Sunday, April 28, 2013

Listen, crime is down | theSundaily

Listen, crime is down

Posted on 28 April 2013 - 08:28pm
Last updated on 28 April 2013 - 10:22pm
R. Nadeswaran

"On Wednesday, around 7.15pm, my wife brought my daughter out to get some books in Taipan (in Subang Jaya).
After she came out from shop, as she was walking towards her car, she was stopped by one guy. This guy place a knife on her neck, asking her 'jangan jerit' (don't scream). This guy then came in front of her and asking her to give him the handphone that my wife was holding. Because she was carrying my daughter in her arms, she didn't fight back nor run, she handed the phone to him immediately.
Few seconds later, this guy told my wife to hand over my daughter to him, my wife instantly hold my daughter as close as possible to her chest and bend away from the guy, With the knife in his hand, he slashed my wife on her arms trying to hurt her and snatch my daughter.Someone saw the assault and shouted from afar, that's when the guy fled the scene with only her handphone.
My wife suffered a few wounds around her arms and neck, eight stitches in total and thank God she's fine now and also my baby daughter.
My baby was unharmed.
"THE email containing this fearful encounter was forwarded to me, accompanied by close-up pictures of the stab wounds. It came three days after a jogger was stabbed to death in the Bukit Gasing area.
On Friday, Royal Malaysian Customs deputy director-general Datuk Shaharuddin Ibrahim was shot dead at a junction near the Putrajaya police station.
During any other period, such a brutal murder of a senior civil servant of his status would have made the front page of every newspaper, but understandably, the whole nation is gripped by the election fever.
Shaharuddin was shot about 8.40am at Lebuh Wawasan coming from Dengkil. He was rushed to hospital and wheeled into the intensive care unit but was pronounced dead.On the same day, a barber was shot dead in Taman Billion while an RTD runner was shot dead in Seremban.The shooting in the country's administrative capital increases the spotlight on crime – six days after armed men stabbed 52-year-old Irene Ong to death in Petaling Jaya in broad daylight.
The government and the police in particular have been battling perception that crime is on the increase. They debunked critics by claiming that from 2009 to 2012 the national crime rate dropped by 27% while street crime fell by 39.7%. Police also said the national crime rate fell 6% in the first quarter of 2013 against the same period last year.
Despite such assertions, we continue to hear of patrons of well-known restaurants being robbed. The incidence of snatch thefts have also been talked about but then, when officialdom decrees that crime is down, we meekly accept it and carry on as if it is as reassuring as it is supposed to be.Personal tales of abduction, assault and robbery have gone viral. On Facebook, Malaysians have recorded their ordeals as victims of crime. Discussions in the blogosphere present totally different scenarios.
Shopping malls and residents' groups have launched patrols, sales of security equipment are surging, newspapers offer tips on how to avoid becoming a victim and social media are abuzz with anguish over the situation.
The Performance Management Delivery Unit (Pemandu) in its website identifies the initiatives taken and the results that have been achieved in bringing down crime. And again when the bureaucrats speak, the lesser mortals have to listen. If that is the case, why can't we go for our walks and jogs without being maimed or murdered? Why are communities spending large sums of money on boom gates and private security guards?
With all the numbers skewed and crunched from the various police districts, the final verdict has been dictated and stuffed down our throats – crime is down. Really? Perhaps Benjamin Disraeli provided the answer when he famously said: "There are three types of lies – lies, damn lies, and statistics."

R. Nadeswaran is editor (special and investigative reporting) at theSun and can be reached at:

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