Stop passing the buck and act now


  • Letters
  • Wednesday, 25 Jun 2003

AS ordinary citizens, born and bred in this country, we have the right and privilege to move about without fear.  

Why must we look over our shoulders every time we get out of the car or into the car? Why is the onus always on the victims of criminal acts? 

The victims of crime are mostly women, children and senior citizens. Are our mothers and grandmothers expected to take up self-defence, like martial arts? Or should women carry guns?  

In recent times, crimes have also happened in the daytime and in busy places. 

I dare to claim this, because I was a victim when my small pouch was snatched one morning in the busy part of SS2, Petaling Jaya. 

And please do not tell us to be careful. Women do not walk around swinging their handbags or purposely go out at night to be robbed or raped. 

There are errands to do. There are meetings to attend. Young girls have to go to school. Mothers have to fetch their children. 

Are we, ordinary citizens, supposed to carry guns, and knives in our cars? 

There have been enough seminars and talks on safety, and passing the buck and the responsibility to other people. We must stop blaming the victims and act now.  

When I reported my case to the police station immediately after I was robbed, I was told the incident was deemed biasa (common). I never got back my belongings and that was two years ago. 

The tragedy is that we have to wait for one person to die in a horrible way before we act.  

 

S.M.C., 

Petaling Jaya. 

(via e-mail)  


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