The Royal Malaysian Police is currently testing a system that would allow people to lodge reports without have to be physically present at the station. This is part of the force’s efforts to modernise itself, but it looks like there is still some time to go before it is ready for mass use.
Information about the online police reports came from Deputy Home Minister Nur Jazlan Mohamed, who was answering a question in Parliament. According to the minister, the system is now on trial with the Brickfields and Taman Tun Dr Ismail stations.
There are still some problems to work out before the project can be fully deployed. Nur Jazlan explained that there was an issue on how people will sign off on the report. Discussions are being held with the Attorney-General on allowing digital signatures.
Online reporting would fix a major problem people face when attempting to lodge reports with the police: going to the right precinct. Ideally, this would make things more convenient for people to report crimes; and therefore make the police more aware of what is happening in their jurisdictions.
[Source: The Star]