Six MRT stations hotspots for crime, Prasarana taking steps to address problem

Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng has announced that Abdul Yazid Kassim will take over as CEO of MRT Corp from Feb 1.

PUTRAJAYA:  The MRT station where a woman was attacked in the lift on Feb 14 is one of six stations where there have been frequent incidents of crime.

Aside from Taman Mutiara MRT station, the other five are the Batu 11, Bukit Bintang, Maluri, Kajang and Pertama Cheras stations.

Following the Valentine's Day case, the Transport Ministry had asked Prasarana Malaysia Bhd to list stations that were hotspots for crime.

"Prasarana has taken the initiative to boost security by increasing the number of auxiliary police patrolling these stations.

"Commuters, especially ladies who need to be accompanied to the parking area, can ask for help from the personnel on duty," Transport Minister Anthony Loke said after charing his ministry's post-Cabinet meeting on Wednesday.

Loke said that plainclothes officers would also be on duty to carry out surveillance.

He said this was among the immediate measures that Prasana had taken to boost public confidence, particularly among women users.

In the Feb 14 incident, the victim, a 48-year-old woman, suffered multiple injuries, including bruises to her forehead, after she was brutally attacked by the man in a lift at about 6.45am.

A CCTV recording that went viral showed the woman entering the lift followed by the man, who punched and kicked her repeatedly, before escaping with her MyKad, ATM cards and RM400 in cash.



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