Petaling Jaya, Malaysia: A sum of RM102 million will be allocated for 149 local authorities next year to reactivate and expand the Safe City Programme which was introduced in 2004, according to Datuk Chor Chee Heung, Housing and Local Government Minister, Malaysia. Heung informed that since 2004, only 39 out of the 149 local authorities participated in the programme. It will now be reactivated and expanded to all local authorities nationwide in an effort to reduce street crime.
“A total of RM36 million had been allocated to implement the programme this year to ensure that the 39 local authorities achieve safe-city status,” he told reporters after opening the Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) Seminar 2010.
He said six immediate measures which emphasised proper environmental design, would he undertaken under the Safe City Programme, namely the separation of pedestrian walkways from vehicle lanes, lighting, safety alarm, safety mirrors and cleaning and clearing of unkempt areas.
“Others are the installation of closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras and the establishment of GIS-based maps for the identification of crime hot spots,” he added.
Earlier, he urged local authorities to ensure that the Safe City Programme is a compulsory agenda to be discussed at their monthly meetings and the outcome of crime prevention measures be submitted periodically to the ministry.
On the Global Peace Index (GPI), Heung said Malaysia was the third safest country in Asia after Japan and Singapore and placed 26th among 144 countries globally, last year.
In the 2010 GPI report, Malaysia is ranked 22nd in the world, overtaking Singapore as the safest country in Southeast Asia and coming in second, behind Japan among Asian countries.