The prime minister said the Security and Public Order Policy (DKKA) will also ensure that Malaysia remains a sovereign, peaceful, prosperous and respected nation in the world arena while keeping the people united and safeguarding national interests.
He said that although Malaysia can take pride in being the 16th out of 163 countries in the Global Peace Index 2019, what is more important is the reduction of criminal cases in the country so that the people can feel they are safe.
“This policy is designed to be a guide and reference to address various ever-challenging issues in the security and public order sector,” he said when launching the policy.
Dr Mahathir said the DKKA is most needed at a time that the country is facing complex security threats which are difficult to address through conventional means.
“The government has the responsibility to guarantee the security of the country and the people. A safe and peaceful country will contribute to the prosperity and well-being of the people,” he said.
The prime minister said the world now faces various complex security challenges and these threats pose a huge challenge to any government in the world to ensure the security of the country and the people.
Dr Mahathir said security and public order encompass all aspects, from upholding the constitution and the institutions of religion, race and country; strengthening of border security; ensuring security and public order; combating the drug threat and safeguarding the country’s important assets and installations.
He said it is hoped that the policy will resolve the issue of overlapping policies and help to streamline them.
He also said that the economy needs a stable and peaceful environment to grow and this growth will be made difficult if the country is in turmoil.