Criminals love the crowds here
Wednesday, April 22nd, 2009 07:20:00
FONG: Working hard to reduce crimeJALAN Changkat Thambi Dollah — located opposite Pudu Jail and close to the Kuala Lumpur police headquarters — is in the limelight with over 100 crime cases reported in the area.
Traders and frequent travellers there claim that every Saturday night, the place turns into a criminal den.
They hope the authorities will act to curb crime in the area.
Malay Mail caught up with Bukit Bintang Member of Parliament Fong Kui Lun for his views of the situation.
What kind of crimes usually occur in Jalan Changkat Thambi Dollah?
From the feedback from traders, residents and those who frequent the place, most of the reported crimes are snatch thefts, wayside robbery, drug peddling, pickpocketing and extortion.
Who are these culprits or criminals?
Most of them are juvenile delinquents, aged 16 to their mid-20s.
They usually work in groups, either on motorcycles or on foot.
Some of them operate alone.
Why is the place a crime den on weekends but rarely on weekdays?
This place will be crowded with shoppers on weekends.
They crowd shopping centres like Times Square, Bukit Bintang Plaza, Sungei Wang Plaza and Low Yat Plaza.
The criminals take advantage of the crowds to strike.
What have you done so far to address the problem?
I have been meeting traders and residents for their input.
I have also had meetings with the Dang Wangi district police chief to discuss possible ways to reduce the crime rate here.
What have the authorities done to help reduce the crime rate here?
I have been told that police are adding more patrols.
City Hall too has been installing about 20 closed-circuit television cameras to help monitor the situation.
I am thankful for the efforts of the police and City Hall.
What more can be done to curb these crimes?
The traders and residents want a police beat base in the area to deter criminals.