Friday, January 11, 2013

The Great Malaysian Escape

Four policemen were not only overpowered but beaten up in a 9 AM fracas on Monday when transporting nine handcuffed detainees from Penang Prison to the Butterworth court complex in a police van before the latter fled with the vehicle.

Two of them were recaptured near the police van abandoned in Kampung Padang Chempedak, Tasek Gelugor but seven others eluded capture.

The police had to mobilise 120 policemen and a helicopter to hunt the remaining escapees. At the time of writing, two have been shot dead yesterday and five are still at large.

And this was not an isolated incident, mind you.

On December 4, 2012, an escape took place and another followed 20 minutes later. Two Colombian theft suspects did a Houdini when being transported to courts with another eight detainees. The three policemen who were guarding them found them missing only when they arrived at the courts.

Meanwhile, a 39-year-old Zambian woman suspected of drug offences jumped on a car and bolted right after her handcuffs were removed at a court. She was with another 17 captives at that time.

On December 24, 2012, another getaway took place in Kangar, Perlis. A defendant involved in a breach of the Drug Act 1952 lied that he had a stomach ache when he was waiting for bail. He then slipped away from the toilet.

On December 26, 2012, a felon made a break and vamoosed when being brought to a police car after being charged at the Klang magistrate’s court.

It would seem that basing on the above, detainees who were going to the courts to face justice found it easy to mount a breakout – it is as if they were able to produce their “Get out of jail” Monopoly cards and took flight.

Then of course, we know about the detainees who were thrown into the police lock-ups and were found dead soon after.

A sample: K Nagarajan, December 24, 2012; Wong Tip Ping, November 29, 2012; Chandran Perumalu, September 10, 2012; Cheah Chin Lee, August 15, 2012; P Babu, February 01, 2010; A Gnanapragasam, June 10, 2009; A Kugan, January 20, 2009.

A hard look at the cold facts.

According to one police statistic – 147 people have died in police custody between January 2000 and February 2010 (Webpage

And not forgetting to mention that in the meantime, crime is soaring in Malaysia.

Malaysian police are in the news for all the wrong reasons!

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