Saturday, Oct 25, 2014Saturday, Oct 25, 2014
SE Asia
 

Crime fears go viral in M'sia, upping pressure on authorities' response

Published on Aug 10, 2012 2:49 PM
 
This photo taken on Aug 8, 2012 shows a security guard patrolling the car park of a shopping mall in Kuala Lumpur. The fear of crime is soaring in Malaysia as personal tales of abduction, assault and robbery go viral online, upping pressure on authorities to respond and triggering scrutiny of official claims that offences are down. Shopping malls and residents' groups have launched patrols, sales of security equipment are surging, newspapers offer tips on how to avoid becoming a victim and social media are abuzz with anguish over the situation. -- PHOT: AFP

KUALA LUMPUR (AFP) - The fear of crime is soaring in Malaysia as personal tales of abduction, assault and robbery go viral online, upping pressure on authorities to respond and triggering scrutiny of official claims that offences are down.

Shopping malls and residents' groups have launched patrols, sales of security equipment are surging, newspapers offer tips on how to avoid becoming a victim and social media are abuzz with anguish over the situation.

Residents of the multi-ethnic Muslim-majority country - one of the most developed and stable in South-east Asia - have long complained about bag-snatching and other petty crime.

But more serious recent incidents have gained wide attention on the Internet, channelling public concern in a country where nearly half the population of 28 million is on Facebook.

 
If you are not a subscriber, you can get instant, unlimited access here

Videos