The Blame Game
By: Editor; Tengku Elena
Assalamu’alaikum and greetings from Shah Alam Journalis!
On behalf of the editorial board, I hope it is not too late to wish “Happy 2008!”
Time for resolutions, and speaking of resolutions, I do not have many but one which I seriously like to shout about which is for Shah Alam Journalis to excel towards serving you better.
The New Year has already started and there are already a lot of issues that is happening in our country.
What I can see is that it has been rather common for the public to play ‘pin-point’ on issues pertaining robberies, murders, rapes, accidents, bullying, the cleanliness of the environments, child abductions and other issues in relation.
The recent example is the abduction of Sharlinie Mohd Nasyar, aged 5, on 9th January after the brutal murder of Nurin Jazlin Jazimin, aged 8, last year.
The search has been going on for more than a week and we have been hearing the public blaming the parents for their negligence in keeping an eye on their child.
Instead of us helping to search for the missing child, we are adding more salt on their pain and sorrows.
In what way does the blaming contribute with the issue? Blaming makes matters worst and it contributes to nothing.
The authorities has boosted up the number of police force this year and agreed to place CCTVs at school compounds to prevent from the rise of crime. They have done their part.What about us as citizens?
Point not to others as three other fingers are pointing back at us.
This tragedy may not happen to you now but in the future, it may be possible if no action is done.
So let us work together to help prevent crime from rising for when there is a will, there is always a way.
Malaysian Should Not Neglect Crime
By : Syaffiq Soffi
Increase in crime rates has raised concern from many including parents, hawkers, students and even foreign tourists who by the thousand flock to the country.
Where once Malaysia was admired for its safety, the country has now become the melting pot for criminals to thrive and commit their malicious acts.
Most often the nightly news reports will begin or end with
accounts of violent crimes committed by both local and foreign offenders.
Despite the effort done by
local police to reduce the increase in crime rates, the public still feel that not much have been done to counter the problem.
Many have voiced their concerns through the media and similarly the media too have unfailingly
emphasized the situation and perceptions that goes with it.
The issue of escalating crime rate has been highlighted by ACP Amar Singh Sindu in his research entitled “The Rise of Crimes in Malaysia An Academic and Statistical Analysis” (2004), featuring how The Malaysian Quality of Life Index (MQLI) has
recorded a downturn trend in two of its indices, one of which includes public safety. Until now not much have change.
Recently, a report written by Andrew Ong in an article entitled “13% Spike in Violent Crimes: Police” (2008) shows a 13 % increase in violent crimes committed in the
previous year including a 160% rise in unarmed gang robbery cases, a 30% rise in rape cases, a 21% rise in night-time house break-ins, a 11% increase in car theft.
Long gone are the days in which children are left free to run in playgrounds and walk the streets alone without their parents having to worry about their safety.
Recently Malaysians were shocked when a naked body of a girl was found dead in front of a sports equipment shop with a cucumber and brinjal inserted into her private part.
An autopsy was done to reveal that the body belonged to Nurin Jazlin Binti Jazimin, an eight year-old girl who went missing after she had gone to a wet market near her house in Wangsa Maju.
The crime was one of Malaysia’s worst and most gruesome ever committed to a child in the history of the country.
Just as the cruel reality was beginning to sink in the thoughts of the public, another child Sharlinie is reported missing with little information on suspects or eye witnesses.
Politicians and other people of power has also fallen victim to these hideous crime where in Johor a state assemblymen was found murdered
after being shot once below the left eyebrow.
Many vendors and hawkers have been robbed of their belongings and profit all because of the growing audacity of robbers to commit such acts in open areas and in broad daylight.
What makes it worse is that these criminal have since targeted foreigners as they are likely seen as easier to fool, especially the ones who do not speak the local language.
Often tourists are forced to protect their belongings even in
recreational areas and tourist spots.
According to JD Lovrenciear in an article entitled “No excuse for rising crime rate” (Malaysiakini, 2007) in reference to Ong’s article he wrote “In many of these cities(foreign cities), we do not witness shoppers clutching handbags for fear of snatch thefts and homes are not barricaded like high-security prisons as is the
increasing trend for Malaysian homes. Letting your young daughters walk alone on a shopping spree in a foreign land seems to be an easy decision unlike doing the same back here.”
Making closed circuit television (CCTV) installment compulsory in stores and public areas, recruiting more civilians as police officers, constructing more police stations and beat-bases are the core measure in which the government has taken to prevent the increase in crime rates.
However, if such actions fails to at least reduce crime then it is time for Malaysia to observe and learn from the measure taken by other countries in dealing with the problem and should not just blame the public for their lack of involvement.