3 days ago I held a press conference in my office for the victim of an attempted snatch theft. This incident happened at Persiaran Kewajipan. The press conference was intended to highlight the modus operandi of such cases and to warn the other road users to be wary of similar attacks. As a mother, I cringe just thinking of what the baby experienced and how traumatising it must have been for both mom and baby. I have already met the OCPD Tuan Yahaya Ramli in relation to this case and have requested for an increase of police presence on this road.
The victim's car
The weapon used
SUBANG JAYA: A 17-month old toddler nearly got whisked off from her baby seat in her mother's car by two men along Persiaran Kewajipan on Feb 10.
The two suspects who are still at large, had smashed the side window of the vehicle and reached out for the 'handbag' they thought was on the passenger seat only to realise it was a toddler.
Her mother Yap Yann Fang, 31 who was driving home to Damansara Idaman in Petaling Jaya from her babysitter's home in USJ1 at 9pm was left in shock with the incident.
'I had stopped at the traffic lights along Persiaran Kewajipan and in just a split second, my side window was smashed, scattering the glass all over me and my daughter Giselle.'
'The pillion reached out for Giselle only to realise it wasn't a handbag on my two-door vehicle passenger seat. They scooted off empty-handed,' she said during a press conference at ADUN Subang Jaya Hannah Yeoh's office.
Yap said she was relieved that her toddler was secured to her baby seat and this had deterred the suspect from yanking her out of her seat.
'Both Giselle and I could only cry after the incident. When I regained my composure, I called my brother who told me to head for the nearest petrol kiosk.'
'I had to use a vacuum cleaner to remove all the glass pieces form Giselle's hair and clothes. I am glad we were not injured in the incident,' she said, adding that the incident had however robbed her of the right to feel secure in her own car.
Hannah said Yap's ordeal was the second incident along Persiaran Kewajipan in recent weeks.
'I would like to request for more police presence along this road especially near the Summit junction to deter crime.'
'Assailants appear to be targeting women drivers,' she said.
Yap and eight of her friends who were dressed in their white t-shirts bearing the message 'Say No to Snatch Theft' later held up placards and a banner to emphasise their point.