Friday, June 29, 2012
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
I became a victim of an attempted snatch theft at The Curve
by Dawn Jeremiah on Tuesday, June 26, 2012 at 3:21pm ·
This was how it began. It was around 11:15pm on Monday, 25th June and my girl friends and I just finished watching the animated film "Brave" at Cineleisure at The Curve. As we went down the escalator, one of them named Carol said "Jo, you should teman Dawn back to her car and she can drop you back." I, being my usual stubborn self, waved them off, saying, "Aiyo no need lah, I'll be fine, you guys carry on." And when Carol insisted, it struck me that we were in The Curve (where many crimes have been happening lately), and I immediately agreed with her.
So Joanne and I walked through the sliding glass doors out of Cineleisure, down the steps and took a right where the fountain was. The aim was to cross the street and get back to Ikano Power Centre, where my car was parked. This alleyway that we had to walk past wasn't dark and it hardly looked menacing. But it was deserted; there was not a soul in sight. Nevertheless, we thought nothing of it, as neither of us felt anything amiss. So we walked and I began checking my phone messages and replying to them one by one.
As we reached the grass area where the Volkswagen showroom was, a skinny guy that seemed to be in his early 20s, quietly sneaked up from behind us. He waited for the right moment to attack, the moment Joanne had her head turned away from me. He roughly grabbed the strap of my handbag that was on my right shoulder, almost snatching it away. I screamed on top of my lungs and yanked my handbag back in the nick of time.
The impact from his pull made me fall on my knees to the grass and my phone that I was fiddling with fell on the ground too, together with my handbag. I was still screaming and yelled "HOI!" to the guy, but he continued to run towards the edge of the little roundabout and joined his friend, who was waiting for him on a motorcycle. They quickly sped off towards the Kota Damansara area. Unfortunately, I didn't get to see their faces, nor the registration number on their motorcycle.
I got up and checked my belongings to see if all was in order. Joanne pulled me to the side, so that we can get away from that place, just in case those snatch thieves came back. None of the security guards at The Curve came to us, despite my screams. They were obviously nowhere near where the incident took place.
Even a middle-aged man who drove past the moment I fell, stopped at the side of the road to see if everything was okay, which was very nice of him. He looked at us curiously and I explained what happened. He said "Tu la, tadi saya nampak ada orang cuba ragut." (Yes, earlier I saw someone trying to snatch something away") And we told him to just be wary and mindful.
We walked next door to Royale Bintang Damansara Hotel and asked the security guard on duty, if there was a safe, indoor passageway that we could use to access the carpark at Ikano. He seemed to be a foreigner and had trouble speaking and understanding both English and Malay, pointing to the direction of Ikano. After three attempts of asking, we gave up and proceeded to cross the street.
As we crossed and headed towards the ramp down to the basement parking area, we saw three men suspiciously walking towards our direction and proceeded to also walk down the ramp, just in front of us. Joanne and I seemed to read each other's minds when we said, "Yeah let's forget this and go through the main entrance" and turned back, walking up to where the drop off area was, by the sliding glass doors.
At last, we saw a security guard who was sitting at the entrance of Ikano Power Centre, doing nothing. I proceeded to politely ask him if he would open a small door for us to enter to access the P2 carpark. He refused, stating gruffly that the mall is already closed, "Tak boleh buka pintu, semua sudah tutup. Kalau you mahu masuk parking, you kena turun ikut jalan kereta" ("We cannot open any of the doors, all are closed already. If you want to enter the parking area, you need to go down the ramp like how all the cars enter"), pointing directly to the ramps which we just walked away from.
Joanne and I made several more attempts before Joanne added, "Kalau encik tak nak buka pintu, tak apa. Boleh tak encik teman kita sampai ke kereta?" ("Sir, if you don't want to open the doors, it's okay. But can you at least walk us to our car?") The security guard gave me a bored and disgruntled look, and it became clear to us that we were a nuisance to his otherwise very peaceful and serene night.
Then I finally said "Encik, mintak tolong, saya baru hampir kena ragut kat depan sana tadi. Please please please tolong kami." ("Sir, please help us. I almost got robbed by a snatch thief and it happened right where you're asking us to walk to. Please please please help us.")
More disgruntled looks from the guard. He then slowly took out his walkie-talkie and started speaking in Tamil to another guard, and then agreed to walk us to the carpark. As we walked down the ramp, he was trailing far behind us and we had to slow down several times so that he could keep up. We were walking at a normal pace.
After about 200 metres, he stopped and told us that there would be another security guard around the bend to walk us directly to my car. We thanked him and proceeded further down. When we reached the bend, to our disappointment, there was nobody there. Although the car park was brightly lit, there were no security guards in sight as what the guard promised and there were only 5 cars parked in the vast space, within our range of sight. I proceeded quickly into my car while Joanne paid the parking ticket a few yards away. We then sped off from there to make a police report.
I'm not hurt, nor was anything taken. And for that, I'm super blessed and I thank my lucky stars. My hands were very shaky, yet I willed myself to drive properly to the police station at Damansara Utama, where the officers were nice and helpful. Even when I was drawing the map to explain where I was, my hands kept shaking. But I'm glad that it only came to that.
Things could have been much worse. The snatch thief could have been armed. He could have covered my nose and mouth with chloroform, or used a tazer gun against me. There could have been two or three, or ten of them. They could have waited until we got to our cars and robbed us there. Or they could have easily brought more of their friends to come back for us, as we were still walking by the street, wasting our time talking to those so-called "security guards". The possibilities are endless.
You would think that despite the recent series of unfortunate incidents in shopping malls throughout the Klang Valley that at least one mall would step up to launch a safety awareness campaign and to take steps to raise their security levels. Not one has been doing it.
Thanks to my friends; Carol Leong for insisting that Joanne Ho-Lee walks me back to my car and thanks to Joanne for being there with me throughout the entire ordeal and at the police station. Now I'm wary of leaving the house and as I drove home and saw families crossing the streets, I felt the urge of winding down my car window to tell them to be careful while they walk.
Thanks also to all my family members, close friends, acquaintances, colleagues, Twitter and Facebook friends and followers who have shown so much concern and care for my wellbeing. I will remember each and every one of the kind words on the phone, sms and sent online.
Tuesday, June 26, 2012
1. Ted Walsh - Horse Racing Commentator - 'This is really a lovely horse. I once rode her mother.'
2. New Zealand Rugby Commentator - 'Andrew Mehrtens loves it when Daryl Gibson comes inside of him.'
3. Pat Glenn, weightlifting commentator - 'And this is Gregoriava from Bulgaria . I saw her snatch this morning and it was amazing!'
4. Harry Carpenter at the Oxford-Cambridge boat race 1977 -'Ah, isn't that nice. The wife of the Cambridge President is kissing the Cox of the Oxford crew.'
5. US PGA Commentator - 'One of the reasons Arnie (Arnold Palmer) is playing so well is that, before each tee shot, his wife takes out his balls and kisses them ..... Oh my god!! What have I just said??'
6. Carenza Lewis about finding food in the Middle Ages on 'Time Team Live' said: 'You'd eat beaver if you could get it.'
7. A female news anchor who, the day after it was supposed to have snowed and didn't, turned to the weatherman and asked,'So Bob, where's that eight inches you promised me last night?' Not only did HE have to leave the set, but half the crew did too, because they were laughing so hard!
8. Steve Ryder covering the US Masters: 'Ballesteros is feeling great today after a 69 yesterday.'
9. Clair Frisby talking about a jumbo hot dog on 'Look North' said: 'There's nothing like a big hot sausage inside you on a cold night like this.'
10 Mike Hallett discussing missed snooker shots on 'Sky Sports': 'Stephen Hendry jumps on Steve Davis's misses every chance he gets.'
11. Michael Buerk on watching Philippa Forrester cuddle up to a male astronomer for warmth during BBC1's UK eclipse coverage remarked: 'They seem cold out there. They're rubbing each other and he's only come in his shorts.'
12. Ken Brown commentating on golfer Nick Faldo and his caddie Fanny Sunneson lining-up shots at the Scottish Open:'Some weeks Nick likes to use Fanny; other weeks he prefers to do it by himself.'
Death leaves a memory no one can heal
Love leaves a memory no one can steal
Monday, June 25, 2012
On the day the proxy father was to arrive, Mr Smith kissed his wife goodbye and said,'Well, I'm off now. The man should be here soon.'
Half an hour later, just by chance, a door-to-door baby photographer happened to ring the doorbell, hoping to make a sale..
'Good morning, Ma'am', he said, 'I've come to...'
'Oh, no need to explain,' Mrs Smith cut in, embarrassed, 'I've been expecting you.'
'Have you really?' said the photographer. 'Well, that's good.
Did you know babies are my specialty?'
'Well that's what my husband and I had hoped. Please come in and have a seat'.
After a moment she asked, blushing, 'Well, where do we start?'
'Leave everything to me. I usually try two in the bathtub, one on the couch, and perhaps a couple on the bed. And sometimes the living room floor is fun. You can really spread out there.'
'Bathtub, living room floor? No wonder it didn't work out for Harry and me!'
'Well, Ma'am, none of us can guarantee a good one every time. But if we try several different positions and I shoot from six or seven angles, I'm sure you'll be pleased with the results.'
'My, that's a lot!', gasped Mrs Smith .
'Ma'am, in my line of work a man has to take his time. I'd love to be In and out in five minutes, but I'm sure you'd be disappointed with that.'
'Don't I know it,' said Mrs Smith quietly
The photographer opened his briefcase and pulled out a portfolio of his baby pictures. 'This was done on the top of a bus,' he said ..
'Oh, my word!' Mrs Smith exclaimed, grasping at her throat.
'And these twins turned out exceptionally well - when you consider their mother was so difficult to work with.'
'She was difficult?' asked Mrs Smith .
'Yes, I'm afraid so. I finally had to take her to the park to get the job done right. People were crowding around four and five deep to get a good look'
'Four and five deep?' said Mrs Smith, her eyes wide with amazement.
'Yes', the photographer replied.. 'And for more than three hours, too. The mother was constantly squealing and yelling - I could hardly concentrate, and when darkness approached I had to rush my shots. Finally, when the squirrels began nibbling on my equipment, I just had to pack it all in.'
Mrs Smith leaned forward. 'Do you mean they actually chewed on
'It's true, Ma'am, yes.. Well, if you're ready, I'll set-up my
tripod and we can get to work right away.'
'Oh yes, Ma'am. I need to use a tripod to rest my Canon on. It's
much too big to be held in the hand very long.'
Mrs Smith fainted.
4 June 2012 | last updated at 09:30am
Woman slashed, robbed at car park
By HARIZ MOHD | firstname.lastname@example.org
New Straits Times
HORRIBLE: CCTV footage with police
KUALA LUMPUR: A WOMAN was robbed and slashed on her head at the car park of Mid Valley Megamall here on Friday evening.
The 10.30pm incident, which happened not far from an entrance to a cinema, was the third robbery at major shopping complex car parks in the Klang Valley over the past month.
All three cases involved female victims who were walking alone.
A witness, who declined to be named, said the victim was found by shoppers who then alerted the mall's security officers.
The victim was found leaning against a wall with blood gushing from her head. She was also injured on her hands, believed to be defensive wounds.
"The woman was too traumatised, her hands were shaking. She could only tell the security guards that she had been robbed," said the witness.
It was learnt that the victim was only several metres away from her parked car when she was attacked. However, the car was not stolen.
Meanwhile, Mid Valley Megamall assistant public relations manager Stephanie Tan said they had surrendered CCTV recordings of the incident to the police.
"The victim was given immediate assistance by our staff and cistomers at the mall soon after the incident.
"She suffered injuries to her head and face, and was rushed to University Malaya Medical Centre in an ambulance," Tan said in a statement last night.
The victim was discharged from the hospital yesterday morning.
Tan said the incident happened at an office tower lift lobby at parking zone G, at level four.
"We learnt that the victim lost her i-Phone, a small amount of cash, her identity card, driving licence and bank cards, in the incident.
"The mall management will extend its full cooperation to facilitate investigations."
Meanwhile, Brickfields police chief Assistant Commissioner Wan Abdul Bari Wan Abdul Khalid said police had yet to receive a report.
Saturday, June 23, 2012
Thursday, June 21, 2012
Curiosity and the several beers get the better of him.
Patrick: - Oh? What's that then?
Suit: - I'll try to explain by example ..... Do you have a goldfish at home?
Patrick: - Er ... Mmm ....... Well yeah, I do as it happens!
Suit: - Well, it's logical that you keep it either in a bowl or in a pond. Which is it?
Patrick: - It's in a pond!
Suit: - Well it's reasonable to suppose that you have a large garden then?
Patrick: - As it happens, yes I have got a big garden.
Suit: - Well then it's logical to assume that, in this town, if you have a large garden then you have a large house?
Patrick: - As it happens I've got a five bedroom house ......... Built it myself!
Suit: - Well given that you've built a five bedroom house it's logical to assume that you haven't built it just for yourself and that you are quite probably married? And with a family?
Patrick: - Yes I am married, I live with my wife and four children.
Suit: - Well then it is logical to assume that you are sexually active with your wife on a regular basis?
Patrick: - Yep! Five times a week!
Suit: - Well then it is logical to suggest that you don't masturbate very often?
Patrick: - Do what? Not me, mate!
Suit: - Well there you are! That's logical science at work!
Patrick: - How's that then?
Suit: - Well from finding out that you had a goldfish, I've told you about your sex life!
Patrick: - I see! That's pretty impressive.. Thanks mate!
Patrick: - Yep! He's a logical scientist!
Seamus: - What's that then?
Patrick: - I'll try and explain. Do you have a goldfish?
Seamus: - Nope
Patrick: - Well then, you're a wanker
Tuesday, June 19, 2012
Sunday, June 17, 2012