The China Press organized a dialogue with the Klang Police on May 23, 2009 at the Dewan Orang Ramai Taman Eng Ann, the oldest and largest residential area in my constituency, Sungai Pinang, Klang.
I attended the dialogue to meet the OCPD, ACP Mohamad bin Mat Yusof and his senior officers from the Klang Police District Office.
Contrary to general belief, Klang is not on top of the list as far as crime rate is concerned. Those municipalities with names ended with ‘Jaya’, namely Petaling Jaya, Ampang Jaya Subang, and Gombak beat Klang in that respect.
The negative impression that Klang has been one of the most notorious cities was due to the outspokenness of the large number of active non-governmental organizations in Klang. While on the one hand these NGO have played an important role in supervising the police and raising public consciousness in crime prevention, those publicity created in the media has also unintentionally given a bad image on the other hand.
Be it as it may, that does not mean that the level of crime rate in Klang is satisfactory. Much need to be done by the police to make the residents feel safe to live in this once serene royal town.
As one of its efforts to improve its service, the current Klang Police District will split into two and the Klang river will be the boundary. The plan has been on paper for quite a while and hopefully it will not stay idle any longer.