Not mincing his words, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak has described the effort to fight crime as 'a war', and one that requires the commitment of all Malaysians to ensure victory.
Launching the 'United Against Crime' campaign on Saturday, Najib said that active participation from society "is the most important basis that can bring success to our efforts to combat crime."
During the address at KLCC Park, Najib suggested a number of simple solutions that could help Malaysians feel safer in our streets.
He said that shopping malls should look beyond profits and hire more security guards, and that new housing developments ought to consider walls and better outdoor lighting. Najib even noted a new phone line that connects directly to the police rather than the general emergency services operator – something that was well received by Bukit Aman.