By-laws intended to ensure the safety of women shoppers, including the provision of special parking spaces for them near mall entrances and with ample lighting, are to be enacted by the Selangor government.
is response to a spate of violent attacks on women at shopping mall car
parks and a memorandum urging the state government to take action, the
state executive councillor in charge of women's affairs, Rodziah Ismail,
"The Selangor government as agreed with the local
enforcement authorities to enact a by-law to ensure the safety of women,
especially in public places such as shopping malls," she said told a
The Batu Tiga assemblyperson added that the
memorandum called for special parking spaces for women near mall
entrances, with ample lighting and CCTV cameras, which she hoped would
be considered when the local authorities drafted the by-law.
“We hope this by-law will create a conducive environment for women,” Rodziah said.
A number of first-person accounts of robbery and attempted kidnapping at shopping mall carparks have spread through online social media networks in recent months.
have fuelled paranoia and claims that the crime rate has gone up,
despite the police saying that it has, in fact, gone down.
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