Singaporeans play it safe amid spate of crime in Malaysia
Crime spate has not curbed travel there, but many taking precautions
A recent spate of violent crimes in Malaysia has not put Singaporeans off going there. However, many are playing it safe, The Straits Times has found.
At least 24 people have been killed and 21 injured since April in shootings and robberies in areas including Kuala Lumpur, Penang, Perak, Johor and Negeri Sembilan.
Miss Candice Lim, a management trainee based in Kuala Lumpur, never leaves her house without a pepper spray.
She also uses the MyTeksi application on her phone to book taxis, which allows her friends and family to track her ride.
Safety travel tips for Malaysia
- Don't walk around alone. Always try to be accompanied.
- Don't carry handbags or cash with you unless necessary.
- Carry any bags in front of you and cover them. Do not sling them on the side.
- Be alert of your surroundings and look out for suspicious people.
- Lock car doors whenever possible, even when pumping petrol.
- Don't change a large sum of money and count it in public. Change money in Singapore if possible.
TIPS PROVIDED BY MOLLY CHITTICK, SENIOR MANAGER OF TRAVEL AGENCY TRANSTAR TRAVEL.