By Dr Jacob George, President of Cassa
The Consumers Association of Subang Jaya and Shah Alam (Cassa) urges all Malaysian women to take extra precautions when visiting various public places including banks, supermarkets, shopping centres and petrol stations.
Women should also take extra precaution when driving out alone late at night and walking in empty or badly lit car parks.
This is after an increase on the number of robbery cases involving female victims.
Among the latest victims were 65-year-old retired teacher and a female doctor who was at a Shell petrol station at Kayu Ara PJU 6a last Wednesday at 6am when she was robbed by two men on a motorbike.
The footage of the crime was caught on the petrol station’s CCTV, and shows the robbers carrying out the said robbery in the presence of other patrons.
Each time a handbag is stolen, important documents like IC, driver’s licence, ATM cards, passports credit cards are lost as well, resulting in unbearable trauma and anxiety for the victims.
Cassa urges the government to compel these outlets to install proper CCTV recording equipment, have adequate trained security personnel and warning sirens to protect the consumers even more.
Cassa also appeals to the members of the public to rush to the aid of victims and persons in need and alert the police if they witness a crime.
Cassa also urges he Home Ministry to increase police patrols and use more methods to undermine and address criminals.