worsening crime record, highlighted by three separate killings yesterday and
the closure of one-third of the 2,000 24-hour clinics in the Klang Valley,
has become a major obstacle to investment and economic development if not
by Lim Kit Siang
(Petaling Jaya, Sunday): Malaysia’s worsening crime record, highlighted by three separate killings yesterday and the closure of one-third of the 2,000 24-hour clinics in the Klang Valley, has become a major obstacle to investment and economic development if not checked urgently
Yesterday saw three cold-blooded killings, viz:
At this rate, Malaysia will swiftly gain international notoriety as a country of rampant crime. That Malaysia, particularly the Klang Valley, has become very dangerous and unsafe place for both personal safety and property has been further underlined by the revelation that about 30 per cent of the 4,000 licensed 24-hour clinics in Malaysia have stopped operating past midnight because the doctors fear being targeted by criminals.
Malaysian Medical Association president Datuk Dr. N. Arumugam said at a public seminar yesterday on physical violence, sexual crimes and abuse of maids in Malaysia that the clinics, mostly in the Klang Valley, resorted to such measures for fear of being robbed by those posing as patients and that nurses are afraid to go home at the end of the late shift because they do not feel safe.
The relentless double rise in the crime rate and the fear of crime in the past decade, which has destroyed the peace of mind of all Malaysians as they have lost the fundamental right of personal safety and community security whether in the streets, public places or their homes, has yet to be taken seriously by the Cabinet, Parliament and the Police. DAP calls on the Cabinet on Wednesday to send out a clear and unmistakable message that it has placed crime as its topmost national priority with the determination to roll back the crime wave by restoring to Malaysians their fundamental rights to be free from crime and the fear of crime.
* Lim Kit Siang, Parliamentary Opposition Leader,
Member of Parliament for Ipoh Timor & DAP National Chairman