Johor police call Singapore Facebook post on theft prevention in Malaysia ‘mischievous’

On May 5, SG Kaypoh posted a picture of a car window with a message pasted saying: “Please do not break my window again. This car has already been broken into – there is nothing to steal.” PHOTO: SGKAYPOH/FACEBOOK

JOHOR BAHRU – A tongue-in-cheek “public service announcement” on a Singapore Facebook page over theft prevention in Malaysia has provoked a slew of reactions among Malaysians, including from the police.

On May 5, SG Kaypoh posted a picture of a car window with a message pasted saying: “Please do not break my window again. This car has already been broken into – there is nothing to steal.”

The post was accompanied by text suggesting that Singaporeans should put up the same message on their vehicles when entering Malaysia.

Johor Bahru South district police chief Raub Selamat said the post was made in bad taste and that the sentiment is far from reality.

He said when contacted on May 13: “The post is quite mischievous. Police are always committed to ensuring the safety of all, including Singaporeans, who come here.

“An average of 250,000 Singapore-registered cars enter Johor on a daily basis and if all of these cars have their windows smashed, then we would see long lines of people lodging reports at police stations here.”

He added that the percentage of cases involving cars being broken into were quite small and these were isolated incidents.

“To say that Singapore-registered vehicles are always being targeted by thieves is not correct because police have also received reports from Malaysians that their cars were broken into,” Mr Raub said.

He added that car owners have a duty not to leave valuables in their vehicles, which should not be parked in dark or obscure places.

“As part of our crime prevention initiative, police have increased our patrols, especially during the night,” he said.

Among those who commented on the post was Facebook user Maveeran Jay from Petaling Jaya, who questioned why some people continue to keep valuables in their cars.

Netizen Ahmad Taqiuddin said Singaporeans should be respectful when entering Malaysia, especially while on Malaysian roads.

“Sure (you can do this), but when entering Malaysia, you must be respectful. Do not speed and do not be rude,” he commented.

Facebook user Hairol Erol commented that petrol stations in Malaysia should also use such posters as a reminder to Singaporean vehicle owners.

“Maybe petrol pumps in Malaysia need to put up a note like this too,” he said, commenting on the fact that some Singapore-registered cars continue to attempt to fill up their cars with Malaysia’s subsidised RON95 petrol.

Foreign-registered vehicles are banned from purchasing RON95. The ban has been in place since Aug 1, 2010. THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK

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