Is M&’sia sliding into a state of lawlessness?

Another day, another shooting.  It  seems  as  though  Malaysia  is  becoming  as  dangerous  as  some  South  American  nations  where  gun  violence  seems  to  be  the norm.
Three shootings in two days.  A  25-year-old  man,  Jasrafveendeerjeet  Singh,  was  shot  in  front  of  a  restaurant  in  Ipoh  at  10:15  p.m.  on  Sunday.
Another man, G Santhana Samy, 30, was wounded in the thigh when he stopped at a traffic light in Butterworth at 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday.
And  on  Monday  in  Kuala  Lumpur,  Arab-Malaysian  Development  Bank  founder  Hussain  Ahmad  Najadi  died from multiple bullet wounds. He was shot in Lorong Ceylon while walking with his wife to his car in broad daylight.
These incidents followed the murder attempt of crime watchdog MyWatch chairman R. Sri Sanjeevan in Seremban on Saturday who was shot when his car stopped at the traffic lights.
The  police  response:  the  setting-up  of  yet  another  “high-powered”  task  force  to  investigate  the  crime.  Actually,  we  have  lost  count  of  how  many  high-powered  or  high-level  committees  and  task  forces  have  been  set  up  to  investigate  the  various shooting crimes.
At the same time, Penang police have also set up a separate task force to probe a series of shootings, which left at least four people dead over the past five months.
From seemingly ordinary Joes  to  prominent  people  being  gunned  down,  the  public  can’t  help  but  wonder  whether  we  are  on  a  rapid  slide  to  a  state  of  lawlessness. The sense of insecurity and nervousness is definitely growing.
Apart from gun-toting criminals, robbers are crashing restaurants to rob the patrons en masse.
Even snatch thieves have grown more vicious and brazen. They do not just grab but often slash their victims to incapacitate them, making their getaway easier.
In such a state of affairs, we are almost relieved to read of cases where the “victim” is an automatic teller machine.
Undoubtedly, the police have  their  hands  full.  Theirs is no easy task with no easy solutions. So far, they are focusing on identifying weapons smugglers to try to root out the source of gun-related crimes.
But more action and arrests are what is desperately needed because the ferocity and the increasing number of assassinations are striking fear in all of us.

The Star