The safety of a country’s citizen is our right. Our females shouldn’t have to mentally and physically prepare themselves in the event their car window gets smashed by a passing motorbike and their handbag snatched, or they get assaulted and robbed at a mall car park or even abducted and raped.
Malaysia has been ranked by the Global Peace Index as the safest country in South East Asia. Our crime rate has dropped by an impressive 39.7%. Yet there are pockets of areas where the incidence of crime is high and criminals roam free and fearless.
The Spanker appreciates the fact that the government has reduced crime from 177,520 cases in 2010 to 157,891 cases last year. However, there are still a lot of people who have suffered injustice unfairly.
Thanks to social media we see the faces, read the horrifying stories and feel the trauma that each of these people have gone through on Facebook and other digital media channels.
Isn’t it time we get our Malaysia back?
Car park crimes have become extra sensitive in Malaysia bringing back to mind the Canny Ong case in Bangsar. The mystery and her horrific murder left many Malaysians angry.
Such anger has undoubtedly returned with the latest car park attacks. Women’s groups and the police are issuing safety advisories on how to handle such situations. This is seriously getting out of hand and car park managements must reclaim ownership of their own car parks.
How many times have we read about snatch theft victims who were injured badly? Or ended up in a coma, or even killed? How many of us would stop to help a person whose bag has just been snatched? How many of us would check to see what was happening if an alarm goes off?
If we’re in our cars, waiting at the traffic lights and witness a motorcyclist who smashes the window of another stationary car, would we do anything? How many of us would even stop to help after an accident? We prefer slowing down to rubberneck and causing more traffic gridlock, a favorite Malaysian pastime.
Who do we blame, other than, obviously, the criminals themselves? Its time all Malaysians came together to reclaim ownership of a safer Malaysia for our loved ones.
The Spanker got so angry reading about the current spate of robberies, rapes, snatch thefts and abductions in mall car parks that he decided to set up a facebook group called M A R A H - Malaysians Against Rape, Assaut & snatcH, and also created a petition as a citizen's initiative to work with the police, shopping mall car park operators, state and federal govts to lobby for citizens' safety.
Chronology and fb links to recent cases reported in the press
May 29 - less than 24 hours after Chin’s incident, two women were robbed of RM80,000 at the same place.
6 June - Teoh Soo Kim robbed, abducted and assaulted, Bandar Kinrara, Puchong. Teoh Soo Kim was reported missing by her family after she failed to turn up at a friend's house. Police later found the 51-year-old unconscious at an oil palm estate in Kuala Selangor with a fractured skull. She is now in a coma and fighting for her life.
June 12 - This crime took place at the Adorn Level of Starhill Gallery car park around 6pm.
June 14 - 2nd case of assault at Mid Valley car park
Sun 24 June A woman nearly had her finger severed by an armed robber as she stopped in front of her friend’s house along Jalan Datuk Sulaiman at Taman Tun Dr Ismail at 6:30am.
Sun June 24 A girl and her father were on their way to the Kelana Jaya LRT station at 4:30am for the Standard Chartered Marathon Run when they were robbed by 4 guys on 2 motorbikes and the father was slashed with a parang.
Dawn was walking to her car parked at the Ikano Power Center with a friend after catching a movie at Cineleisure around 11.15pm. Her bag was snatched as they approached the grass area near the Volkswagen showroom by a man in his early 20s, but she bravely snatched it back from him. Read Dawn’s full account of the night’s events here.
Location of Attacks
Mid Valley X 2
MARAH will also organize safety campaigns, safety tips and demos, self defiance demos etc in collaboration with the police, shopping malls and govt agencies for its members.
MARAH is strictly a non-religious non-political color blind safety campaign driven citizen’s initiative group, with no state or federal influence. Your membership will be approved if you agree to comply with our group membership policy. Members are encouraged to contribute ideas, suggestions and to participate actively.
MARAH fb Group Membership Policy
We will accept both male and female members who care enough to lobby for the safety of all Malaysians in general and females in particular. We are campaigning for safer car parks, safer streets, and the right to be safe in and outside our own homes.
We will not accept politicians as group members. We are strictly a citizen’s initiative and will work with both the Selangor state and Federal governments to achieve our safety campaign objectives, but we will not be hijacked for political agendas. I am sure you know what I am talking about with the 13th general election just around the corner.
We will not accept members who attempt to sell products and services to this group.
Join the M A R A H fb group here
Sign the M A R A H petition here
get the M A R A H picbadge here
follow M A R A H on twitter @MARAH4safety