I am writing this letter to you, Bangsar residents and visitors, because as of now, the crime rate in Bangsar has reached alarming levels. More and more people in Bangsar are becoming victims of snatch thefts, break-ins, and assaults. Even prostitutes are now seen along Jalan Telawi nowadays.
Many of you have written letters to inform me of all the above, thank you for doing so. I have to emphasize that I welcome any kinds of comments, criticisms and constructive arguments. I believe it’ll help me to assist you better. But do remember, that while I am here to help. I cannot do it alone.
Thus far, I have managed to conduct dialogue sessions with the police (both closed, and open door meetings), make unannounced visits to different police stations in Bangsar, Pantai Dalam, Sri Sentosa, and ultimately request for formal meetings with top police echelons in Brickfields. It is important to hightlight the ever persistent issue of crime in Bangsar, as well as other areas in Lembah Pantai.
We must speak up against crime, such as the assault that took place even at commonly frequented sites such as the Gujerati Association. I met with the community at the crime scene, bringing together, them (the affected community) with C/Insp. Mat Shahrizan Said (the OCS of Pantai Police Station). It is a frightful thought to worry about our childrens’ safety when they are having activities at the center, especially when police patrol exists.
I will continue to highlight these issues to the media, as well as raise them in Parliament. But again, the most important avenue I have is to appeal for your help. Please come out and state your concerns in front of the police this 28th of February at Pusat Komuniti Bukit Damansara at 10 am (near Sekolah Sri Cempaka). Let’s unite in our effort to help create a safer environment for our children, family and friends.
This session will include suggestions for the police to improve their services. We will open these suggestions for a frank discussion with the people of Bangsar and the Police. I have invited the Deputy OCPD of Brickfields, Supt. Azri Rahman to the forum.
To ensure we are not faulted for not cooperating with security apparatus, I must also ask all of you to lodge a police report if you have been a victim of crime. No matter how difficult the process may be, we must register crime into the national statistics. The thrust of our campaign from now on will be “LODGE A REPORT. PUNISH THE VILLAINS!”. We must do our part, and the police will always be reminded to do theirs!
Join me this Saturday, 28th February 2009, 10am, at Pusat Komuniti Bukit Damansara (near Sekolah Sri Cempaka, next to Saidina Omar Mosque). Or visit http://www.nurulizzah.com/site/stopcrime/ for more info.
Nurul Izzah, MP
19th February 2009