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Thursday, June 26, 2008

A New Crime Created...

I received this in an email from a Yahoo! group from KL.

I'm not sure about the credibility of this story but to be on the safe side I thought I'd let you know about it.

I am sure you have all heard about "pick pocketing". Well, there's supposedly a new crime trend in KL called instead as "push pocketing".

A probable scenario of a push pocketing incident would probably go like this:
  • Somebody slips a hand phone or a wallet with an identity card & a few ringgits into your pocket without you realising.
  • A few minutes later, the 'owner' comes up & confronts you, the 'thief'.
  • He makes a big commotion that you stole his stuff.
  • You, caught unaware, are then pulled aside by the 'owner' for a settlement.
  • You are then intimidated & threatened that if you do not pay up, the police will be called in.
  • If you pay up, this 'owner' lets you go. If not, the police are called in.
  • Another strange thing is that there always seems to be a 'witness' to your 'theft'.
  • The source of this story has been told that it often happens to foreigners at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) & even on LRT trains.
  • Given that you're 'guilty until proven innocent', as far as the Malaysian police are concerned, the source understands that some poor people are in jail for these 'offences'.
  • At the KLIA, the 'owner' throws his hand phone & wallet with a few ringgit notes into the luggage trolley of a newly arrived passenger.
  • The drama unfolds a few minutes later.
  • The real culprit has easily convinced the Malaysian police to arrest the real victim (if he has not paid up the 'settlement' demand).
This is another form of extortionists operating in broad daylight.
They are disgusting criminals who will do anything to steal form innocent people.
The sickening part of the whole scenario is that unless you pay the "quoted settlement" money, they will put you in real trouble by calling the police.
The real culprit gets back his hand phone & wallet but the real victim (i.e. could be anyone of us) is thrown into the police lock-up & charged in court.

This (if it is real) is not to be taken lightly.
So do be very careful, otherwise you may end up as a "thief" as you have no way to prove your innocence.

Geh Cheng Lok & Co., Advocates & Solicitors

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