Bandar Kuching MP Chong Chieng Jen was reported by The Borneo Post as saying that the Barisan Nasional (BN) government is deliberately allowing crimes in the nation to rise to justify reintroducing preventive laws.

The claim was made at a press conference held at the DAP headquarters here yesterday commenting on the recent spike in violent crimes in the country.

Chong claimed that the preventive laws would enable the BN government to arrest anyone including opposition leaders without giving any reason, hence allowing it to be abused for political advantage.

Chong further claimed that only 14.2 per cent of the nation’s police force were directly dealing with criminal investigations or fighting crime and he pointed out that it was the main reason why the police had not been able to control crime.

He added that 50 per cent of the total police force should be deployed to combat crime instead.

Deputy Home Minister Datuk Dr Wan Junaidi Tuanku in a brief response said Chong’s statement was the most irresponsible statement of all, while adding that “the government is not going to reintroduce law against political opponents. If there is any preventive law to be introduced now it will be against criminals and crime related activities.”

Wan Junaidi also said that he hoped the opposition would help combat crime.