Today is the day when I felt embarrassed to be a Msian.
I was having a leisurely breakfast (in Singapore, at my neighbourhood Killiney Kopitiam) when a lady at the next table said loudly to her friends at the same table "You know, lah, my daughter who lives in KL. Her friend's 7-year old daughter was kidnapped just in front of her house in KL. Lucky she was found unhurt, but traumatised. This sort of thing will never happen in Singapore, lah. Our police are too efficient".
She went on to say "Travel to Msia, must be careful, you know. Especially in JB and KL. Don't simply walk anyhow one and wear Rolex. And keep a close eye on your kids at all times".
Has Msia truly come to this? That Singaporeans can comment adversely on the crime situation in KL, and JB? What's the point of our ministers and tourism people assuring all and sundry that Msia is a safe place to visit, when anecdotally, our immediate Singgie neighbours, bless their kiasu mentality are not at all confident about safety here, or about the capabilities (if any) of the Msian law enforcement authorities.
Oh, ya - my friends, who were at my table, looked quizzically at me. Me - I was embarrassed as hell. What's the point of selling Msia as a good place to invest in, live in or retire in when word-of-mouth anecdotes say otherwise.
And this is not the first time I've heard Singgies comment disparagingly about the crime situation in Msia!
What's the Msian gahmen doing about this, apart from sending ministers on make-good makan angin trips of apology or setting up yet another Royal Commission or Public Enquiry? We should be demanding results, man!