Malaysia should feel sad about what most tourist sites say about us

I was reading wikitravel to get some ideas on where to bring some guest from the UK coming next week and I read under the Stay Safe portion the following :-

Stay safe

Never bring any recreational drugs into Malaysia, even if you are only there for transit. Possession and/or trafficking of even minute amounts can lead to a mandatory death sentence.

Crime levels are on the rise in Malaysia, especially in Johor, so common sense precautions should be observed. Pickpockets and snatch-and-run thieves ply their trade in Kuala Lumpur and large cities as well as in housing areas, and the security of cheaper accommodations may have room for improvement. Be particularly careful when it comes to snatch-and-run thieves as some of them are known to drag victims along the road with their motorcycle until they release their grip on their possessions. As a general precaution, always carry your bags on the side not facing the road and walk against the flow of traffic.

Vehicles will not stop at pedestrian/zebra crossings. Seeing that this will not change, the problem is overcome by building pedestrian bridges and installing pedestrian traffic lights.

Drunk driving is a serious offence and breathalyser tests by the police are common.

Police in Malaysia are known for asking for and accepting bribes on traffic stops. This is accepted among locals, and a fair amount of traffic violations will be ignored for a fee (usually between 50-200RM depending on severity). Do not be alarmed if you are asked for money, but if possible let your host do the talking. It is best practice to pay the officer what they want and not ask any questions, as a disgruntled officer can create issues for you and your host. Note that this is generally restricted to traffic stops, and you should not offer bribes in other situations, especially with government officials or customs agents.

Travel documents and valuables are best deposited in a hotel safe or carried safely with you, as there is a potential of theft from hotel rooms while guests are away.

Women travelling alone should be wary of opening their room doors to strangers. In such situations, common sense judgement should prevail.

Many if not most taxis will refuse to use the meter, although you are far more likely to get a metered taxi by flagging one at a street than a taxi stand. While understandable — official rates are often years behind inflation — you have to bargain, as the initial asking price may be grossly inflated. If using a taxi late at night, it is best to use the dial-a-taxi service as there have been incidents where taxis flagged down during those hours being fake/unregistered. The unregistered taxi driver might then rob or assault their victims with the help of assailants.

Do not accept drinks from strangers in any pub or club as there is a risk they might be spiked. Gambling is illegal and tourists are often scammed at illegal gambling joints.

Credit card fraud can be a problem, so use plastic only at large, reputable retailers, and do not let your card out of sight.

Public demonstrations are almost unheard of in Malaysia – should any occur, they may be treated with heavy-handed tactics, so avoid them at all costs. Especially if you are not Malaysian citizen or permanent resident as you could even get in trouble with your own country, if it has good relations with Malaysia.

Be aware on markets. Especially in Chinatown in Kuala Lumpur products sold are most likely to be fakes.

The first line is the only actual good thing I found. We are hard when it comes to drugs, that is something we are proud of, the rest puts us to shame. Our rising crime rate, I would say its to be expected with the rising cost of things in Malaysia, but the other paragraphs are down right scary. Wikitravel has it the nail straight on the head when it comes to the Malaysian Royal Police Force. The only thing its famous for, the world around is accepting bribes. People are encouraged to just pay the cops else they will be harassed. This pales in comparisons with the Singapore sections which says

Corruption is also punishable by caning so under no circumstances should you try to offer a bribe or gratuity to a police officer; they will be more than happy to arrest you for that.

And yet our everybody in our Federal Government has failed to address this basic problem, probably because they are as corrupt as the cops. Face the facts, if the people who run the Government are on the take, surely the Police will be as well.

And lets talk about the Malaysian Taxis. Sigh, lets not. It will just end up being another sad post on the state of our nation.

Shatered Glass : Crime in Brickfields, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

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There is a guy who illegally collects parking fees from the public who park in the residential area near my office and yet he doesn’t stand there and take care of the cars at all. Today one car was broken into, probably got his laptop or something electronical stolen from the car as well. Sigh. Where are the cops? No where to be found as usual. Its not like any of these kinds of crimes are ever solved.

Pray for Malaysia! The Government is arresting innocent people while the guilty roam free

Teresa Kok, Sin Chew reporter arrested under ISA
[Source]
KUALA LUMPUR: DAP’s Teresa Kok is the latest to be arrested under Section 73 (1) if the ISA Friday.
Seputeh MP Teresa Kok – arrested under ISA.

Kok, who is Seputeh MP and also assemblyman for Kinrara, was arrested at 11.20pm Friday.

Deputy IGP Tan Sri Ismail Omar confirmed Kok’s arrest.

Earlier, Sin Chew Daily News reporter Tan Hoon Cheng was arrested from her home in Taman Permai in Bukit Mertajam at 8.40pm Friday.

Family members said they were told that she would be taken to the Bandar Perda police station in Seberang Jaya.

Ismail Omar said was also arrested under Section 73 (1) of the ISA.

A colleague said Tan called the office to inform them that the police had picked her up when they went to her home at 8.30pm.
Arrested Sin Chew reporter Tan Hoon Cheng.

However, when several colleagues tried to call her back on her handphone some 10 minutes later, the phone had been switched off.

On Friday night more than 100 people, including politicians, members of non-governmental organisations and journalists, gathered at the state police contingent to stage their silence protest on the arrest.

Tan, who is Mass Communications graduate from Universiti Sains Malaysia, has been a journalist for nine years.

She had reported on former Bukit Bendera division Umno chief Datuk Ahmad Ismail’s alleged racist remarks while campaigning for the Permatang Pauh by-election.

The arrest comes on the same day that Malaysia Today editor Raja Petra Kamaruddin was detained, also under the ISA.

Sigh. The reported who reported the racist remarks by an UMNO leader has been placed in ISA together with one of the opposition members of Parliment, while the so mention leader is happily at home given a holiday from his position in UMNO. The world is laughing at Malaysia. Pray for our nation in this time of trouble, that people will remain calm.

I thought Pak Lah said he was sorry?

Ahmad: Why should I apologise?
By ANDREA FILMER [Source]

GEORGE TOWN: Bukit Bendera Umno division chief Datuk Ahmad Ismail has refused to apologise over his racist remark calling the Chinese community “immigrants who do not deserve equal rights”.

“Why should I apologise? I didn’t do anything wrong. Those who do wrong should apologise but I haven’t done anything,” Ahmad said when The Star met him outside his Bayan Baru office yesterday.

He, however, refused to comment on whether the press misquoted him.

Sounding calm and collected on the phone, he said a full statement on what transpired would be released after a Penang Umno liaison meeting tomorrow.
Man in the news: Ahmad gesturing as he replies to a question in Bayan Baru yesterday. He said he had been leading a sepak takraw team to a tournament in Bangkok.

He added that he would not say much at present, but wanted to clear up the issue of reporting to the police.

Police are currently investigating five reports lodged against Ahmad under the Sedition Act 1948 for uttering the remarks at a ceramah on the eve of the Permatang Pauh by-election.

He said there were reports of his going to the Bukit Mertajam police station on Wednesday night (to make a statement).

“I want to make it clear that I never told anyone or informed anyone that I would be there. It was their assumption,” he said.

Ahmad recorded a statement at the police contingent headquarters in Penang Road at about 10pm the same night while pressmen from television, online and print media were waiting for him on the mainland.

Asked where he had been over the last few days, Ahmad confirmed that he had been leading a sepak takraw team to a tournament in Bangkok.

“My phone has been on and off, but a lot of my anak buah (supporters) have been calling me, so maybe that’s why it has been hard to get through,” he said.

On the alleged misappropriation of funds involving now-defunct company Popular Profile Sdn Bhd (PPSB), Ahmad said he had resigned before any action was taken on the company.

“This issue has nothing to do with me. Action is taken on a company, not on a personal capacity. Moreover, I resigned from the company on Sept 1, 1998. What happened after that, I don’t know.

“The Chief Minister (Lim Guan Eng) shouldn’t be using his political muscle and power to attack me,” he said, adding that he would not say more on the land deal until he had checked the details.

Lim had recently attacked Ahmad on a 1997 land deal involving PPSB, in which Ahmad had been a director. Lim alleged that the company had cheated the state of RM500,000 in a deal involving 4.2ha of industrial land in Bukit Minyak.

Looks like somebody has been lying again. Is it me or do they really think we are immigrants and will never truly be treated as citizens? I read somebodies blog that said ,”Yes, they are really immagrants. Pay bus fair still called passenger what?“.  Are you really supprised he didn’t think it was wrong to say that?  So many generations of Chinese and Indians who have known no other country but Malaysia, paid years of taxes, poured out blood, sweat and tears in this nation to build it as it is and some people still call us imigrants? If this racist policy is truly not the UMNO policy then our PM should be a little more MAN and prove it. Or is he affraid that all those who hold this racist beleive will rebel against UMNO? And I am totally ashamed of the other BN component parties, who have traded the birth right of all us Malaysians of other races just to earn dollars in thier pockets. When will you truly represent your people! Malaysia does not belong to just one race of people. It belongs to every citizen. You don’t own the Bus. Jus soli (Latin for “right of the soil” or, somewhat figuratively, “right of the territory”), or birthright citizenship, is a right by which nationality or citizenship can be recognised to any individual born in the territory of the related state. Look it up.