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.