10th Forum on Crime and Policing in Malaysia to offer new views on crime prevention, policing

The Forum on Crime and Policing in Malaysia has come a long way since its inception in 2004.

The 10th edition in George Town, Penang, today, aims to offer new perspectives on the way forward for crime prevention and policing in the country.

The forum’s organising chairman, Datuk Dr P. Sundramoorthy, said reducing crime was about improving the criminal justice system, including addressing crime and policing issues through innovative and effective strategies.

“When it comes to policing practices and policies, public views are often ignored. Community participation is crucial in changing policing practices in the country,” said Sundramoorthy.

“This year, our panellists are experts in law, drugs, enforcement and policing and those who have dealt with young offenders. They will share their insights with participants, including those from the public and private sectors.”

With the theme ‘Crime is Colour Blind’, the forum will see Malaysian Bar president Karen Cheah, Global Commission on Drug Policy commissioner Professor Datuk Dr Adeeba Kamarulzaman, ACP Dr S. Parusuraman, and DRB-Hicom University of Automative Malaysia vice-chancellor and chief executive director Professor Datuk Dr Omar Osman participate in the panel session.

Sundramoorthy will act as the moderator.

Penang Governor, Tun Ahmad Fuzi Abdul Razak, will launch and deliver the keynote address at Jen Penang Georgetown Hotel.

The forum is organised by Universiti Sains Malaysia’s Centre for Policy Research and International Studies (CenPRIS), the Penang government, Malaysia Crime Prevention Foundation (Penang) and the Penang State Contingent Police.

The sponsors include Magnum Corporation, Pan Malaysian Pools Sdn Bhd, STM Lottery Sdn Bhd, Pinang Peranakan Mansion and ASPEN Vision Development Sdn Bhd.

Twentytwo13 is the official media partner.

CenPRIS director, Associate Professor Dr Azeem Fazwan Ahmad Farouk, said the centre hoped, through the forum, to contribute to strengthening policies related to crime in Malaysia.

“As a research centre, we are prepared to do more research on crime and policing in Malaysia with the support of Prof. Sundramoorthy, an honorary associate professor with CenPRIS.

“Our panellists for the forum are academics and practitioners. That will give more credence to future strategies,” Azeem added.