CONSUMERIST: RISING ROBBERIES AND WOMEN VICTIMS!

Dato Jacob George

‘It is time Malaysians of all walks of life come together in unity and address such cases instead of being spectators! !

It is time the Civil Society take it upon themselves to take on these robbers when we see them carrying out an attack!

If we are in our cars we should chase and run them down using our cars as a weapon! If we have protective gear in the car we should confront these rapid dogs to protect others.

If we can mobilize such civil action and response at the time of an happening instead of being a watcher or spectator and a no good deed doer then all is lost!

Remember the next time it could be your loved one, a mother, wife, sister, daughter, grandmother….., ’ – Dr Jacob George

CONSUMERIST: RISING ROBBERIES AND WOMEN VICTIMS!

Yesterday at 6.30am my wife, a Malaysian doctor was attending to her car at a Shell Petrol Station in Kayu Ara PJU 6A, where she was robbed of her handbag with monies and personal documents by two Malay robbers on a motorbike!

Before 6.55am they had attempted to use her ATM card but failed at a bank close to the incident!

I am rather shocked that other patrons at the said Shell station never went to her aid!

How many times in the last 37 years have I put myself in harms way to address a wrong or fight for the rights, interests and needs of Malaysian consumers!

All for what (?) getting a bad name for not being like others ‘hunting with the hounds and running with the hares’ which gives you instant invitation to Malaysia’s Hall of Fame and various appointments and honorifics!

This sad and tragic incident was captured on Shell’s CCTV entirely how the two robbers had come into the station, done their observation round, parked just below the CCTV and waiting watching this doctor attend to her car before moving from two sides to steal her personal belongings in the car!

The rather shocked and traumatized woman was in tears when I spoke to her!

IF only I was there!

She had made a Police report in Petaling Jaya and later in the evening followed through with another report at Mutiara  Damansara this time, having me by her side.

I had alerted my friends at the Selangor State Police Contingent and Bukit Aman and am thankful for their speedy response and support!

I had got the Shell petrol Station to download the incident and copied it providing a copy to the Police for the Forensic Team to comb it as I am certain these were serial robbers and targeting helpless women!

The incident is uploaded also in face book and You Tube so that members of the public can help Police with the identities of the two and at the same time be educated on the ‘do and don’ts’ by this incident!

The You Tube Link is as follows:

youtube damansara shell robbery.

I am sad that my wife was a real soft target and wished I was by her side when this incident took place it would be great to see if these ‘rabid dogs’ have the courage to take us on then!

It is time Malaysians of all walks of life come together in unity and address such cases instead of being spectators! !

It is time the Civil Society take it upon themselves to take on these robbers when we see them carrying out an attack!

If we are in our cars we should chase and run them down using our cars as a weapon! If we have protective gear in the car we should confront these rapid dogs to protect others.

If we can mobilize such civil action and response at the time of an happening instead of being a watcher and a no good deed doer then all is lost!

If we do then the robbers will know that society has said enough is enough and will take it upon themselves to confront a robber to save and protect the victim!

If we do not then we can read in many Travel Advisories such things being stated about Malaysia:

‘There were confirmed incidents involving arson, attempted arson and vandalism against places of worship across Malaysia in early January 2010. No-one was injured in these attacks, nor were any foreign tourists involved. You should exercise caution and avoid and demonstrations, which might place you at risk. You should respect local traditions, customs, laws and religions at all times. See the Local Laws and Customs section of this Travel Advice. You should be aware of the dangers of street crime, particularly bag snatching and pickpockets – and scams involving gambling or spiked drinks.

Incidents of bag snatching are common. There have been many cases of bags being snatched by thieves on motorbikes. When going out, avoid carrying valuables with you. Bags with shoulder straps should either be carried with the bag towards the pavement rather than the road, or tucked under the arm. Do not wrap the strap around your arm or shoulder and do not try to hold on to your bag. People have been injured or killed by being pulled to the ground by their bag straps. If your bag is snatched, make a police report as soon as possible

  • Always be aware of your surroundings.
  • Take particular care of your belongings especially your passport, as visitors’ passports have been stolen on aircraft, cafes, airport and railway terminals, and from hotel rooms.
  • Be careful if offered a drink by a stranger, even in a reputable bar or restaurant. Such approaches can involve spiked drinks, and have resulted in cases of robbery and assault.
  • Do not open your hotel room door to strangers, even those wearing hotel uniform, and especially late at night. This applies particularly to women traveling alone.
  • Credit card and ATM fraud is widespread. Take great care when making payments by credit card and using ATMs. There have been many instances where cards have been duplicated and skimming devices added to ATMs.

Then, it is no point for our ‘Wisma Putra boys and girls’ to scream unfair international wire or report – it is time to clean up Malaysia and allow our boys and girls in blue to do their job by assisting them with higher salaries, support service, infrastructures and resources!

And a word of caution to the politicians:

It is time you allowed the Malaysian Police to carry out their jobs professionally instead of interfering and frustrating their efforts to curb crime!
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