Security has been a major concern in Malaysia over the last few years. Security concern has made it to the top 3 ranking of almost all surveys conducted in recent years. While the police is still investigating a major cargo heist in Penang, a similar case happened in KLIA.
Meanwhile, many other minor cases of car-jacking, robbery, theft, road bully and others were reported throughout the nation. Reported in the Star, two Singaporean businessmen were abducted for a ransom in the notorious Johor Bahru. Two Singaporeans – a managing director of a gas company and his consultant – were released unharmed after a ransom of more than RM2.5mil was paid on Sunday. The ransom is said to be the highest single payout in the country in recent years.
High crime rates in Johor Bahru, a notorious gangland, will drive away investors and visitors and putting the whole Iskandar Industrial Park project at risk. It is high time that the government pays more attention to critical issues such as this one and not waste its time on petty racial polemics.