A quick browse through the newspapers and one would be inundated with reports of people getting bashed, robbed, raped and murdered all over Malaysia. This has been going on for years, yet we as a society merely shake our heads in feigned disbelief and hapless indifference. Our best response have been to cage ourselves in heavily-grilled houses, or move to one of the many gated communities sprouting all over Kuala Lumpur. This is at best a passive defence and one which only gives a sense of security without actually combating the threat to security itself.
Many Malaysians seem to have resigned ourselves to the lawlessness, due in part to the inability of the police to restore order to what is fast becoming a crime-ridden society. How long are we going to tolerate this nuisance? Are we supposed to simply sit back and pray that the next target of a robbery or rape is some other family? Can we really be proud of having the world’s largest court complex, the grand Palace of Justice, when our roads are being audaciously taken over by criminals? As the country marks the start of a new year, my family and many others across Malaysia, will instead have to come to terms with the sad fact that our neighbourhoods in which we grew up are no longer safe to live in.