Safety in the cities

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Rising crime rates are a big worry in all our cities. That much, at least, our urban centres do have in common. Thus, it is only rational for the authorities involved – elected or employed – to work together to make our streets safe. One of our most basic rights is that of physical safety, and it should not fall prey to our leaders’ penchant to politicise every issue.

A horrific incident occurred in April in Shah Alam, Selangor, that will sadly be merely an additional statistic in the growing list of police shootings recorded in recent times.

Fifteen-year-old Aminulrasyid Amzah was shot to death by police manning a roadblock. He was driving without a licence at 2am and, to avoid the police check, he reportedly backed into several policemen instead. He was shot dead whilst a passenger in the car managed to escape. The death of this teenager sent shockwaves throughout the country.


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