Citizens are ever ready to condemn the police for not being vigilant in curbing rising crime rates. However, the recent crackdown by our police force has seemingly split democratic space into two dimensions - one which supports the police crackdown on PPS (Pasukan Peronda Sukarela) and the other which condemns the same. As a concerned Malaysian, I appeal to all quarters to put aside their political bias to review the chronology of events to judge for themselves the magnitude of the security problems posed by PPS. Do not be blinded by party loyalty or predisposed negativism towards our police who must be commended for their timely action.
Here are some facts and figures that speak for themselves.
Contrary to claims by the Penang government, State police chief Datuk Wira Abdul Rahim Hanafi revealed that police had NEVER received any applications to vet members of the PPS unit. (Source: Here)
Datuk Wira Abdul Rahim stated firmly that he has NEVER commended the state for setting up the unit and his men have NEVER conducted patrols with them.
Please refer to the Chief Minister's speech HERE where he publicly acknowledged Datuk Wira Abdul Rahim (and the installation of CCTVs which run into over RM 9million) for being instrumental in bringing DOWN the crime rate.
Hence, the launch of PPS is completely frivolous, unnecessary and a waste of state resources.
According to The Star, police investigations have revealed that eleven of the 156 Penang Voluntary Patrol (PPS) unit members detained have criminal records involving theft, robbery, drugs, triad-related offences and even homicide.
Most alarmingly, Penang police chief Senior Deputy Comm Datuk Wira Abdul Rahim Hanafi said one of the PPS members, who had links to a secret society, was detained under the Emergency Ordinance before it was abolished.
All this goes to show how the authorities in charge of PPS have NOT screened the members carefully and allowed in the name of Penang, anyone to be a PPS member. With that failure, it meant that those with criminal records, unholy alliances with triads or drug offences etc could move around freely and with authority bestowed upon them by the state government. Hence, PDRM did rightly to zoom in on them.
Bear in mind that the 154 who turned up for the Merdeka parade must have presumably been 'loyal' members. If we adopt that premise, a discovery of 11 out of 154 is very frightening. All the more the remaining 8000 over members must come forward to be screened by the police and if indeed, more are found with incriminating evidence against them, the leaders must be held accountable!
Another report said four of those arrested were also tested positive for drugs. CM Lim Guan Eng should not defend these persons with a lame excuse that they were on medication. The Rakyat Post reported that the drug present in their urine was methamphetamine.
Methamphetamine is an illegal drug in the same class as cocaine and other powerful street drugs. It has many nicknames—meth, crank, chalk or speed being the most common.Methamphetamine is a white crystalline drug that people take by snorting it (inhaling through the nose), smoking it or injecting it with a needle. Some even take it orally, but all develop a strong desire to continue using it because the drug creates a false sense of happiness and well-being—a rush (strong feeling) of confidence, hyperactiveness and energy. One also experiences decreased appetite. These drug effects generally last from six to eight hours, but can last up to twenty-four hours. (Source:Here)
The above points glaringly underscore the fact that PPS has DEVIATED from the original intention idealistically stated in CM Lim's speech on 15th September 2011here:
Sokongan PPS dengan pihak polis diharap dapat mengekalkan kententeraman awam dan menjadikan negeri Pulau Pinang sebagai negeri yang paling selamat di Malaysia yang sedikit sebanyak akan membolehkan Pulau Pinang terus menjadi pilihan utama pelabur dan pelancong.Antara objektif penubuhan PPS ini adalah untuk membantu Pihak Berkuasa Keselamatan dalam menangani kegiatan atau aktiviti sosial yang negatif di sesuatu kawasan termasuk membersihkan kawasan daripada anasir dadah.Selain daripada itu, penubuhan ini juga sedikit sebanyak dapat membantu PDRM untuk mencegah dan membanteras jenayah dengan bertindak sebagai pembekalmaklumat di samping menjalankan hubungan kerjasama kejiranan yang erat di kalangan anggota masyarakat tempatan.
How can drug addicts, those with serious criminal records of serious crimes be part of PPS?
Put to death all the silly excuses that the police is targetting opposition supporters. PPS members have been doing political activities as can be seen by photographic evidence. Stop the charade and remove the veil of hypocrisy.
The leaders must show the public AUDITED accounts of PPS and how it is part of the Penang Budget. Live up to the CAT principle. Failure to do so means CAT is a mockery of values and ethics as espoused by the Chief Minister.
The Penang State government must show the dates and minutes of meetings/state assemblies where the decision for the formation of PPS was made and how they arrived at the final decision.
With the revelation that amongst the 154 who were detained, eleven have dubious past and criminal records, how can the state government pay out RM200 to each person for each day of detention? This is incorrigible! To fund members who were not properly screened by the members and then to accuse the police of victimization is truly spinning and twisting facts.
If by the time investigations reveal how procedures were never in place or not followed, and if found guilty, those leaders who are guilty under the various offenses under the Societies Act 1966, must step down and pay from their own pockets, the money that had been used for funding PPS activities from DAY 1.
Penangites MUST not pay for such a catastrophic debacle, if proven so.
The guilty ones must pay the price and face the music without deriding the PDRM.
In the mean time, SYABAS to our IGP Tan Sri Khalid, Penang police chief Senior Deputy Comm Datuk Wira Abdul Rahim Hanafi and PDRM. Keep up the good work! Bring the guilty ones to task!
Enlightened Malaysians are behind you because the DAP bubble has burst!