2008 Categories: Mailbox
One cannot help but feel unsafe when travelling
around residential areas in Klang Valley
during this economic downturn because of the
rising crime rates. So it is not unusual to
see barricades and guard houses in
But have we created a
phobia about security in our neighbourhoods
or is the issue of safety and security being
politicised as suggested by Datuk Seri Syed
Why are people relying
more on foreign security guards for
protection in our neighbourhoods rather than
our own national police force?
As we know most roads in
residential areas belong to the public. Any
taxpayer has the right to access these
roads. The security guards have no authority
or right to forbid anyone from accessing
these roads. Furthermore, we have read of
many cases of burglars, thieves and robbers
in smart attire and luxury cars.
Households pay towards
this extra security. Residents are willing
to come up with the money. One wonders why
can't the Police and residents complement
each other in combating crime rather than
rely on foreigners for protection?
This is definitely an
urgent matter for all concerned. The setting
up of barricades in residential areas
constitutes a legal problem.
People are placing their
trust more on the untrained foreign security
guards rather than our trained Police for
safety and security today.
It is definitely going to
erode the image of our nation and even
reducing the confidence of foreign
Loh Seng Kok
Ex-MP of Kelana Jaya & MCA Central