TOUTS have been on the increase in the country.
In the sixties and early seventies, respectable petition writers at various agencies were ever willing to help the public.
Today retiring civil servants cannot opt for such a job because it has been taken over by touts in tattered jeans and stinking sneakers.
Touts have penetrated the hallways of the KL International Airport, the corridors of police stations, Road Transport Department counters, the Immigration and National Registration Department and even hospitals and mortuaries.
Yet their activities continue to remain unchecked.
Worse, these touts have become bolder and do not bat an eyelid when they fleece locals.
The authorities sheepishly cry that they cannot do much to keep touts off their premises as long as the people continue to seek their help.
The fact remains that the services offered by the touts are being sought after because they seem to be able to get the job done.
Waiting time is reduced; there is no need to queue and approvals are obtained so the people do not mind paying extra to save time and hassle.
The question that begs to be asked is, is there a subtle nurturing of the business by the service providers themselves?
If not, how can the touts get the job done quicker for a fee?
Furthermore, if the touts are not in cohorts with the staff of the various agencies, surely they cannot get the job done and the people will have no reason to continue to seek their help.
It is time the authorities got on their feet to arrest the rampant touting on their premises.
Let us not pull wool over our eyes.
Touting will only promote corruption at the workplace.
J.D. LOVRENCIEAR, Semenyih.
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