are out of control, to the extent that the police has given up policing and deterring them. It sounds like the police is trying to pass the buck for their failure to ensure our safety. Surely this is not the case because our PDRM is usually very efficient.”

“If we apply the same same logic to other business sectors, should banks, pawn shops, and jewellery stores also be centralised to prevent or deter armed robberies What about other sectors that are risky too? The suggestion simply does not make sense.”

“We should not succumb to the fear of terror by creating and imposing unnecessary regulatory burden on to our private sector. Overreacting and dictating where businesses can operate simply because the police is unable to conduct proper surveillance is wrong. This would play into the criminals’ hands, and it will also hinder entrepreneurs from bringing their services to where their customers are,” Wan Saiful emphasised.

“Instead of calling for rules that will hinder economic activities, the police should make sure their counter-terrorism and anti-crime activities are improved, at least to become as efficient as their work in monitoring what people say on Twitter and their monitoring of political activities. Calling for new rules that will make it difficult for entrepreneurs and businesses is not the right way.”


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