Heat wave causing a ‘rage wave’

  • Nation
  • Monday, 14 Mar 2005

THE heat wave sweeping the country is causing a “rage wave” that is making many people more aggressive and sexually abusive, according to psychology and human development scientist Dr Rozmi Ismail of Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia.  

Reporting this theory, Mingguan Malaysia quoted him as saying that there were studies linking rough behaviour, uncontrolled anger, impatience and impulsiveness to long periods of hot weather. 

Dr Rozmi said such aggressive behaviour, in turn, could lead to an increase in criminal cases such as rape, murder and road rage. 

For instance, he says, hot weather causes a strain on drivers, especially when they are rushing against time and are caught in traffic.  

“The pertinent question is, how do they vent out the stress – do they curse or show lewd gestures or spit on the car screens of the other driver? 

“Such actions, if they do not lead to quarrels, would cause impatience and induce the motorist to drive faster to reach his destination,” Dr Romzi said. 

Quoting studies in 1989 and 1992 in three American cities, which also included laboratory tests, he told the daily that the findings showed a co-relation between aggressive behaviour and prolonged hot weather. 

He said the studies also indicated that long hot spells could stimulate one’s sexual desire, as evident from the corresponding rise in rape and molestation cases. The paper said Malaysia was expected to face hotter days ahead.  

Berita Harian reported that the Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Ministry would set up a body to test the authenticity of jewellery, like those set up in Britain. 

Minister Datuk Shafie Apdal said the body would ensure that the prices of jewellery were in line with their quality and content of gold. 

“This will help prevent consumers from being cheated and also help police trace stolen jewellery.”  

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