SEVERAL assemblymen voiced their concern over the safety of women who parked their cars in basement parking lots in view of the rape and murder of IT analyst Canny Ong.
They questioned the measures taken to ensure security in such places.
During the oral question session, Yip Chee Kiong (BN – Rahang) raised the issue of women’s safety following Ong’s case in Kuala Lumpur.
He also wanted to know the measures taken by the state government and the local authorities to address the fears of women in parking lots.
Datuk Kamaruddin Md Din (BN – Palong) also voiced his concern over security in underground parking lots.
“Are the security guards well trained and able to handle any given situation? Based on my observation, there are many guards who are pensioners,” he said.
Yu Chok Tow (BN – Mambau) also asked the state government about measures taken to ensure the safety of women who parked their cars in basement parking lots.
In reply, Mentri Besar Tan Sri Mohamed Isa Abdul Samad said a circular had been issued to all shopping complexes to upgrade their security in car parks in line with the directive from the Housing and Local Government Ministry.
He also addressed the concern of Yip pertaining to a rape and murder case at an isolated stretch in Kampung Pasir, saying that the state government would erect streetlights on Federal Reserve land.
There were no reported cases of abduction in shopping complexes but 11 cases of thefts from last year up to June this year, he added.
Earlier, replying to Yu, state Social, Community Development and Women’s Affairs Committee chairman Datuk Norhayati Omar said 18 out of 35 victims who lodged reports up to June this year were below 16 years old.
Last year, she said, 36 out of 63 rape cases reported were from the same age group while in 2001, 50 out of 79 rape cases were from that age bracket.
She said the bulk of the rape cases occurred in places, such as park, village, forest and Felda areas in Seremban, Port Dickson, Jempol and Tampin districts.
The assembly later adjourned sine die.