Monday, December 25, 2006

Johari, wake up and do your work

I cannot agree more with Deputy Internal Security Minister Datuk Mohd Johari Baharum when he said that snatch thefts usually occurewhen the victims carry expensive handbags and wear clothes that invite trouble.

Although I agree with him that snatch thieves will normally target on those who are careless with their properties, women who carry expensive handbags and clothes shall not be blamed for snatch thefts.

More to say, most snatch thieves are not interested on the handbags but the monies and expensive items in the handbags such as handphone etc.

To say so is equal to asking the women not to dress sexily as they could be raped.

Certainly, those who believe so have barked up the wrong tree as the main problem is not the women or the victims but the enforcement.

Johari as Deputy Internal Security Minister whose Ministry is in charge of the Royal Malaysia Police Force should not run away from his duty and responsibility to enhance social security level in this country. He should not put the blame on women when the problem is not with the victims but the law enforcement unit.

I remember what DAP MP Chong Eng said once in a country of law and order, you cannot rape a woman even when she is naked on the street.

Come on, Johari, wake up and do your work.

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Public blamed for snatch thefts

THE public is partly to be blamed for snatch thefts, said Deputy Internal Security Minister Datuk Mohd Johari Baharum.

He said snatch thefts usually occurred when the victims were careless with their property.

“Such an attitude gives snatch thieves the opportunity to strike,” he said when replying to a question from Senator Siw Chun Eam.

Earlier, while replying to a question from Senator Datuk Rizuan Abd Hamid on snatch thefts, Mohamad Johari also placed the blame on women.

“Sometimes, women like to carry expensive handbags and wear clothes that invite trouble,” he said.

Meanwhile, Finance Ministry parliamentary secretary Datuk Dr Hilmi Yahya told the Dewan Negara that the Government had spent RM8bil on oil subsidies this year.

He said that although oil prices had dropped to US$60 (RM213) per barrel, the Government still spent a lot to subsidise petroleum-based products.

“Besides that, the Government also has to give RM8bil in tax exemption, which made the total oil subsidies RM16bil this year,” he said.
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