Monday, May 4, 2009


DAILY as we opened the newspapers, we are confronted by news. Some invigorating, some comforting while some others may be worrying to the point of dangerously threatening. Maybe all countries of the world have that kind of calamity. Certainly if controlled and guided at its beginning there could have been a stop or control. Now what do we face at the moment in our country? Foreign workers? Foreign visitors? Foreign students? Certainly we do seems to have an influx of foreigners in the country. Malaysia has been a hub because that's what we wanted it to be. A hub for foreign students to acquire their studies in Malaysia; a hub for 'Malaysia my second home', a hub for 'halal' food and now a hub for Islamic banking. It is no wonder the attractions have pulled in various communities of the world to flock into Malaysia. The intentions are honorable, calculated to bring about greater participation in the economic fields and globalization of course. With an expected 100,000 foreign students in the country filling the seats in our colleges and universities, 500,000 foreign workers in varied fields plus visitors who came on visit passes but remained and never wanting to exit it can only bring headaches and much more to the men in charge of security. Already several parts of Kuala Lumpur are dominated by foreigners from one region of the world and bringing about unhealthy development and scaring the local community.

Crime waves are reported arising, coupled by smuggling, kidnapping and others you may think of. Certainly it is not comforting. As citizen wishing for peace, safety and security for our homes and families, we look forward to more stringent rulings and control by all the authorities concerned in the light of continuing development in the country. Perhaps concerted efforts by our Malaysian communities themselves with enforcement by the government would help to clear the gray sphectre clouding our skies. The number of 'gated communities' in the Klang Valley justifies to the insecurity inherent. Not surprising there are already homes guarded by security firms and employing 'gurkhas' as they have earned their names during the Malayan Emergency.

This is a reflection of what an outsider away from the Klang Valley sees. Outside the metropolis of Kuala Lumpur or Putrajaya we may still linger in our comfort zones.

For how long?

The likes of Great Britain, USA and Europe with influx of immigrants and displaced persons are lessons before us.

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