Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Beyond break-ins and snatch thefts

The following is extracted from today's news report in Malaysia. I remember some 25 years ago when the main party conversation was house burglary. This gradually worsened to house robbery, whereby the perpetrator daringly goes into a person's house, tie up the occupants, and ransack the house without fear of being caught. This is often done without any concern that the neighbours would alert the police.

From house break-ins and house robberies, the criminals moved on to work day shifts too. They started to snatch ladies' handbags. Before long, robbery in the broad daylight and under public glare has now become an everyday affair. This has become so commonplace that people simply take it as an unlucky day when they become a victim. The victim would simply shrug it off, and get on with the day. Many people don't even bother to make a police report, not because they are indifferent, but because the police are totally unable to do anything about it other than taking down your statement.

The robbing spree reported below appears to be the next step up in crime activities in the country. Not contented with individual robberies, a group of robbers decided to go on a robbing spree. This is a dangerous precedent. It reminds me of the situation in many parts of Africa where groups of robbers would swoop down on a village and start attacking anyone and everyone, and then make off with the spoils. For this to happen in Malaysia, surely it demonstrates that the criminals in Malaysia have gotten bolder. How much worse is it going to get before things start to turn around? Or will Malaysia degenerate into a failed state like one of the African countries? God forbid!

Wednesday June 17, 2009

Robbing spree in Puchong

SUBANG JAYA: Seven parang-wielding robbers terrorised several businesses in Puchong in an hour-long robbing spree beginning at 5.30am.

They made off with approximately RM9,000, seven cellular phones, some jewellery and a school bag after hitting five restaurants and a hotel that were just opening for business yesterday.

(To read the rest, go to http://www.thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2009/6/17/nation/4133594&sec=nation )

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