Most Malaysians feel unsafe in country, says UN report

Source: The Malay Mail Online

The UN 2015 Human Development Report showed that only 48 per cent of respondents feel safe in their own country. — Picture by Choo Choy May

The UN 2015 Human Development Report showed that only 48 per cent of respondents feel safe in their own country. — Picture by Choo Choy May

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 17 — Less than half of Malaysians feel safe inside their own country, according to a United Nations (UN) report released this week that cited a Gallup poll.

The UN 2015 Human Development Report showed that only 48 per cent of respondents said “yes” last year to the Gallup World Poll question: “Do you feel safe walking alone at night in the city or area where you live?”

But the UN report also cited other data from the US research firm in the UN’s survey on perceptions of well-being, noting that in 2014, 63 per cent trusted the national government and just slightly more than half, 57 per cent, had confidence in the judicial system.

Malaysians also gave a six out of 10 score on the overall life satisfaction index, with 10 being the most satisfied.

Malaysia was ranked 62nd out of 188 countries in the UN’s Human Development Index that measured human development, categorised as a long and healthy life, knowledge and a decent standard of living, far below Singapore that ranked 11th.