Thursday, December 4, 2008

More & More Gated Communities

A Moonlight Rendesvouz who is based in Canada, visited my blog yesterday and mentioned that he keeps hearing the word "gated community" more often these days and asked me if the crime rate was that high that it warrants us to live within fencing walls and security 24-7!
Well, Uncle Lee .. here is a newspaper article I copied from The Star Online yesterday for your info. I guess it explains well how we need to "help" ourselves and safeguard ourselves rather than leave it to the hands of the authorities .. who are busy with "other" stuff!

KUALA LUMPUR: DAP Parliamentary Leader and Ipoh Timor MP Lim Kit Siang has taken the Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Musa Hassan to task for trying to explain the worsening crime index by claiming that it is purely a problem of misperception.

Lim called on Barisan Nasional and Pakatan Rakyat MPs to take a common stand in Parliament on Wednesday to reject Musa’s explanation.

Over the weekend, Musa and deputy IGP Tan Sri Ismail Omar said that the latest statistics showed the crime index in Hong Kong, Japan and Australia were worse than the figures in Malaysia.

“What is outrageous is that the Cabinet and the National Economic Council (NEC) could be browbeaten so easily by the IGP on Tuesday to accept such a ‘ploy’, to the extent that this has been adopted as the official policy position as publicly enunciated by the Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak on Monday,” he said.

Musa said that figures show that Malaysia is a relatively safe country with 772 crimes for every 100,000 residents in the country and this ratio compares favourably with Hong Kong where there were 1,166 cases for every 100,000 residents, Japan with 1,569 cases and Australia with 4,470 cases.

Lim said the statistics were misleading.
For instance, Malaysia has 90.49 cases of robbery per 100,000 compared with 4.78 cases in Japan, 17.56 in Hong Kong while homicide was 2.12 per 100,000 population compared with 1.09 cases in Japan and 0.26 cases in Hong Kong, he said.

Rape per 100,000 population in Malaysia was 11.47 compared with 1.62 in Japan and 1.54 in Hong Kong.

“How could the IGP be so irresponsible as to mislead the Cabinet and the NEC to believe that Malaysia is safer than Japan and Hong Kong?” he said.

On Tuesday, Lim had said that instead of fighting crime, the Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak was trying to fight the people’s perception.

While Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi had acknowledged five years ago that crime incidents in the country was serious, Najib was denying it when figures had even soared higher than it had five years ago, he said.
So how can we NOT live within high wall fencings & round-the-clock security? How can we allow our children to be out of our homes and expect them to be SAVE? How? How?


My Lovely 'A' said...

Me too, I would prefer to stay at the 24 hrs gated community.

Josephine said...

Malaysia Malaysia...

little prince's mummy said...

Gated is a MUST here... I suppose...

Food For Tots said...

I had seen many housing estates in KL set up their own gated communities but still heard about break-in during day time. :(

ICook4Fun said...

My family in KL will be moving into a gated communites this month. Its too unsafe now in Malaysia. Our car got stolen right inside the auto gate without us knowing. Sisters handbags got snatch twice and house burglarised in the middle of the night. Lucky no one were harm. What is happening to our country :(