Kadar Jenayah Semakin Berkurangan

Kadar jenayah menurun di antara 1 Januari 2020 hingga 15 November 2020

Umum risau setiap hari semakin ramai pekerja yang terpaksa diberhentikan sama ada akibat penutupan tempat kerja ataupun tindakan majikan mengurangkan jumlah pekerja demi menyelamatkan perniagaan mereka.

Di era pandemik COVID-19, kita dapat melihat fenomena yang sama berlaku di seluruh dunia. Berjuta orang yang telah hilang pekerjaan.

Turut dirisaukan juga adalah kemungkinan meningkatnya kadar jenayah berikutan penambahan jumlah penganggur yang mendadak. Hakikatnya, kadar jenayah adalah semakin menurun.

Kadar pengangguran terkini setakat suku ketga tahun ini ialah 4.6 peratus dari jumlah pekerja. Menurut Jabatan Perangkaan Malaysia, jumlah pekerjaan dalam sektor swasta menurun sebanyak 181,000 menjadikan jumlah pekerjaan sektor swata sebanyak 8.47 juta berbanding suku ketiga 2019. Dari angka tersebut, 97.9 peratus jawatan telah diisi manakala 2.1 peratus masih kosong.

Ini bermakna, masih terdapat 179,000 kekosongan jawatan untuk pekerjaan separa-mahir manakala 21,000 pekerjaan baharu telah wujud untuk pekerja tanpa kemahiran. 100,000 kekosongan masih ada dalam sektor perkilangan.

Apa yang diperlukan hanyalah kesanggupan rakyat Malaysia yang telah kehilangan pekerjaan untuk mengkalibrasikan kemahiran mereka untuk menceburi bidang baharu.

Apa yang dapat kita lihat sejak bermulanya PKP pada 18 Mac 2020 ialah betapa ramainya para pekerja berkemahiran tinggi yang telah menyesuaikan diri dengan menjalankan perniagaan dan pekerjaan baharu seperti menjadi rider penghantar, taukeh tauhu bergedil yang berniaga dari rumah, dan menjalankan perniagaan detailing kereta dari rumah ke rumah.

Pengarah Jabatan Siasatan Jenayah PDRM dalam satu kenyataan mengenai penularan trend jenayah ragut berkata kes jenayah yang dilaporkan bagi tempoh dari 1 Januari 2020 hingga 15 November 2020 ialah sebanyak 56,117 kes berbanding 72,836 kes dalam tempoh yang sama tahun lepas. Ini bermakna jumlah keseluruhan kes jenayah telah menurun sebanyak 16,719 kes atau 23 peratus.

Bagi jenayah ragut pula, sebanyak 1,160 kes telah dilaporkan dalam tempoh yang sama berbanding 2,216 kes dalam tempoh yang sama tahun lepas. Ini menunjukkan penurunan sebanyak 1,056 kes atau 47.65 peratus berbanding tahun lepas.

Sama ada ianya berhubung kait dengan penurunan kadar jenayah secara langsung ataupun tidak, Jabatan Imigresen Malaysia (JIM) tahun ini setakat 2 November 2020 telah membuat pengusiran terkumpul Pendatang Asing Tanpa Izin (PATI) seramai 30,452 orang.

Tahun lepas sahaja telah menyaksikan seramai 192,260 orang PATI yang telah tampil untuk menyertai program ‘Back For Good.’ Jumlah kompaun yang telah diperolehi kerajaan ialah sebanyak RM134.6 juta.

Kerajaan, melalui inisiatif Rekalibrasi Pulang yang diumumkan oleh YB Menteri Dalam Negeri baru-baru ini, lebih ramai PATI dijangka akan tampil kehadapan untuk pulang ke negara asal mereka. Lebih baik juga bagi mereka kerana mereka akan menjalani saringan COVID-19 terlebih dahulu. Ini sekaligus menangkis tanggapan bahawa kerajaan tidak prihatin terhadap PATI yang dicanang oleh pihak-pihak tidak bertanggung jawab.

Inisiatif-inisiatif lain seperti Ops Benteng, Ops Kuda Laut dan lain-lain juga telah banyak membantu. Sebagai contoh, bagi tempoh 1 Januari 2020 hingga 21 Ogos 2020, Agensi Penguatkuasaan Maritim Malaysia (APMM) telah membuat sebanyak 127,930 pemeriksaan, 18,731 penggeledehan dan 565 tangkapan. Bagi tempoh tersebut, hasil denda, lelong dan nilaian kompaun adalah sebanyak RM11.12 juta.

Kita tidaklah mengatakan bahawa rakyat Malaysia langsung tidak terlibat dalam perbuatan jenayah ataupun menyalahkan PATI semata-mata di atas jenayah-jenayah yang telah berlaku, tetapi kita harus berfikir secara rasional dan melihat ‘the big picture’ sebelum membuat sebarang andaian.

Berlaku adillah terhadap barisan hadapan kita yang bukan sahaja bersengkang mata untuk menjaga keselamatan kita, tetapi juga terdedah kepada bahaya seperti virus COVID-19 semasa menjalankan tugas. Janganlah kerana satu kes maka diperbesarkan seolah-olah negara ini tidak lagi selamat untuk didiami.

Government Plans to Recalibrate Undocumented Immigrants

Dato’ Seri Hamzah Zainuddin (right) with Datuk Seri M Saravanan

IN light of the difficulties in obtaining manpower by employers in this pandemic era, the government has announced a programme to recalibrate undocumented immigrants in order to make them legal for employment.

This was announced by the Home Minister Datuk Seri Hamzah Zainuddin at his Ministry yesterday, after a meeting with the Minister for Human Resources Datuk Seri M Saravanan.

The recalibration programme that will be implemented from Nov 16 2020 through June 30 2021, will consist of two components; one which allows undocumented immigrants to register themselves to be employed in the four 3-D (Dirty, Dangerous and Difficult) sectors namely construction, manufacturing, plantation and agriculture, while the other allows them to return to their respective countries.

When asked about the difference compared to the previous amnesty programmes Hamzah stressed that this programme does not involve third-party vendors. 

“All undocumented immigrants in this country who wish to participate in either component must register themselves directly with the Peninsular Malaysia’s Department of Human Resources. If they and their employers meet the pre-requisites, then they will be allowed to work,” he explained.

The government expects to collect RM90 million from compounds and fines through this recalibration programme.  

Only undocumented immigrants from the 15 countries listed as allowed to be employed, who are already in Malaysia may participate in this programme.  

There are about 20,000 undocumented immigrants being held at the immigration detention centres.

This move would definitely help the industries mentioned above.  Early July,  Malaysian Employers Federation Executive Director Datuk Shamsuddin Bardan said the plantation sector might lose RM142 billion in their operations this year due to a shortage of workers, while shortage of workers in the agriculture sector would lead to an increase in the price of vegetables.

Although both the Home Affairs and Human Resources Ministries have said that employers interested in the recalibration programme will have to abide by a certain ratio of foreign versus local worker limit that is to be set, it is interesting to see how many Malaysians would actually be interested in the 3-D jobs.

When the Selayang wholesale market faced a shortage of foreign workers a few months ago due to the area coming under the Enhanced Controlled Movement Order, there was a lukewarm response by Malaysians to fill in the vacancies.

Datuk Shamsuddin explained that this was not just about the wages offered. 

Although Malaysians earn double that of their foreign counterparts, the former are not used to working in such environments.

“Locals are not keen on staying long in these kinds of jobs.  They need to be brave and strengthen their attitude towards working less favourable jobs and should treat all jobs with respect.”

His main worry is that once the economy improves, the Malaysians would not want to stay in those 3-D sectors.  Therefore, Malaysia will always have that reliance on foreign workers.

Malaysians are, of course, sceptical about any such programme.  Previous amnesty programmes, especially those run by third-party vendors have always been open to abuse.  

Despite having the 6P amnesty programme in 2011, the number of immigrants, both legal and undocumented, increased by 1.013 million between 2010 and 2019.

To allay this fear, Hamzah said that the wages that are to be paid to the legalised immigrants under this recalibration scheme will only be done electronically (e-Wages).

“When there is no money being deposited by the employer, then we will know that they are no longer being employed.  It would be easier for us to track them down.”

Any employer caught employing an undocumented immigrant after June 30 2021 will be fined RM50,000 or a jail term of up to 12 months per worker. If they are caught with five or more undocumented worker, the penalty shall include whipping.

(This article first appeared on The Mole )

UMANY: The Reincarnation of UMCLS?

UMANY and the three-finger salute

IT all started with DAP’s Ronnie Liu’s posting about the movement in the Thai capital where demonstrators are up against both the government and the King of Thailand. His caption was simple but subtly seditious: “Now in Bangkok. They are saying no to the King.” Ronnie Liu’s post was to pre-empt a possible proclamation of emergency by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong following an audience with the Cabinet. The King never proclaimed an emergency and Ronnie Liu was arrested four days ago by the police and is being investigated under Section 4(1) of the Sedition Act for inciting hate against a Ruler or a government. He has since been released on bail.

A couple of days ago, several photos of posts made by the University of Malaya Association of New Youth (UMANY) stating that the Yang di-Pertuan Agong should not interfere in national affairs made their rounds in the various social media. A photo of several people in a square showing the ‘Hunger Games’ three-finger salute caught my interest.

Firstly, in the ‘Hunger Games’ movie, the salute is a gesture to mean thanks, admiration, and goodbye to someone they love. But in Bangkok, the salute is to show anger toward the country’s royalist military establishment. It has also been flashed at royal motorcades by Thai protesters.

Secondly, some of those depicted doing the salute are those who showed no decorum during graduation ceremonies at the University of Malaya. It comes as no surprise that these people are the buds of republicanism – people with no respect for history nor the Federal Constitution.

Some photos also show them with well-known members of the DAP. They may be coincidental; but if the DAP impresses them so much, perhaps the DAP should advise them that while championing liberties, the Federal Constitution as the paramount law of the land must be respected to the dot. Unless these clueless youngsters reflect a reincarnation of another society formed within the compound of the University of Malaya, that is now defunct.

In December last year, Ronnie Liu appeared at a gathering to commemorate and glorify the butchers from the Communist Party of Malaya (CPM). At the gathering the ADUN of Sungai Pelek admitted that his father was a communist and that the latter strived to free Malaya from its British ‘colonialists’.

First of all, the CPM was never interested in the independence of Malaya, and definitely, nor in democracy. Chin Peng never harboured any loyalty to Malaya. Instead, he said that, influenced by communist doctrine, he wanted to join Mao’s forces to fight a guerrilla war in China. “The same sentiments still applied…I was intending to die for my motherland, a land I had never even visited” wrote Chin Peng in 2003. It means that 14 years after the signing of the Hatyai peace agreement, Chin Peng still regarded China as his motherland (Alias Chin Peng – My Side of History, p.133, 2003). Malaya (later Malaysia) was never home to this butcher.

After withdrawing into southern Thailand following the end of the First Emergency (1948-1960), the CPM Central Committee in 1961 carried out a review of its past policies and chartered a course for the resumption of armed struggle, and spread its doctrine amongst the Thai Chinese which later dominated the 8th and 12th Regiments.

They set up Marxist-Leninist Training Schools to indoctrinate the youth, and by 1963, more than 2,000 indoctrinated youths had returned to Malaya and Singapore. In Singapore, they infiltrated the Nanyang University Students Union (NUSU). 10 days after the formation of the Federation of Malaysia, the police entered the university to arrest communist leaders.

It was also during this time that communist cadres from Johor, Selangor and Perak crossed to Indonesia to be trained and armed by the Partai Komunis Indonesia (PKI).

Nanyang University in Singapore was not the only university that was infiltrated by communist agents. They also infiltrated the University of Malaya Chinese Language Society (UMCLS). It started in mid-1970 with a group of students calling themselves the Young Socialists planning to position themselves for the upcoming election, and in June 1971 succeeded in gaining control of the UMCLS Executive Committee as planned. The UMCLS quickly formed ancillary bodies to spread the communist doctrine. Bodies such as the Dramatic Study Sub-Committee and the Cultural Exchange Preparatory Committee were designed to launch propaganda offensive.

The CPM link to the UMCLS was confirmed on Oct 14 1973 when security forces shot dead a communist terrorist near Tanah Hitam, Chemor in Perak and found a work report by a senior student underground movement leader to his superiors on the activities conducted by the UMCLS. UMCLS manipulation of the University of Malaya Students Union (UMSU) led to the illegal students riot on Sept 21 1974.

The UMCLS also issued pamphlets claiming that the fall in rubber prices and rising cost of living had resulted in deaths due to starvation of villagers in the Baling area of Kedah. This was supported by a transmission by the Suara Revolusi Malaya radio station in Beijing condemning the Malaysian government for causing the deaths of the people of Baling.

On Dec 9 1974, police raided a house in SEA Park, Petaling Jaya that was occupied by members of the UMCLS and seized printing blocks, imitation rifles, boots, propaganda music cassettes and banners.

So, now we have the UMANY questioning the authority of person above all others in Malaysia – His Majesty the Yang di-Pertuan Agong. Is the UMANY, a student’s association that identifies itself with the DAP, now a revolutionary front to fight against His Majesty’s government and the people of Malaysia?

If it is, when will the authority be going to nip this cancer in the bud before the red stars of the UMCLS appear again terrorising our streets as they did 50 to 60 years ago?

This article first appeared on The Mole