MALACCA - Malacca is witnessing an unusual surge in quarrelsome behaviour that often leads to violence, said its police chief Deputy Comm Datuk Chuah Ghee Lye.
For example, brawls among friends at coffeeshops and cases of domestic violence had caused a 60 percent spike in the crime index this year, he said.
DCP Chuah felt that Malaccans were now getting easily agitated and would not hesitate to resort to violence to settle their differences.
"I could only advise the people to settle disputes amicably," he said after launching the wayside robbery eradication programme organised jointly by the police and Malaysian Crime Prevention Foundation here yesterday.
DCP Chuah noted that snatch thefts, including robberies, only contributed 10.4 percent of the total crime index in the state this year.
"We have been able to reduce crime involving properties but there was a spike in violence, mostly involving families and between friends," DCP Chuah said, adding that fighting between schoolchildren also contributed to the state's crime index.
He felt that there should be better anger management among the people, or Malacca would likely witness more violence.
National 1Malaysia Crime Prevention Association deputy chairman R.A. Saravana Theerta agreed with DCP Chuah's assessment, saying that he himself had witnessed four brawls taking place at restaurants in just a month.
"It is timely for our police chief to highlight this issue as more people are resorting to violence in public places, even over trivial matters," he said.