Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Policing at Mont'Kiara leaves much to be desired | theSundaily

ECGMA says: Presently, I am living in Mont Kiara and I am familiar with the police station as mentioned. Nearly every other day I walk by this foresaken supposedly police station. You don't see anyone on most days and if you do, 1 or 2 unfit-looking coppers. What exactly do they do, really other than wasting taxpayers' money?

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Policing at Mont’Kiara leaves much to be desired

Posted on 5 March 2014 - 09:24pm

WE have lived in Mont'Kiara for 18 years and been happy to raise our three boys in local schools. It has not always been sunshine and laughter but we have felt reasonably secure. Not any more.

We have been aware of the rising levels of crime, but not on our doorstep.

On Sunday, our 14-year-old son rode his bike to his friend's condo where they would work on a school project. He arrived at 11.45am, took out his smartphone to tell his friend he had arrived and to ask him to let him in through the lobby.

Before he could get through a motorcycle raced up behind him, and his phone was snatched.

This happened near the police post almost opposite the International School and in full view of condo security and customers. No one helped. We went to the police station a 100m away from our home in Mont'Kiara to report the incident. We arrived to see a police corporal watching TV and waited for a few moments.

He glared at us and said, "yes, what do you want?" No smiles, no concern and no politeness.

We briefly outlined what had happened and told him we wanted to make a report. We were shocked at his response.

He asked: "Why? The phone has gone, so has he, so claim on the insurance."

I lost it a bit, I must admit. I had a young son who was still shocked, upset and shaking and now this response. I told him that he was the police and we were the victims of a crime.

I insisted that he make a report but he made such a fuss that we told him we would go to Bukit Aman. At Bukit Aman, we were told to go to Dang Wangi.

We did and thank God we found some real police officers. A female lance corporal, with others in support, did the job in a caring way that made our son feel better.

We went back to Mont'Kiara but no sooner had we arrived than a detective sergeant from Travers asked if we would go and see him. We did and he explained that they rarely caught these robbers directly but picked them up through stolen goods channels.

We went back to Mont'Kiara to relax and enjoy a drink at Starbucks. Oh no! Our eldest son had walked on ahead, he has a part time job at Starbucks while waiting for his SPM results. Just outside a crowded McDonalds he had been detained and interrogated by two young police officers.

We were furious.

The officers were surly and wouldn't back off. Neither would we. We told them to find some real criminals. Was that the end. Unfortunately, no.

Yesterday (Monday), we were at Starbucks again waiting for our son who had been robbed the day before to return from his Mandarin class.

He turned up shaken and worried. A motorcyclist had driven up behind him, stopped him, told him he was a policeman and interrogated him demanding to see his IC. The cop was not in uniform.

Our son was let go, but noticed that the cop went into the Mont'Kiara police station. We went and confronted the two policemen inside.

They were the same as the two who had stopped our eldest son the day before. We accused them of harassment and bullying young boys who would normally look to the police for protection. They explained that young boys were smashing and stealing cars. We told them the culprits were motorcyclists.

After awhile, they apologised, we shook hands and left. If this is adequate policing then the government had better redefine the words. Well, perhaps they have and that maybe the whole source of the problem.

Denis Hayes
Kuala Lumpur

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