KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 28 2017 : Anti-crime group, Malaysians Against Rape, Assault and Snatch Theft (Marah) has praised the Budget 2018 for providing the necessary allocations for the police to combat crime.
“It’s a good budget 2018 allocation for PDRM (police) and shows that the government has not only listened but is serious in addressing the issues related to reducing crime and upgrading security in Malaysia,” said the group founder Dave Avran in a statement.
Avran said Marah was especially pleased that the police can now empower intelligence led policing that is technology based.
“We can now also improve our monitoring systems to ensure we can combat and overcome syndicate based crimes, group crimes and armed crimes, besides monitoring the movements of drug traffickers.
“The government has also addressed the financial need to install closed-circuit television cameras in lock-ups to address the issue of detainees dying in custody, as well as to renovate dilapidated police stations, build more balais and generally improve logistics and transport” added Avran.
He said the police and the armed forces now have the funds to expand and enhance the monitoring of security in Sabah, especially in the east coast of the state and the 1600km border area of Eastern Sabah Security Command (ESSCOM) where guns, humans, drugs, liquor, cigarettes and various other contraband are being smuggled in.
“We can now also coordinate intel with other security agencies including the arrmed forces to ensure an effective fight against the growing threat of terrorism,” he added.