PHOTOS: Madam Hanny, Ariffin Jamar
After a recent trip to an open-air market in Johor Bahru (JB), Singaporean nurse Madam Hanny returned to her parked car to find a window smashed and her handbag stolen. Unknown to the thieves, their faces had been captured on a camera installed in Madam Hanny's car.
Recently, a 24-year-old man became the latest victim of violence in Malaysia when he got injured after taking on three men who tried to rob him of his girlfriend's laptop and his car. In another incident, a Singaporean family was held hostage in Johor Bahru for over three hours before being set free.
According to a report in The New Paper, Madam Hanny had gone up to Pasar Tani Larkin in JB on June 30 with her mother, elder sister and eldest son. She has been going there at least once a month for the last 10 years.
The group arrived there at 7.15am and parked their car, a seven-seater Hyundai Santa Fe, along the two-way road at Larkin Stadium, together with other Singapore-registered cars.
When the family returned to their car at around 9am, they discovered that the rear window on the right side of the car had been smashed, and that Madam Hanny's $320 handbag, which contained her work documents, a thumbdrive and spectacles, was missing.
The family drove to JB Central to make a police report, but Madam Hanny did not mention the camera at that time.
When the family returned to Singapore, they viewed the camera footage and saw three men circling the cars parked along the road before stopping at Madam Hanny's. She suspects they did so because they had seen her handbag on the floor at the back of the driver's seat. She says she had put a pillow over the bag to block it from view.
One of the men stood at the front of the vehicle, while the other two smashed the car window. The handbag was stuffed into a garbage bag before the men took off.
Madam Hanny returned to JB on Saturday morning to let the police have the camera footage.
Madam Hanny says the incident will not deter her from visiting Pasar Tani Larkin again.