KUCHING, Nov 2: Sarawak PKR Women’s secretary Cherishe Ng calls on the police to increase patrols around the city to prevent street crimes, including murder.
Following the murder of Sarawakian student Irene Chung in Taiwan recently, Ng urged local police personnel to be on the alert and implement 24-hour patrols around Kuching to protect citizens, especially women who are vulnerable to falling victim to street crime.
“We must take the case as a lesson for us to strengthen our local police force and increase patrols in order to implement 24-hour patrols around the city.
“This is to maintain public order and ensure that similar crimes do not happen in Sarawak.
“The case also shows that female students and women around the world are more vulnerable than others, especially when alone in a foreign country.
“The local police have a responsibility to pay more avid attention to relevant or similar crimes as it may occur in Sarawak as well,” the Sarawak Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) leader asserted in a statement.
Thus, in order to avoid such crimes from happening here, she urged the police to patrol more frequently around Kuching to ensure public safety, especially for young women and foreign students.
It was reported that Chung was murdered and strangled to death on Oct 29 by a man who lurked around the underpass near Changda Road at night where Chung was last seen walking alone.
Following an investigation, the Taiwanese police arrested a man who admitted to killing Chung by strangling her with a rope and subsequently dumping her body at a mountain in the Alian District in Kaohsiung, Taiwan.
In the meantime, Ng expressed her concern about the murder and extended her deepest condolences and sympathy to the victim’s family members.
She expressed her hope that the Taiwanese police will uphold their duty to investigate the case and deal with it in accordance with their laws to ensure that the appropriate punishment is meted out on the perpetrator.
Ng believed that the loss of the precious lives of young Malaysian and Sarawakian students with bright futures is a loss to the country.
She hoped that such crimes will not happen in Sarawak. — DayakDaily