Visitor To Miri Loses Belongings In Car Break-In
By Rosli Abidin Yahya
Bandar Seri Begawan - Visitors to the neighbouring border town of Miri, Sarawak, need to exercise extra vigilance while in the city, as another Brunei-registered vehicle was broken into and valuables in it were stolen a few days ago.
The owner parked the vehicle at a parking lot in the vicinity of a shopping complex to have a drink at a nearby restaurant with his friend in broad daylight.
When they returned to the vehicle 30 minutes later, they were shocked to find the window on the driver’s side smashed in and two bags containing two mobile phones, one PDA, important documents, a laptop bag and clothing missing.
They immediately went to the Miri police station to lodge a report.
It is also advisable for members of the public to refrain from leaving their valuables and bags inside their vehicles while in the city.
If visitors have to keep bags inside their cars, then they should remove all valuables such as cash, mobile phones, laptop computers and jewellery, as well as personal and important documents such as passports and identity cards.
Currently, many visitors from Brunei travel to Miri, Limbang and Kota Kinabalu for the holidays to take advantage of the one-onth school break.
As many as one million tourists from Brunei visit Sarawak annually, excluding returning workers.
Beginning this year, official statistics showed a decline of about 10,000 visitors from Brunei annually, which was attributed to bad publicity generated by crime cases in Miri.
Sarawak Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri Dr George Chan Hong Nam was quoted saying that the state authorities were worried about this negative development because of the far-reaching consequences to tourism and to the state’s economy.
The state government, he stressed, was not satisfied with the current level of effectiveness in tackling crimes, especially in tourism hubs like Miri.
Dr Chan acknowledged that crimes like robberies and even car-thefts have generated bad publicity in Brunei, resulting in a sense of fear among the people in the Sultanate.
In tourist hubs like Miri, such issues can trigger a chain reaction that affects a host of industries such as hotels, food outlets, shopping centres and the like, he said. – Courtesy of Borneo Bulletin