Help Robbers and Get Robbed (and Other JB Crime Cases)

From The Star 1 June 2007:

Workers who provided men refuge get robbed instead

JOHOR BARU: Hiding several men fleeing from a police raid early yesterday turned out to be a bad move for three Indonesian workers.  

Those men turned out to be robbers. They tied up the workers and ransacked a factory in Jalan Pontian. 

State CID chief Senior Asst Comm (II) Roslan Ahmad said police, acting on a tip-off, sent a team to the location and caught three suspects. 

“We recovered a lorry loaded with plastic resins and some parang,” he said. 

Police are looking for several others still at large. 

In Ulu Tiram, an alert neighbour who knew that his neighbour was not at home alerted police when he saw two people in the house. 

SAC Roslan said this led to the arrest of two suspects, including one who had a criminal record. 

He said the house owner, a teacher, had gone back to his hometown for the holidays and had informed his neighbours. 

Police also arrested two men believed to be involved in at least five robberies during an early morning operation in Johor Jaya.  

Johor Baru (South) OCPD Asst Comm Shafie Ismail said a knife and two motorcycles were recovered from the suspects. 

He said the suspects targeted people returning home late at night and would strike at the gate by pointing a knife at potential victims and demanding for their cash and valuables. 

Anyone with information on criminal activity can contact the police hotline at 07-221 2999 or the nearest police station.  


From The Star 1 June 2007:

Cops nab four in crime-prevention ops

JOHOR BARU: Police arrested four people with weapons and break-in tools in separate operations in Taman Permas Jaya here. 

Johor Baru (South) OCPD Asst Comm Shafie Ismail said that the arrests were made during a special crime prevention operation in the housing estate that began May 28. 

In the first arrest, he said police picked up two men found to be acting suspiciously on Wednesday. 

“They were riding on a motorcycle and making rounds at 2am so police flagged them down for a check,” he said. 

ACP Shafie said that upon checking, police recovered a parang, a knife, an allen-key and other items from the duo, who were in their 20s and 30s. 

He said that at 10pm the next day, police arrested another two more men attempting to break into a house. 

He said that police also found some tools, which could be used for break-ins, on the suspects, who had three previous records of break-ins. 

“All four suspects are being detained for further investigations,” said ACP Shafie. 


From The Star 1 June 2007:

Stripped clean of all metal

JOHOR BARU: Scrap metal thefts are becoming so rampant at the Taman Permas Jaya 10 commercial centre that some 30% of the shoplots there have been stripped clean of any saleable metal. 

Window frames, glasses, aluminium shutters and even wires have been stolen from the premises. 

Shop owner Michael Tay said he was shocked to find his four-storey shoplot “metal-less”. 

“Only the walls are left intact in my shop,” he said. 

Tay said many business people had called off their plans to invest in Permas Jaya, which is within the Iskandar Development Region (IDR). 

“I brought some investors to the area but they were worried to start any business after seeing the condition of the shoplots.” 

Tay said traders and people living in the area were also worried by the escalating crime rate, adding that many of them had moved out from the once-popular business hub. 

He said with the units vacant, the scrap metal thieves had it easy. 

Permas Jaya has 16 sections with a population of over 100,000 but does not have a single police station. The nearest one is in Plentong, four kilometres away. 

Tay, who is also Bandar Baru Tampoi MCA chairman, said he would write to the state police chief, asking to increase police patrols and step up security measures. 

Low Tian Yew, a 50-year-old owner of an aquarium and pet centre, said he dared not leave his wife or any woman worker in the shop alone. 

“This area sees an average of three robberies a week,” he said.  

One Response to “Help Robbers and Get Robbed (and Other JB Crime Cases)”

  1. xtremesportx Says:

    Nice website Scott, very detailed and comprehensive. JB has indeed turned into a very very unsafe place for all of us, not that it has ever been a safe place in the past. I’m really sick of hearing all these severe crime cases and police are not out there in full fledge to solve them, at least not in the eyes of all Johorians and I, including many others feel that crime-rates in Johor are increasing rapidly. We have a weak security force and the police can only do so much to stop a small portion of crime. And in fact Johor is plagued by tonnes of crime opportunities and evil individuals are indeed lurking and infecting our homeland in every directions.

    I urged the people to voice out their fear, take courage to inform our police and hope our Malaysian Police Forces could do much more to save us from these harmful nation parasites. I do not think the government/police knows how serious the situation have become. Our society has been turned into a dark state of unrest and fear among our innocent people. If I were to compare the state of where our place is at, Johor is no different from Indonesia years back when the country declared a state of emergency due to anarchy and destitution.

    On that issue, our society is indeed plagued by so much unrest; I have never heard that 70% of houses in a residencial housing street/cars were robbed and mugged by bugglars/robbers/theives right in front of their own eyes within a month. And this wasnt an isolated incident. Many housing estate report similar statistics. As you can see, thieves/bugglars/murderers out still out there AT LARGE doing harm to our society and we adeptly sit around sharing our fears constantly on high-alert hearing the most unexpected crime cases ever reported in the history of mankind.

    I really hope the government/police step up immediately and evaluate the situation seriously and solve it with their maximum capabilities. Our country is in dying need of a solution to eradicate this bugging-crime nonsense.

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