I STRONGLY feel that the police should reintroduce the MyDistress application.
At about 4.30pm on Nov 4, my daughter and her friend had an encounter with a road bully in Shah Alam.
She has the MyDistress application on her phone but she was unable to use it as the application was discontinued by the police.
The man was very aggressive and began kicking her friend’s car when they stopped. He even spat at the lady driver’s face. This was over a lane-cutting incident.
She called me and I advised her to proceed to the nearest police station.
I then dialled 999 and got the operator who asked me too many questions about the incident. Where was the exact location of my daughter, etc?
How would I know their location when they were driving towards a police station?
If my daughter could trigger her MyDistress app, the police would have known her location.
I had on three occasions used MyDistress.
In the first instance, my neighbour, a senior police officer, called to tell me that he had cornered a burglar. I pressed the button on my phone for MyDistress which sent a signal that I had an emergency in my house. The police called and I told them it was my neighbour’s house. Within minutes two patrol cars arrived.
In the second incident, I was on my way to KL Sentral in a Komuter train at around 2pm when my wife, a teacher, called to say she saw a man jumping over our fence.
The train was near Bangsar. I triggered MyDistress. The police called and informed that they had despatched men. On reaching home there were two patrol cars and the police were taking a statement from my wife. What a relief!
In the third occasion, I was praying in a surau at a petrol station in Puchong when I saw a man with a bag and an axe.
I triggered MyDistress. Again the police called to know my whereabouts. Within minutes they arrived and questioned the man.
Kudos for the police with MyDistress.
Contributed by SAMAD RAHIM Shah Alam The Star/Asia News Network
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