I told you long ago – the JB criminals have not left or been vanquished by the influx of extra police. They simply went into hiding, biding their time until people let their guard down.
Jalan Wong Ah Fook and other areas around the JB city centre near the Causeway are hot spots for crime. They love to target people, especially unsuspecting Singaporeans who are used to the safety and lawfulness in Singapore and are carrying lots of juicy, 2.35 times more valuable Singapore Dollars.
From The Star 17 Dec 2008:
Slashed in brazen attack
JOHOR BARU: A 31-year-old construction site supervisor needed more than 100 stitches on his face and neck after a knife-wielding robber slashed him in broad daylight.
Teh Hiang Seng, who works in Singapore, was going to make credit card payments at a bank in Jalan Wong Ah Fook at 1pm on Sunday when a man approached him and demanded the RM920 he had.
Teh said he tried to fight but the man managed to overpower him.
“I tried running away but he chased after me. He then took out a pocket knife and slashed me on the face,” he said.
He was speaking at a press conference organised by Johor Baru City Council councillor Rodney Soon here yesterday.
Teh explained that the robber was about to take his money when the bank’s security guards came to his rescue.
“The guards held off the man and called the police. I am deeply traumatised by the attack.”
Police sent him to the Sultanah Aminah Hospital, where he received more than 100 stitches for the injuries on his face.
Soon said he would write a letter to the police urging them to tighten security in the city, especially in the central business district.
See also previous serious assault at this post.