Opposition MPs are baffled as to the actual number of police personnel that are employed currently as conflicting figures are being churned out by the IGP and Home Minister
KUALA LUMPUR: Home Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi and the Inspector General of Police Khalid Abu Bakar appear to be at odds over the number of police personnel, claimed a PKR MP today.
“If both of you are at odds, please settle your problem instead of misleading us on the number of police personnel,” said Kapar MP G Manivannan of PKR.
He pointed out that the Home Ministry had given conflicting figures on the number of police staff in a written response to the Dewan Rakyat on Oct 3.
“I am definitely disputing the statistics given by the Inspector General of Police.
“The number of police personnel by the departments is 108,667 whereas the number of police personnel going by gender breakdown is 111,584,” he said.
There is a difference of 2,917 in the figures given in the Dewan Rakyat last year.
He said that the conflicting numbers shames Malaysians. On that note he also questioned where the 2,917 were based.
Manivannan also questioned why the number of Special Branch (SB) personnel was almost similar to Criminal Investigation Department.
“Going by Khalid’s figure of 115,000, there are 11,500. Why are their numbers almost similar to the number of CID personnel who stands at 10,509.
“Why is the number of police personnel safeguarding people so little compared to SB?” asked the first term parliamentarian.
Khalid today refuted claims that there has been a surge in the number of SB officers, as alleged by certain quarters.
The top cop said that the branch only makes up 10% out of the 115,000 police officers in the Royal Malaysian Police (PDRM).
He added that the number is parallel with the current needs in safeguarding the national security.
“There’s a reason for the 10% and the country’s security is of utmost importance. PDRM knows more about threats to the country’s security, so let us decide it,” he said.
Yesterday, Bukit Mertajam MP Steven Sim questioned the number of SB officers which has surged rapidly since 2012 to 8,200 compared to 5,000 officers the year before
What’s the SB for?
Meanwhile, Batu MP Tian Chua queried on what exactly are the SB’s functions in terms of crime prevention.
“Is it in terms of investigation? If it is, then they should create a bureau of investigation, especially since investigation requires different skills,” he said, adding that the SB’s function is superfluous.
He also echoed Manivannan and asked the Home Minister to give the exact figures.
Shah Alam MP Khalid Samad on the other hand said that Pakatan Rakyat welcomes more SB personnel if they were deployed to conduct crime prevention activities instead of political surveillance over opposition MPs.