Every one of us, and particularly those elected by the people as representatives... be it at the Residents' Association level or Dewan Undangan Negeri (state assemblyman) and the Dewan Rakyat (members of parliament), must take heed of veteran Johor Baru MP Tan Sri Shahrir Samad's take on efforts to address the menace of crime among us.
As Shahrir put it, after attending a Home Ministry/ Police/ Residents Association crime prevention programme in Johor Baru on Sunday, fighting crime is a collective responsibility as it had been during the days when we were facing the threat of terrorism.
We defeated ruthless Communist terrorists because we empowered the society via Border Scouts, Special constables, APs and later on JKKK and such.
Certainly the awareness, commitment, courage and collective responsibility of individuals and community are as vital as putting more policemen and high-tech surveillance amidst us to deter crime.
Democracy, Shahrir says, is about being responsible and not about pointing fingers and finding faults while not attempting to seek solutions.Joining hands is certainly better than pointing fingers.
p/s Police Base certainly sounds better than Pondok Polis (see picture at the top of this page - of a Police Base in Johor - to get into the 'transformation' mood.