23rd July, 2012
KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysian Crime Prevention Foundation has called on the government to get the involvement of religious organisations in the special committee to be set up to handle victims of kidnap and violent crimes, particularly involving women and children.
Its vice-chairman, Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye, the involvement of religious organisations was vital as they could also help the committee to identify violent crimes involving the women and children.
“Right now, there are too many violent crimes involving women and children to the extent of raising concerns among the public.
“So, it is only right that the religious organisations be involved in the committee to formulate the best mechanism to solve the problems,” he told Bernama when contacted here.
Lee said this in response to the remarks by Home Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein that the committee would comprise the police and non-governmental organisations (NGO) which fits the ministry’s criteria.
The minister also said that the setting up of the committee was a part of the government’s agendas to reduce the crime rates in the country and hence, reassure the public.
Lee said the setting up of the committee was also timely and that he hoped the involvement of the NGO would continue indefinitely.
However, he said the appointment of members of the committee would be done properly and that they would be selected among those with vast experience in handling victims of kidnap and violent crimes, especially women and children.
Meanwhile, Kuala Lumpur Social Development, Crime Prevention and Anti-Drugs Voluntary Organisation (Pencegah) president Jeevan S. Ramamurthy opined that ex-convicts should also be given the opportunity to get involved in the committee based on their experiences.
“Ex-convicts usually know better about crime situations and I really think it’s better to give them the opportunity to be in the committee as compared to those who know nothing about crimes,” he said.