Malaysia is becoming the laughing stock of the whole region if not the world. Where else would you enjoy the security of alfesco dining with armed guards watching over you but here in Malaysia. Those flers in the Little Red Dot must be laughing their guts out. Or they are not coming over to spend their money anymore. Kiasi ma. The Straits Times in Singapore yesterday ran this story...
PETALING JAYA - Several restaurants in Kuala Lumpur and Selangor have hired armed guards following recent attacks on diners at eateries by robbers armed with parangs.
The spate of crime, including burglars who entered the bungalow of Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin in bright daylight last week, has led to debate on whether the repeal of an emergency law - that put criminal kingpins behind bars without going through the courts - had led to the more brazen acts.
The government in 2011 abolished the Emergency Ordinance (EO), as part of its reform programme after being pushed by Malaysian rights groups. Its abolition led to the release of 2,000 hardened criminals, including leaders of crime groups and gangsters, officials say.
The case of diners at restaurants in shophouses being hit by robbers late at night or in the wee hours of the morning began several months ago in KL and several Selangor suburbs.
In one case, eight parang-wielding men robbed customers and the restaurant owner of RM24,000 (S$9,600) in cash and mobile phones at 4am.
To avoid a similar fate, the South Sea Seafood Restaurant in Kampung Baru Subang, located just outside KL, has invested in extra security.
"It is an unusual and costly move for a restaurant but we feel that prevention is better than cure," said restaurant owner Terence Wong, 42.
"We had heard about restaurants being targeted by robbers so we decided to engage an armed guard a month ago."
The failure to hire such armed guards had proven to be costly for the owners of the Lala Chong Seafood Restaurant, which has two outlets.
Robbers armed with parangs hit its outlet at the upmarket Ara Damansara estate in April.
Manager Wong Thian Foh, 35, said the company had security personnel for its other restaurant but felt the one in Ara Damansara was safe as it was located in an upper-class neighbourhood.
"The Ara Damansara restaurant ended up being an easy target for robbers," he said. Since the incident, more security guards have been hired for both restaurants.
"We are also looking at arming all our security guards in spite of the added costs," said Mr Wong.
Added to this is the series of cases where criminals brought trucks to literally cart away bank teller machines in the early hours of the morning.
Special Task Force (Operations and Counter Terrorism) director Mohamad Fuzi Harun said police needed the preventive laws such as the EO as existing legal mechanisms were insufficient to put away hardened criminals.
Penang police chief Abdul Rahim Hanafi said intelligence reports showed that some of the released EO detainees had returned to a life of violent crime.
But sceptics of the EO said the law had been abused to arrest political opponents of the government, and it must not be used as a short cut for sloppy investigations to nail a criminal.
The Home Minister informs us that new laws are being drafted to replace the Emergency Ordinance Act. His reason for this? to bring to book ex-detainees who have been found to be partly responsible for the rising crime rate. This minister who is facing court action for assault also tells us, "After the EO was repealed, ex-detainees who were released were found to be involved in criminal activities. They have taken advantage of this situation and have continued their activities in the areas they had controlled before". Unless he has been misquoted AGAIN, I'd like to ask the YB a silly question. If these ex-detainees are involved in the crimes then why are they not arrested? Oh, you don't know if it is really them issit? Then why use them as the excuse to introduce more draconian laws? Oh you know it's them but can't catch them issit? So what's the PDRM doing? Shouldn't you be beefing up the police force and making them more efficient rather than shooting your mouth in Parliament making silly announcements?
In the same story this dangerous minister was also quoted as saying that a "special squad" has been created to conduct raids on illegal drug operations and traffickers. Do not be surprised when this special squad, which will not comprise police officers from the state or district headquarters, conduct their raids".
Huh? Do not be surprised? Is he threatening someone? Who? Hiyoh! We elect these type of flers to run our country ah? Die lor.
The headline read... "Tan Sri shoots parang-wielding robber dead" What's a Tan Sri? Do his friends call him Sri or Mr. Tan?