Food operators main prey for Seremban robbers

Food operator Hoo Chin Yong shows the damage to his car after he rammed it into the robbers’ motorcycle. — Picture by Ahmad Zamzahuri
Food operator Hoo Chin Yong shows the damage to his car after he rammed it into the robbers’ motorcycle. — Picture by Ahmad Zamzahuri

SEREMBAN, May 24 — Food operators, apart from the innocent walking on the streets, seem to be the main prey of desperados on a snatch theft and robbery spree here.

Three days after the attack on the nuns on May 14, Kedai Makanan & Minuman Coffee Tiam at Jalan Seng Meng Lee, close to crime-filled Jalan Yam Tuan, was a target of robbery.

Two suspects were arrested after the robbery, but the owner says the area is no longer safe.

Hoo Chin Yong, 58, said: “I was washing dishes when I noticed the same motorcycle passing by the area a few times.

“The pillion rider alighted and tried to pull my waist-pouch but I pushed him away.”

Less than five minutes later, the pair came back with sticks and started terrorising those in the restaurant.

Hoo’s partner and brother-in-law Foo Khee Chung, 44, warded off the blows but his wife was struck on the head.

The robbers fled with RM1,000.

Hoo said: “Foo jumped into his car and gave chase. I, too, went in pursuit and after a short chase, rammed my car into their bike. They fell but fled on foot.”

Foo said years ago, they could operate their business without any fear. 

“It’s is not safe anymore,” he said, adding that police presence had been oddly low although their coffeeshop is near the Jalan Campbell police station.

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