Archive for June 21st, 2007

Crime in Johor Has Affected Tourism

June 21, 07

Well, DUH!

Although most of the crime happens in Johor Bahru city and surrounding suburbs and roads, and there isn’t really anything for tourists to see or do in JB itself anyway.

But all of us know where the Johor government’s priorities lie – making money off visitors, saving face with visitors, staying in power and comfort.

Crime in Johor has affected tourism – SO much worser and horrible-er than schoolgirls getting raped  and everyone else getting murdered.

There’s this Visit Malaysia Year 2003 signboard near the traffic lights with the catchphrase: “Johor – Keseronokan tak terhingga-hingga!” (Johor – Endless enjoyment) or something to that effect. Johor having nothing much to do at all, I wondered what keseronokans the sign refers to.

Of course. The lackdaisal attitude of the police and the selfish priorities of the government mean that for the criminals, it truly is Keseronokan Tak Terhingga-hingga. Especially the rides featuring defenceless women.

Still, I bet if a Caucasian lady got gang raped by the usual JB wolves, the problem would be cracked down on much sooner than ‘just’ another Chinese girl getting attacked.

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From The Star 21 June 2007:

Crime in Johor has affected tourism

MUAR: Issues related with the spate of crimes and the people’s protests reported in and around Johor Baru have some adverse effects on the states’s tourism industry. 

Deputy Tourism Minister Datuk Donald Lim said although the ministry had yet to gauge the damage, the issues had to some extent affected the tourism sector. 

Speaking to reporters here he said the ministry welcomed the decision by the Cabinet on Wednesday for Johor to have additional policemen to curb crime more effectively. 

“We are concerned over the several crime incidents, especially of rob-and-rape in Johor Baru, and hope efforts will be taken to curb them. 

“We also hope the people will be more alert and try to protect themselves from any such incident,” he said before opening the Muar MCA division meeting on Wednesday. 

Lim said besides, they should also act fast in alerting the police if they happened to spot criminal activities in the areas, adding that, everyone should be committed in curbing crime. 

He said the people should also know the police hotline numbers besides the Emergency Line 999, or call the nearest police station for speedy action. 

Lim also urged Malaysians, especially those in the tourism frontlines such as immigration officers, taxi drivers, traders, and hoteliers, to be courteous and friendly to all tourists. 

He said compared to the Thais, who always treated tourists with smiles and courtesy, Malaysians were still lacking and he hoped Malaysians would be courteous and smile. 

He said the ministry had launched related programmes to educate those in the frontlines on the proper ways to treat foreign tourists, including teaching them the English Language. 

“We have also adopted the slogan ‘Malaysia Welcomes The World’ last year and provided the necessary courses to some 20,000 front liners, including taxi drivers. 

“It is up to them to apply what they have learned when they meet with foreign tourists but we hope they will be friendly and put on their smiles,” he said. 

“It is important for the tourists to see our good sides and they will spread the good word, that Malaysians are friendly and always willing to help to others, in their countries,” he added.  

Cabinet Says Crack Down On JB Criminals

June 21, 07

Two lessons can be learned from this. First, that only the united voice of the people can make the Malaysian govt to get moving. Second, only a spate of horrendous crimes can wake Malaysian citizens from their slumber.

But this response comes way too late… Decades too late. Because two more schoolgirls have just been raped. Timely decision, my yellow Chinese @$$!

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From The Star 21 June 2007:

Cabinet orders crackdown on crime in Johor Baru

KUALA LUMPUR: Four hundred more cops in the streets, RM6mil for three new temporary district police headquarters and 200 more police vehicles for patrolling – these are among the measures approved by the Cabinet yesterday to clean up Johor Baru after the recent spate of violent crimes there. 

“With these immediate steps, we hope to allay concerns and increase public confidence,” said Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, who chaired the Cabinet meeting yesterday. 

Najib, who is also Defence Minister, has assumed the additional task of Internal Security Minister in the absence of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, who is in Russia. 

The three district police centres will be set up in shophouses at Seri Alam, Nusa Jaya and Kulai and 400 policemen from the General Operations Force and the Federal Reserve Unit will be deployed there.  

The Cabinet’s decision appeared all the more timely with two more rapes reported in Johor Baru yesterday. 

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From The Star 21 June 2007:

Get those thugs, says Cabinet

KUALA LUMPUR: The Cabinet has ordered the police to come down hard on criminals in Johor Baru and take three urgent steps to clean up the city’s image as a crime-ridden place. 

Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, who chaired the Cabinet meeting yesterday, said the most urgent directive ordered was for a higher police presence in the city’s streets, with 400 additional police personnel to be sent in immediately. 

The other steps are three temporary new district police headquarters at Seri Alam, Nusa Jaya and Kulai. 

Najib said the Government had approved RM6mil for leasing existing shophouses for the purpose. 

“They do not have to wait for permanent buildings to be built. They can take immediate steps to set up district police stations by renting shophouses as an interim measure,” he said. 

Najib said approval had also been given for the use of 200 Proton cars for patrolling. These vehicles would come with trained drivers. 

“With these immediate steps, we hope to allay concerns and increase public confidence,” he said after witnessing the signing of a memorandum of understanding between Bank Negara’s Credit Counselling and Debt Management Agency at the Defence Ministry. 

IGP Tan Sri Musa Hassan said 300 police personnel from the General Operations Force (GOF) and another 100 from the Federal Reserve Unit (FRU) would be sent to patrol the streets of Johor Baru over the next few days. 

“These 400 policemen will help those presently doing crime prevention rounds. 

“They will be in Johor until 400 new officers and men passing out from the academy are sent to the state,” he said, adding that 11 new police stations would also be set up soon. 

On the crime rate in Johor, the IGP said police had managed to bring it down by more than 7.5 % or about 1,000 cases over the first five months of the year compared with the corresponding period last year.  

The Cabinet discussed the rising crime rate in the country and the recent cases in Johor after the issue was raised by the MCA yesterday. 

Party president Datuk Seri Ong Ka Ting said MCA vice-president and Johor MCA chief Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek had briefed the Cabinet on the meetings he had held with the police officers and representatives from associations in Johor Baru. 

“The government is paying serious attention to crime and has directed the relevant authorities to speed up the process of upgrading facilities and equipment,” said Ong, who is also Housing and Local Government Minister. 

Dr Chua said approvals for more personnel, patrol cars and temporary usage of shop houses, as police stations were “a good sign.”  

“The public will welcome the measures,” he added.  

Two Schoolgirl Rapes in JB, Just Six Hours Apart

June 21, 07

The Johor criminals openly display what all the rest of us are thinking, namely: All this public noise, promises by the government and bolstering of police forces will do NOTHING to stop crime in Johor.

One of them even had the guile and nerve to pretend to be a policeman to get his victim! In broad daylight! See how much JB criminals FEAR the law?

SICKENING. Because they may very well be right.

We are Bolehland in only the unimportant, obscure and nuanced things.

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From The Star 21 June 2007:

Two rape incidents in Johor Baru, just six hours apart

JOHOR BARU: A schoolgirl was raped by four men and another by a bogus policeman in two separate incidents within a six-hour period. 

In the first incident, a 16-year-old schoolgirl who had quarrelled with her boyfriend went to calm her feelings at a lake in Taman Tasik Dahlia, Pasir Gudang, at about 12.30am here yesterday. 

Four men on motorcycles turned up, started harassing her and forced her on to one of the motorcycles.  

They then took her to a secluded area near some factories in Tanjung Langsat and took turns to rape her.  

After that, they dropped her off at the lake and fled. 

The victim flagged down a taxi to get home and later lodged a police report. 

A police source said they are looking for the men aged between 20 and 30. 

In the second incident, a 14-year-old schoolgirl and her 13-year-old brother were waiting for the school bus in Tampoi at 6.30am yesterday when a man drove up to them and identified himself as a policeman. 

He told them to get into his car and demanded their MyKads. 

When they could not produce the cards, the man took the siblings back to their house in Taman Johor. 

However, when the girl’s brother went inside to get the identification cards, he sped off with the girl. 

The man took the girl to a secluded area in Technology Park in Senai and raped her and left. 

The girl managed to hail passers-by who took her home. 

She lodged a report at the Tampoi police station at 9.30am, and was sent to Sultanah Aminah Hospital for a medical check-up. 

Police urged anyone with information on both cases to contact the police hotline at 07-221-2999 or the nearest police station. 

Serious crime appears to be on the upswing.  

On June 12, three men raped a 19-year-old girl and forced her 22-year-old boyfriend to watch.  

The following day, a group of armed men took a couple on a terror ride before raping the 35-year-old woman in the presence of her friend, who was slashed. 

On Monday, an unemployed man and his seven-month pregnant wife were found murdered in their home in Taman Desa Anggerik in Seremban.  


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