Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Death is Cheap in Malaysia

Singapore’s The New Paper on July 31 had published an article titled "Welcome to Malaysia Where... Death is Cheap and Staying Alive Costly" which also stated it took only S$2,000 (RM5,000) to hire a hitman.

The unfortunate newspaper got brickbats almost immediately. Some Malaysians took umbrage at this taunting aspersion even though we all know it to be true! 

IGP Khalid Abu Bakar fumed and lashed out against the paper on Saturday, pointedly telling it to monitor the crime situation in its own country than to make speculations which were not true on crime in Malaysia. He called the headline “a malicious statement” and telling Singaporeans not to be busybodies. Not to be outdone, Utusan Malaysia flayed the newspaper, claiming that Singaporean jealousy was the reason. I do not intend to even try to understand what it was trying to tell us! 

As for Khalid, instead of whining and complaining, he should immediately act to reduce the uptrending crime rate in the country. Just shut up and do your job!

After all, Harian Metro had previously reported that contract killers are being hired for as low as RM5,000 by those who want to have their enemies bumped off. The newspaper said that the rate varies depending on the risks involved. Quoting a source, the report said that the killers would charge between RM5,000 and RM15,000 for a murder. The price can even escalate to as high as RM100,000 if the target is a well-known personality or high-ranking individual (Webpage http://www.thestar.com.my/News/Nation/2013/07/03/Just-RM5000-to-hire-hit-man-Fees-vary-based-on-risks-rank-and-profile-of-victim.aspx, published July 03, 2013). 

Another local Malay daily also came out to support the claim – it headlined the fact that the price is actually even lower! Sinar Harian informed us that assassins can be hired for as low as RM1,000! In an interview published in a Q&A format, the newspaper had asked criminologist Akhbar Satar about this and he was in agreement. He even added that firearms can be hired at a low price, too. In fact, used firearms from overseas can be bought cheaply, that is at RM700 apiece and below (Webpage https://www.malaysiakini.com/news/237727, published August 05, 2013).

We don’t need to get upset because all of the above is true – life is, sorry... death is cheap in Malaysia! 

BTW, I am looking for a trigger person.

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