Wednesday, January 03, 2007

Crime City

You know that crime in the city is at worrying levels in the city (and country) when you hear news of it first hand, instead of from friends who heard from friends who heard from... all within a few months.

A friend and ex-colleague was robbed in front of her house in Petaling Jaya by a "friendly-looking man" waiting with a parang in a car.

An existing staff experienced violent snatch theft twice within a period of 3 years. The first one landed her in hospital. She isn't the only victim in the office.

Another managerial staff had his notebook stolen from his boot within 10 minutes of leaving his car. Sdr Lim Kit Siang himself, suffered the same fate last month.

My sister-in-law's working in a foreign trade mission office which was robbed of its computer equipment in broad daylight.

An ex-staff had her SUV carjacked early last year. And a General Manager of IBM Malaysia who is a close business partner, had his carjacked late last year. This doesn't take into account stories of people who had lost their cars within minutes of collecting their new car keys!

And over the Hari Raya Puasa period, my house was broken into. After plenty of hardwork by the burglar(s) rummaging the house, I lost an old handphone and two bottles of Jack Daniels (which was won in lucky draws).

Its scary if you really think about it, is it not? Is it because the country is now run by idiotic frontbenchers like Deputy Internal Security Minister, Mohd Johari Baharum who believes its the rakyat's fault? Or is it a lack of commitment from our country's police force? Or is it a symtom of deteriorating economy where the rich gets richer and the poor gets poorer?

When someone as lackadaisical and nonchalant about security as me gets paranoid about it, it is indeed worrying (or is it age? ;)). Are we on the slippery slope to become Gotham City? Batman?
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