KUALA LUMPUR: The fear of crime among Malaysians fell from 80 per cent last year to 61 per cent this year, said Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.
Citing a study by Pemandu, the Performance Management and Delivery Unit, he said 51 per cent of the respondents were satisfied with the overall service of the police.
About 59 per cent said they were satisfied with the level of service at police stations, while 63 per cent said they were affected by police misconduct, said Mr Zahid, who is also Home Minister.
He also said 65 per cent of the respondents were worried about crime in their area while 67 per cent were worried about walking outdoors at night.
“Some of us do not want to acknowledge the fact that police have performed their duties admirably. Credit must be given when it is due,” The Star newspaper quoted him as saying in reply to a question from Senator Chia Song Cheng.
The study, titled National Key Result Area Reducing Crime: Perception of Crime Indicator, polled 14,393 survey respondents online.