KUALA LUMPUR,. The sacrifice of all Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM) personnel and officers must be honoured given their invaluable contributions to the nation’s security, says the Prime Minister.
Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said the police had been instrumental in combating the threat of the Islamic State (IS) terror group, while ensuring that the crime index is reduced year on year.
“A total of 389 militants have been detained since 2013, including 105 last year.
“At an anti-terrorism conference in Sydney, I announced that not even one Malaysian has been killed by IS on home soil.
The introduction of the Counter-Messaging Centre further assisted the fight against terror, he added.
“It is already operational and can contribute greatly towards curbing extremist propaganda on social media,” he said of the centre, which is managed by Bukit Aman.
Najib said he was appalled that, even after all the sacrifices by PDRM personnel, certain parties were trying to smear the image of the force.
“They try to paint a bad picture by labelling the police as Government yes men and claiming that the crime index is increasing.
“It is nothing but baseless allegations,” he stressed.
The Prime Minister also took a dig at “a 93-year-old former leader”, an apparent reference to Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, who blamed the police for the firing of then deputy prime minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim in 1998.
“Former IGP Tan Sri Rahim Noor has countered the allegations, stating that the police have no power to fire anyone. And the hiring and firing of a deputy prime minister is not like plucking coconuts because everything is proposed by the prime minister at that time,” he said.
Najib vowed that the Government would always honour the police force, especially given its countless sacrifices over the years.
“Among the prominent events are the attack by communist militants in Bukit Kepong, which killed 25 policemen and their family members, the Emergency period and the Lahad Datu intrusion, which claimed the lives of eight police personnel.
“Between 1994 and 2018, a total of 483 police personnel have been killed, including in accidents while on duty.
“We should honour the service of the police, who work day and night to keep us safe,” he added.
He also honoured the memory of Kpl Mohd Azrul Tukiran and ASP Zulkifli Mamat, who were killed in Lahad Datu.
Because of such sacrifices, Najib vowed that the welfare of police personnel would never be forsaken.
“The Government has allocated RM9bil for PDRM in Budget 2018.
“We have also allocated RM15mil to repair and maintain police quarters at the Police Training Centre and allocated 10,000 units under the PDRM 1Malaysia Public Housing Project,” he said.
A RM1.5bil ASB fund was also approved for personnel who were Police Cooperative members, he said.
Others present included Deputy Prime Minister and Home Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Mohamad Fuzi Harun, Deputy IGP Tan Sri Noor Rashid Ibrahim and Deputy Home Minister Datuk Nur Jazlan Mohamed.
In a statement, Malaysia Crime Prevention Foundation executive council member Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye welcomed the RM15mil allocation to improve police training centre living quarters.
He said the facilities had been standing for a long time and many of the buildings were in need of renovations.