Saturday, August 04, 2007

New Type of Crime in Malaysia

A new type of crime has surfaced in town, more commonly happening in Malaysia. It goes something like this:- Somebody slips a hand-phone into your pocket, sometimes it could be just a wallet with an identity card and a few ringgits.A few minutes later, the 'owner' comes up and confronts you, the'thief '.

He makes a big commotion that you stole his stuff.You, caught unaware, are then pulled aside by the 'owner' for a settlement you are intimidated and threatened that if you do not payup the police will be brought in. If you pay up, this 'owner' letsyou go. If not, the police are brought in.Another strange thing is that there always seems to be a 'witness' to the your 'theft'.I am told this often happens to foreigners at the Kuala LumpurInternational Airport (KLIA) or even at LRT trains.

Given that you're'guilty until proven innocent' as far as the Malaysian police are concerned, I understand some poor people are in jail for these'offences'.At the KLIA, the 'owner' throws his hand-phone and wallet with thefew ringgit notes into the luggage trolley of a just arrived passenger. The drama unfolds a few minutes later. The real culprit haseasily convinced our Malaysian police to arrest the real victim (ifhe has not paid up the 'settlement' demand). This is a very serious matter.

This is another form of extortionists operating in broaddaylight. They are disgusting criminals who will do anything to roband steal. The sickening part of the whole scenario is that unlessyou pay the "quoted settlement" money, they will put you in real trouble by calling the police.The real culprit gets back his hand-phone and wallet but the realvictim ( i.e. could be any one of us) is thrown into the policelock up and charged in court.So do be very careful, otherwise you may end up as a "thief" as you have no way to prove your innocence.Pass it on..... let more people be aware of such things aroundthem.

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