I am just back from visiting a friend in hospital in Penang today – a snatch theft victim.
She was walking home to her flat after work at 7.30pm a couple of nights ago when someone on a motobike sped up and suddenly tugged at her handbag slung over her shoulder. It didn’t come off easily and she lost her balance, fell to the ground and was dragged on the rough tar road for a bit (ouch!).
She won’t be able to walk for a week (but thank God, no fractures or concussion).
This is not improving my perception of the crime rate – and it’s going to get worse with the economy sliding downhill next year.
Meanwhile, Paula Khoo, the singer-guitarist-emcee who was arrested at a Penang Abolish ISA vigil a few weeks ago, continues to face uncertainty.
She found out on 28 November when she reported back to the police that her police bail had been extended by two months. She has to return to the police station on 28 January, the third day of the Lunar New Year.
In another development, Jerit coordinator Kohila sent an email alert, describing the situation this afternoon in Penang:
… the bus carrying (Jerit cycling team) participants to the place they were going to stay was stopped and police demanded the names and IC number of the cyclists. The organisers demanded why they had to give the details; the police had no concrete reasons. So the organisers refused to give the details but only gave details of themselves. There was a half-hour standoff in the middle of the road near Balik Pulau. Practically the bus was (held up) in the middle of the road.