I had a relative who bought a brand new Rav 4, and within the day, it was stolen .. only later the guy admitted sheepishly that he left the keys in the ignition ..thismyvoice wrote:How about kidnapping in shopping centre car parks. Remember the woman who was kidnapped, raped and burnt to death? Heard about the high profile cargo thieves / robbers in a custom restricted zone. They forced warehouse guards and custom officers to drink chloroform-laced liquid before running off with truckloads of intel chips.
There are lots of horror stories in Malaysia, but those will be saved for another day. Enjoy the country but always be on your guard and don't be lulled by the false sense of security.
And I know enough of people, who drive Plain Protons, and still ensure that they don't leave the car park coupon in the dashboard, and insist on clicking the Gear shift lock, even if they are going to step out for a while ..
And so do a few well to do people, who don't drive very expensive cars, even though they can afford to, but have expensive security systems in their house .. and live a normal life ..
And then again, a Singaporean friend stopped his car, left his phone in the table, Singapore style (or show off ?? ) and while talking he didn't realise a native walking up to the table, pick up the phone and before anybody reacted, with great coolness started his bike and rode off .. and off the looser goes calling Malaysia as a country full of thieves ..
So, yes, have common sense and basic security in mind .. and still I would insist that Malaysia is much safer in the region, probably next to Singapore ??
And I know a few Expats, Brits, who have taken up M2M and moved to Malaysia .. and are owning houses, driving cars .. and all .. and staying out of trouble .. or being the target ..