Friday, May 26, 2006

PDRoMeo, PDRoMeo! Wherefore art thou PDRoMeo?

As usual, it's not easy to express my feeling reading this, Township battles against burglars.

What about you, should you laugh, cry, or do nothing?

The Star Online > Central

Township battles against burglars


Photos by SIA HONG KIAU 

There are no crocodiles in Bandar Sungai Buaya in Rawang but the 1,000 residents living here are having sleepless nights for another reason; a surge in crime rate. 

The township is living under fear as one particular group of burglars are said to be using spells to rob victims of their cash and valuables. 

The group normally break into homes in the wee hours of morning when the residents are fast asleep.  

For the last six months, there were 14 burglary cases reported in this township forcing the residents to form the Bandar Sungai Buaya Action Committee which are mainly involved in carrying out patrols from 12 midnight to 5am. 

Mohd Khalid Mohamad Jamil (right) whose home was robbed five times
being asked to calm down by Noor Zuraimi Abdul Razak during the dialogue
at SMK Bandar Sungai Buaya recently.

The residents started the patrol activity two months ago in an effort to keep the burglars away.  

The chairman of the committee Dr Mohd Hatta Usul who was a burglary victim himself injured his legs when he decided to take on the burglars who broke into his house three months ago. 

Wan Marzuki ... the robbers
threatened to rape his daughter if
he did not tell them where the
jewellery and cash were kept

“Luckily my son came to my aid quickly which forced the burglars to flee but the incident had caused my family members to lose sleep,” said Dr Hatta. 

Another victim Mohd Khalid Mohamad Jamil, said his house was burglarised five times since he moved to Bandar Sungai Buaya seven years ago. 

“Each time the burglars broke into my house, my body just freezed and I was unable to do anything. It appears as though these people are using some sort of charm to rob the residents here,” said Mohd Khalid who is a senior human resources and administration executive for UEM Land. 

Another victim Wan Marzuki Rashidi, 43, a teacher in SMK Bandar Utama, who had been living in the area for six years said his sleep was easily disturbed the moment he hears the slightest sound in the wee hours of the morning. 

“Three burglars had broken into my house through my front sliding door last month. They were armed with a screwdriver, steel pipe and a wood. They tied my wife and I with a steel wire and threatened to rape my daughter if we do not tell them where the jewellery and cash were kept,” said Wan Marzuki. 

Last Sunday, the committee held a dialogue with the police, Tenaga Nasional Berhad and Hulu Selangor District Council president Sukiman Naim at SMK Bandar Sungai Buaya urging for the police station to be built at their township instead of Kampung Sungai Buaya. 

The committee also sought the assistance of the Immigration Department and the council to do spot check on a few illegal settlements in the area.  

They also appealed to the police to have patrol cars to do their rounds in their township from midnight to 6am and for TNB to put up streetlights along the road leading Bandar Sungai Buaya.  

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