Remember the arrest of the Chinese newspaper reporter under the Internal Security Act but was released after seventeen hours in detection? The reason for her arrest, according to the Home Minister, was to ensure her safety. The 'Star' reported today that according to the Home Minister, the police beat base in the crime infested area of Chow Kit, Kuala Lumpur was closed down because it was too dangerous for police officers. Moreover the area is endemic with contagious diseases. I wonder what kind of diseases he referred to; AIDS? the plague? Small-pox? Tuberculosis, venereal diseases? It sounded like Chow Kit is a colony infested with the worst imaginable criminals and life-threatening diseases. The Police in an immediate response explained that they needed a bigger beat base as they have beefed up their presence in the area.
Read an account of the sleazy face of Chow Kit here.