Thursday, April 13, 2006

Malaysian Information Miinister Not Very Well-Informed

The Malaysian Information Minister, Datuk Zainuddin Maidin said recently that Singapore media liked to purposely paint a bad picture of the crime situation in Johor Bahru; in particular, with regard to car thefts (Straits Times 10 April 2006).

Last year, around October, I befriended some Malaysians at a training course. I asked them whether or not it was true that theft of cars was a serious problem in Malaysia as reported by the Singapore newspapers. These newspapers probably over-dramatized the situation, I remarked.

"No, it's true!", one of them said. He went on to narrate a few stories of his own to illustrate how bad the situation was. According to him, the most popular car was the Toyota Unser. But apparently, even the low-end Perodua was not spared.

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