Be confident that you really are stronger, better at fighting or well armed if you want to take on Johor Bahru criminals using violence… They are the purveyors of violence, often attacking first, no warning or demands given, and robbing you when you’re in shock.
If you jump into the fray and just get yourself injured or killed while NOT preventing the crime, that’s an even greater loss!
That said, kudos and adminaration to Tan Peng Tong for risking his own wellbeing to help a fellow in need.
From The Star 26 Nov 2008:
Snatch thieves slash Samaritan
JOHOR BARU: A good Samaritan who helped his neighbour to fight off snatch thieves ended up with 22 stitches on his forehead.
Driver Tan Peng Tong, 58, had tried to kick one of the thieves off his motorcycle when they turned on him during the 3.15pm attack in Taman Desa Jaya here on Sunday.
Relating the incident, Tan said that he was about to wash his van when he heard his neighbour Wong Meng Yoke screaming.
“I saw one of the thieves waiting on a motorcycle while the other had just snatched Wong’s gold necklace.
“I rushed out and tried to kick the motorcycle, hoping that the culprit’s accomplice would fall. However, they slashed me twice on my forehead before escaping,” he said.
The robbers escaped with the necklace and pendant worth about RM1,400.
Another neighbour Lai Meng Long, 53, rushed Tan to the nearest clinic for treatment.
Tan said he was not aware that the robbers had a knife with them but he did not regret helping Wong.
“I had hoped I could get the necklace back for her,” he said adding that they had been neighbours the past 13 years.
The culprits are believed to have trailed Wong, 43, back to her home in Taman Desa Jaya after she went out to get some food from a nearby restaurant.
She had gone to the shop on her motorcycle.
Wong, who only suffered minor bruises on her right knee, was grateful to Tan for his selfless act.
“My mother gave me the pendant about five years ago,” she said.
Seri Alam OCPD Supt Roslan Zainuddin urged those with information to contact the police hotline at 07–221 2999 or the nearest police station.