News about this 'brave' robbery appeared on front page of Sin Chew on Monday, 10 June 2013.
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Gang robs 70 people
A gang of 10 robbers held up 70 customers of a popular steamboat
eatery in Taman Mutiara Barat, Cheras in Kuala Lumpur on early Sunday
morning and relieved them of their money and valuables.
In the 4.30am robbery on Sunday, the robbers fled with RM20,000 from them.
Two of the victims had reported the robbery to Cheras district police.
They told police the suspects arrived at the restaurant in two cars and
They said the suspects blocked both end of Jalan Mutiara Raya before
rounding up the customers, mostly pub goers who were having their meals
outside the restaurant, and order them to surrender their cash and
Cheras police confirmed two of the victims had reported the robbery
them. They are seeking others to come forward to make their reports.
News about this 'brave' robbery was also brought up by Tony Pua, MP of Petaling Jaya Utara.
KUALA LUMPUR, June 13 — The recent spate of robberies in the Klang Valley have again placed Putrajaya’s anti-crime policies under the spotlight and highlights the need to reform the police force, the DAP’s Tony Pua said today.
Last Saturday, nearly 70 people were robbed at an open air steamboat restaurant in Cheras by a group of 10 persons armed with machetes and iron rods. The shop owners and patrons lost more than RM20,000 and at least 2 of the customers were assaulted as a result of being too tardy with coughing up with their valuables.
Over the past 2 nights, there were 2 incidences of armed gang robberies carried out at open air restaurants in Kepong, Cheras and Kajang on each night despite the police claiming to have detain three suspects yesterday afternoon.
“Prime Minister Dato’ Seri Najib Razak himself promised Malaysias a ‘war against crime’ on Saturday when launching the ‘United Against Crime’ programme with much fanfare.
“The newly appointed Inspector General of Police (IGP) Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar proudly announced on his appointment date on May 16 that he wants to make safety and security his priority and return the streets to the people.
“But where is this “war against crime?” Pua, who is also Petaling Jaya Utara MP, said in a statement.
The DAP leader added that the robberies were akin to the criminals “thumbing their noses” at the authorities when they were allowed to rob 2 eateries and then proceeded to enjoy and “binge” themselves at a local pub.
The pub was also robbed after the group refused to pay.
Pua said the government has the moral duty to admit the shortcomings in its anti-crime policies, adding that they could no longer dismiss rising crime as a mere “perception”.
“If the Prime Minister and the new IGP is serious about this ‘war against crime’, they must implement the key recommendations of the 2005 Royal Commission of Inquiry (RCI) recommendations for the Royal Malaysian Police,” he said.
However, Pua noted that the Najib administration has so far ignored most of the recommendations including the refusal to establish the Independent Police Complaints and Misconduct Commission (IPCMC).
The Petaling Jaya MP also highlighted the force’s slow move to restructure the police resources and focus in crime fighting, a second key recommendation of the RCI.
The lack of and unbalanced manpower management have often been cited as the key facto behind the police’s ineffectiveness in curbing crime. The problem was also highlighted in the findings of the RCI.
“We hope that under the new Home Minister, Datuk Seri Zahid Hamidi, the Government will no longer deem the severity of the crime issue being a matter of ‘public perception’.
“Rampant crime is real, Malaysians do not feel safe and the only perception of crime that needs to change is that belonging to the Barisan Nasional government,” Pua said.