If Malaysian politicians are in the limelight on the issue of copyright of food, here is one that is seemed to be tied up with Malaysia – snatch thief (the other is Mat Rempit). The ugly side of this crime is making headlines once again. Cartoon by Kher Cheng Guan/TheStar
“She was taken away cruelly by criminals who prey on innocent people,” Tan Chia Guan said at the funeral of his 17-year-old daughter Tan Shu Fang, a straight-As student, who died following a snatch theft.
Another innocent young life is taken away unnecessarily and is a dent in the Home Ministry’s KPI. This incident happened at the same time when a foreigner got shot when he went after a snatch thief.
One can only hope that the police will manage to track these scumbags and charged them with murder and given the maximum number of caning allowed under the law.
The politicians on the other hand, instead of wasting time politicking, should go back and submit revisions to the law so that any potential snatch thieves will think 3 – 5 times before daring to commit the crime. The punishments for all other crimes should be increased substantially.
Sometimes the law manages to catch hold of the culprits
A snatch thief, who caused the death of pregnant mother Jamilah Selamat in Ayer Hitam earlier this month, is likely to be charged with murder.
Johor police chief Deputy Comm Datuk Mokhtar Mohd Shariff said police have recommended to the public prosecutor’s office that the main suspect be charged under Section 302 of the Penal Code, which carries the death penalty.
Sometimes the public manages to catch hold of the culprits
A snatch theft suspect was nearly beaten to death by an angry mob that set on him with sticks and plastic chairs along Jalan Tok Hakim here on Sunday night.
And sometimes God helps out in small ways
A snatch thief running away from his victim was killed in a hit- and-run accident along Jalan Seri Kembangan yesterday morning.
Losing materialistic items to snatch thieves is one thing, but to lose a life when one is still very young is another. Police presence obviously is something that is needed to be worked out – to deter potential snatch thieves and also to arrest one in action (if needed to shoot the snatch thieves in the head).
In the case of Tan Shu Fang, the good thing about the case is that the police have identified the culprits and should be arresting them soon. Hope that they will be charged with murder or similarly heavy punishment.