Criminals Not Fear of the Law?


(Sorry for missing out on a post last week – something cropped up and I have moved to the dark side of Android. More of this coming up soon)

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(This may look funny but it is hardly a laughing matter, especially when it is not safe to venture out these days. Psst, the whole ATM machines still get “screwed” to this day. Image source: http://www.flickriver.com)

Well, it was not a big surprise:-

Criminals have no fear of the police and are even daring enough these days to rob during dinners, weddings and funerals. Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye, who is Malaysian Crime Prevention Foundation (MCPF) vice-chairman, said the criminals believe they won’t get caught due to poor law enforcement. “I feel we have lagged in terms of law enforcement that strikes fear in the hearts of the criminals,” he said.

(Source)

And

A survey by the International Islamic University Malaysia’s (IIUM) Communication department has shown that crime is the number one concern among Malaysians. IIUM lecturer Prof Datuk Seri Dr Syed Arabi Idid said the results of the nationwide study, conducted between April 6 and 14, showed that crime had surpassed economic woes as the main worry. One out of every three adult respondents said crime had become a national problem.

(Source)

And

M. Danaletchumi pleaded with the robbers and told them her family was poor before she felt the sharp pain on her head and saw blood gushing out from her thumb. A robber had hit the 50-year-old with the handle of a parang and cut her thumb when told there was not much money in the house.

(Source)

Criminals striking fear in broad daylight is nothing new. Even the VVIPs are not spared (if you recall this)

Some weeks ago, I badly needed a good haircut but I had been putting away the visit to my favourite barber until last week. When I finally had the time, I went over to the place and found the barber’s assistant had taken leave and there were about 4 customers waiting for their turn. The barber busy with one of the customer, looked at me when I walked in and asked if I could come back later – there were too many customer at moment and he soon need to take his break. So I went back, took a quick nap and a couple hours later, I came back, hoping that there would be fewer customers by now.

As I parked my car right in front of the barber shop, I noticed a group of young motorcyclists looking at me rather suspiciously. Although I saw them and be more alert than usual, I “ignored” them as I walked into the barber shop – they seemed to be minding their own business and I knew the barber rather well. I waited for my turn and kept looking out at the men outside, hoping they would not do anything “funny” to my car and when it came to my turn, I realized that I am the last customer for the day before the barber closes the shop for the day. Soon, there was no one in the barber shop other than me and the barber and I noticed the motorcyclists that I met earlier were still around in front of the barber shop, occasionally throwing their glances at the barbershop and one was standing quite close to my car.

Soon I realized there were silence (as the barber busied himself with the haircut) and somehow my “spidey senses” went all out high – I started imagining – I imagined a group of men rushing into the barber shop with parang and sticks. It would have been an easy pick for them – me with the key for the my car right outside the shop, phone and wallet with plenty of money and the barber with his collection for the day and mind you, with no other witnesses or CCTV to catch them in the act. Somehow the barber stopping and keep looking out at the group outside did not really help to improve the situation.

Then I heard someone opening the front door and I told myself – “damn, this was it! this was the end” My eyes quickly scanned on the barber’s table looking for any kind of weapon that I could use to defend myself – sharp scissors, shaving blades, hair oil, etc. But just then, the barber spoke out and said that he is closing the shop. Oh, another late customer wanting to get a hair-cut. The customer smiled and then walked out without any incident but somehow I knew it was not over until the barber had done his job (and I was safely back in my car). Then I heard the shutter door coming down – the criminals are drawing down the shutter doors so that they can rob without any interruption? Damn, again. But then it was a no, it was just the barber’s friend who had brought in some meal and kept the shutter down halfway to prevent any other customers walking in. With his friend keeping us company and the barber finishing the haircut, only then I started to feel a bit ease. The motorcyclists who I saw earlier no where to be seen and no one had touched my car.

This is reality of things these days and it started to be getting worse – nowadays it is even not safe even you have plenty of people around (as in restaurants and funerals). So when the Government comes back and keep saying that the rate of crime has been getting lower, one really need to question on its source and whether the police is placing the right priority in managing it’s limited resources. Not when we have this kind of nonsense:-

Student leader Mohd Safwan Anang has also been arrested by police. He was picked up at about 7pm from his house in Sungai Buloh and was taken to the Dang Wangi police station. It is believed that his arrest is in connection with the Black 505 rally at Amcorp Mall, Petaling Jaya, on Saturday.

(Source)

Come on lah, which is a more serious concern to Malaysians out there? A bunch of people saying out aloud their opinion on the political issues in the country OR need to face violent criminals who struck without any fear or care on diners on broad daylight? Let’s leave the play of gutter politics to the politicians and the police left to focus on the real security issues out there – the enforcement of law and ensuring that the crime rate really goes down, not merely at statistical level but also in common citizen’s perception level.

After all, if it had come to a stage when it does not feel safe to have a simple haircut, I am not sure what else can go wrong and be worse. It’s time to make criminals to know that whatever they do, they can be caught and fear the consequences of breaking the law through effective policing and enforcement. And we cannot do that without an good increase in the force on ground, relocation of the limited resources from non essential investigations (like the one that involves opposition politicians), perhaps more CCTVs and mobile police beats in place at crime prone areas, substantial increase of punishment for armed crimes (looking at the hudud laws makes a lot of sense now) and lastly perhaps banning the pesky “kapchai” (yes, the very favourite mode of transportation for snatch thieves, menacing mat rempits, armed robbers and cold blood assassins) from the roads.

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Time for a shave


The whole of last week, I was so busy with work and other stuff (excuses, excuses) that I did not have time to shave.

I started to look like a Neanderthal man – unshaven and the moustache & beard had grown like a wild bush. I started to look sick, so much so some of colleagues started asking me whether I was having a problem or was having a fever. I entered the lift with a senior colleague of mine last week and I noticed she was staring at me and before she could open her mouth, I said “Had no time to shave”. She looked a bit shocked but replied “I was about to ask you on that”. I said to myself “Why I am not surprised?” I need to shave before the start of next week.

Shaving…it used to be a simple task as I was “growing up”. A quick splash of the cheap bar soap on the face and a cheap razor blade used to get the job done simple and fast (but not before having multiple cuts here and there).

These days, shaving has just gotten (how should I put it)…just too complicated. Somehow the cheap razor blades do not work that well for me anymore. I had to spend extra cash to buy one of the hi-tech shavers such as Gillette Mach 3 Turbo shaving blades (I used to have Mach 2 but I was led to believe that Mach 3 is “faster” on my face than Mach 2. Ha, need to cut down fantasizing Top Gun).

The battery powered ones would probably the next buy for me. I wonder what they will create next – a shaver with a built-in MP3 player perhaps. That will be cool, don’t you think? That would give the expression “singing in the bathroom” a whole new meaning.

It gets more complicated…

The cheap bar of soap will not do these days either. It has to be a specially made “shaving cream”. The one that has Vitamins A, B, C or whatever or the one that has aloe vera, ginseng, tongkat ali, natural herbs, etc to give that extra smoothness (ya, the kind of smoothness that you often see in a beer commercial) and extra protection during and after shave. The “extras” in the shaving also means you are going to spend “extra” time for shaving.

A typical day of shaving for me goes something like this:-

Step 1: Get the things ready – the shaver, shaving cream and after-shave. Most of the times, it is all over the place due to failure of Step 9 below

Step 2: Take shower first (to clean the face from sweat and oil at the same time). I do this often and guess what, in the end I will forget that I need to shave.

Step 3: Wash off the soap from the face (in preparation for the shaving cream, what else?)

Step 4: Apply the shaving cream evenly and let it “marinate” for a while so that the facial hair is all “weak and loose” for you to shave it off with brute force

Step 5: Before shaving, rinse the shaver for any “leftover” hairs (there bound to be one or two sticking out). Change the blade if it needs to (re-use the old ones if you do have enough cash to buy new ones like me).

Step 6: Shave! The style differs most of the time. Sometimes it is top to bottom, bottom to top, right to left, in circles, heart shape, etc. Sometimes the “zig-zag” style is also used.

Step 7: Wash off the residual shaving cream. I said wash, not wipe away with a towel as you often see in the movies (unless you want your wife to nag at you when she finds the towel full of shaving cream). It also makes sense to double check whether you have missed any spot before walking out from the bathroom. Trust me, it can be very embarrassing to go out and someone tells you that you have a spot of shaving cream on your face. Really embarrassing!

Step 8: Once done, top it off with an after-shave or lotion or baby powder (what is your preference). Sometimes I am just too lazy to use any of these.

Step 9: Put back the – shaver, shaving cream and after-shave in its right places. Most of the time, I don’t do this, causing some delays for Step 1

Step 10: Return to the bathroom to wash and the clean the area where I shaved. Little of hair and shaving cream in bathroom sink is all it is needed for my wife to make noise. So, to avoid it, I double check and clean up the place.

Now you know why it is not easy for me to do a quick shave. I trust some people can do a quickie faster than they can shave.

By the way, after saying all that, I did not shave last week but late Sunday evening and just before the shop closed, I hopped over to my local barber shop for a last minute hair cut and whilst at it, asked the “Anne” (big brother) to give me a shave as well.

Of course and as usual, he used the cheap soap and the cheap shaving blades to get the job done. Sigh.

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Having a haircut


(I was away for a 2 days workshop but managed to post something about my son in between my busy schedule)

One of the tough things that a man can do is getting a haircut for his 2 year old son.

It’s tough because I have a difficult time to keep my still a hyperactive 2 year old son whilst going through scissors, razors and electric haircutter. Ever since my son got his first haircut when he was a year old, it has been my job to take him to the local barber.

* Busy at the computer before the haircut

As he would to start to cry the moment he steps into the barber shop, I will get him to sit on my lap and do all kind of tricks to get him to be still enough to cut his hair. It has been so until now. I took him along when I wanted to have a hair cut couple days ago. Whilst I was having my hair cut, my son was watching me closely. It worked like a charm.

* Still busy at the computer after the haircut

When it was time for his turn, he did not cry but rather busy “cutting” the hair on my hand. He was so busy that he did not bother with the barber who was busy working on his hair.

I managed to get him a very short haircut – that should last for another a month or so before the next trip to the barber.

All part of being a father….

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Haircut


(Haircut of the extreme! Image source: http://www.chinatoday.com)

Went to the barber last week and I remembered a story that happened when I was studying law. One of the lecturers, who always sported a thick long hair for a very long time, came in to our class one day with a very short hair (as short as those inmates in Pusat Serenti)

Student 1: Sir, did you cut your hair?

Lecturer: No

Student 2: Oh come on, sir, we can see that you have cut your hair

Lecturer: No, I did not

Student 3: (Laughing) sir, you have amnesia?

There were numerous arguments from other students and this went on for 10 minutes. Some students were laughing at the lecturer (thinking this guy must have gone made). The lecturer of course kept quiet.

Finally he said this “I did not cut my hair; I just had a hair cut”

For moment, there was silence. Then, we felt ashamed. As 3rd year law students, we should have seen that coming.

Anyway, on my haircut…I went to the local Indian barber and told him “Anne, Epotom Matiri” (“Brother, the usual”). Of course at the end of the session, I had a good massage from the Anne.