Amidst the recent spate of shootings and killings, police attitude towards ensuring public safety is puzzling.GEORGE TOWN: The sudden surge in shootings and killings across the country suggests that our society could well be heading towards a wild wild west social landscape.
Recent happenings appear to indicate that Malaysians are trigger happy and turning violent, especially after the 13th General Election.
Police however have blamed the shootings and fatalities on gangland rivalries.
The law enforcers claim gangs like 036, 04, 08 are fighting for territorial control.
Police have produced past criminal records of these victims as if to justify the killings.
But not many among the public believe it.
Some concerned citizens here believe that the shootings and killings were carried out systematically by powerful hidden hands.
They claimed gangs would not engage themselves in an open warfare because it would only be detrimental to their interests.
Public view is that gangsters may attempt to kill each once or even twice just to send their message across.
But finally gangsters would rather sit at a table and clinch a truce for a win-win situation to safeguard mutual interests and benefits.
“Such shootings won’t go on and on,” opined some concerned citizens.
Why are victims Indians?
Another point raised was the gunmen’s precison. They hardly missed their victims.
A Chinese businessman pointedly noted that the incidents indicated that the gunmen were a specially trained ‘squad’ executing a systematic hit list.