Thursday, July 4, 2013

Armed Guards in Restaurants

An armed security guard patrolling the South Sea seafood restaurant in Kampung Baru Subang. Image credit: The Star, Malaysia, July 04, 2013, p 1.

You didn't think this country will come to this, did you? Now the only time you can feel safe outside of your home is when there is an armed guard or two watching over you while you dine! Malaysian police, of course, are claiming that crime is rampant because the Emergency Ordinance was repealed by Najib Razak’s government. This was a ‘preventive’ law that was introduced following the 1969 race riots and it allowed suspects to be detained without charge for up to two years if permission was granted by a Minister.

According to police, the repeal of the EO saw some 2,000 detainees being freed. They alleged that If even a third of them returned to crime, that means there are about 800 hardcore criminals running loose in the country.

But I wonder. Is this the real reason or is it just an excuse to camouflage the incompetence of the Royal Malaysian Police? You and I know better, don’t we?

This afternoon, a party of five – 3 Sunway University Toastmasters and 2 Monash Toastmasters – camped themselves in Room 4006 of Tower 1 in KLCC for just under two hours. The occasion was the Pesona Toastmasters meeting and we had been invited by Saiful Mohsin, Vice President Education. I am heartened to note that this club is in the best of health and if today’s meeting was any indication, it can be expected to do well! There were good speeches and evaluations and Table Topics were as lively as they could be! Overall, a good meeting that earned a score of an 8 over 10.


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