Kuala Lumpur – A city of fear

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A personal account by Johnson Fernandez in Kuala Lumpur

 

I look nervously at my watch, probably for the fifth time in the last five minutes. It’s 10.30 pm.

My wife walks into the living room from the kitchen. “Is she home yet?” she asks.

“No,” I reply. “Didn’t she say what time she’d be back? Why don’t you call her and see where she is.”

I am agitated. My daughter’s a big girl. She’s 23. She was out with a friend for a movie and dinner.

Normally, I would not have been so edgy. She’s been out late before, sometimes even for midnight movies.

But these are hardly normal times.

A string of murders, gangland-style, has gripped the nation. Since April this year, there have been about 40 gun-related incidents, resulting in 25 deaths.

I live in a gated and guarded community. Yet, as I pass the guardhouse, a notice is a grim reminder of how close danger lurks. It reminds residents of two cases:

1.House broken into by four robbers armed with parang along Jalan 2/62C

2. House owner’s Toyota Fortuner was robbed at gun point along Jalan 2/62

That’s just three streets away from where I live.

Mind you, this is a guarded and gated area for which residents pay an annual fee. Yet we are exposed..

Though the authorities have said the recent killings were gang-related, it has created a climate of fear among netizens. They say the repealing of the Emergency Ordinance has unleashed about 2,600 criminals back on the streets. Some of them are exacting revenge on those whom they suspect had snitched on them.

Yet others want to take back control of their turf — the lucrative drug trade, loan sharking, prostitution rackets.

Still, there is cause for worry. The oft-heard “wrong place, wrong time” keeps ringing in the head.

Yes, it may be gang-related. Yes, it may be a turf war. But there would be collateral damage.

And I have no wish for those close and dear to me to be part of that statistic.

Whether it is my daughter, wife, sons or their wives…I remind them to be aware of their surroundings.

Do not be out on the road if you do not need to be. Fuel up during the day,” I remind them. “Do not get out of the car immediately. Look around. Look into the kiosk and see if everything is normal.”

Just last week, a friend walked right into a robbery at a Petronas station and was greeted with a machete at her neck.

She was unharmed but lost her wallet, mobile and some jewellery

“Alfresco dining” at the local mamak stalls are a Malaysian delight. Most of these places operate from dawn to dusk. Such was the business.

But lately these places (shops and stalls) have been deserted. Gangs with machetes have attacked these outlets . Customers have lost their mobiles, jewellery, money and a host of other valuables.

People are opting to stay home, perhaps the instant noodles in the comfort and safety of one’s own home a better option now.

Then, there are the incidental accidents.

“If you are knocked, don’t worry about the dent. Drive straight to a pollice station or if you are closer to home, get back to the house. Just be safe,” I keep pounding, especially into my daughter and wife.

We have lost our freedom. This is not a free country anymore. We live in fear.

We are close to losing a very basic human right — freedom of movement.

And yet while our home is our castle, we remain vulnerable to the shenanigans, the beasts and the desperadoes.

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    What is your motive in connecting the recent events in jb to an article written in 2013? Are you trying to divert the attention? Yes malaysia has its share of problems but that has nothing to do with what happened recently. Hit and run can happen anywhere in the world

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      I’m Singaporean and I think there’s no need for such an article… yes you have to be a little bit more alert and aware in some areas in Malaysia.. but on the whole it’s nothing like what was painted here..shame on the author. Singapore is an exception..and then some.. we have stupid policies and similar issues.. so please don’t go painting such a bleak picture of another city. KL is so much more vibrant and alive. It’s a place that caters to its citizens not expats and tourists. The People there are less uptight and more friendly … except to the Singaporeans whose purpose in visiting that country is to constantly compare life in this little fish bowl as being superior to theirs… shame

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    I’m Singaporean and I think there’s no need for such an article… yes you have to be a little bit more alert and aware in some areas in Malaysia.. but on the whole it’s nothing like what was painted here..shame on the author. Singapore is an exception..and then some.. we have stupid policies and similar issues.. so please don’t go painting such a bleak picture of another city. KL is so much more vibrant and alive. It’s a place that caters to its citizens not expats and tourists. The People there are less uptight and more friendly … except to the Singaporeans whose purpose in visiting that country is to constantly compare life in this little fish bowl as being superior to theirs… shameful title too ..’City of Fear’.

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    To be fair to all its can be done first make laws very very strict for all lah. Second the illegal immigrants to control them. Third like america built a wall
    so to
    a as to make a stop for once n all lah

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    What is the relation to recent issue in JB?

    Ambulance responded in 13 minutes and everything had been done to treat the victim but you guys opted for AOR transfer despite warnings from the doctor.

    How is the Malaysian authorities worrying in this case?

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    Please write an article to campaign singaporeans not to come to malaysia. Since the motive of this article is that. Dont beat around the bush. Be frank. Straight to the point. Avoid coming to malaysia if you value your life. I can help write that article if your journalists lack backbone of to write it.

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    wow, the fury over distorted news by you guys over JB is still hot in pan, here another article to stir the trouble somemore. You must be full of hatred to Malaysia. Poor you. How pathetic you are. Cleanse your soul with chlorox is the remedy I recommend for a good night sleep. Oh one more thing, we didnt hear any apology from you yet. At least the friend of the late victim already confessed his confusion, what about you?

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    Weh, why la u want to create more hatred against our country?
    U haven’t apologized for spreading the false accusation of d poor boy’s friend, now u are digging a 2013 story?
    Takdak cerita lain ke?
    Dah habis modal?

    Shame on you for tarnishing Singapore’s image.

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    How to tagged the Singapore police force ? I’m sure the sg govt won’t allowed its citizen to defame another country especially one that is so connected to you physically and historically. This will also cause discomfort on the good relations our both countries have enjoyed.

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    In Asia when voters feel insecure they generally tend to vote the party in power to continue. So it is possible that Najib is playing this dangerous card. Dangerous to the citizens. In first world countries where the people are more independent and do not like to be cowed, such tactics will be a cause to vote the government out for their inability to do their job.

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    I just visited Penang….KL and Gentings. I must say Malaysia has progress a lot and airport services are about the same as Singapore….especially where security is concerned. The only difference Singapore airport is a shopping center…other then that it’s about the same

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    Walawei.

    When you posted a false story, then without apologizing, you post another stupid story to back up your claim.

    Are your editors and journalist seriously that dumb?

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    This fellas at Independent Singapore, have no balls at all and having small heart. Instead of courteously apologized to JB hospital’s medical staffs, you opt to re-post 2013 article in order to polarize everyone opinions.
    #IndependentSingaporeanMyAss
    #smallheart

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    ain’t that a 4 year old article? hahaha… well Admin, dispite what you said Singaporean still cross the causeway and…2017 is here, more Singaporean visit JB. SOP when something bad happen is, blame someone or something there like…a hospital.

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    If we ask around Singaporeans, there are a lot of bad stories that are happening in Singapore. But are we going to tell the world about it. Just like Chinese proverb said ‘Every house have their own problems.’ But we keep it to ourselves.
    What do you get by telling bad things about Malaysia? Please remember Singapore is just a small country and the size like KL. Much more easy to control and manage. Please mind your own business.
    If you keep disturb your neighbours, you will get nothing. You will become a loser

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    ATTENTION: The Independent SG has taken the typical, ultra kiasu, sore loser action of blocking all IPs from Malaysia and even removed user reviews. So you could dish out lies and slander but can’t take the heat? What kind of attitude is that? What a bunch of pussies you “journalists” are.

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    Bodoh punya artikel…lupa plak rakyat Singapura yang sibuk datang Malaysia.. Macam laa kita yang terhegeh2 suruh datang…lepas tu kutuk2 macam bagus.. Gi mampus laa..

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