MALAYSIA - More people are looking to have their vehicles bullet-proofed, reported The Star on Thursday.
One can bullet-proof the windows of a Perodua Kancil, a small car, for RM1,000 (S$390).
STEC Laminates director James Thomas said inquiries for security protection of cars have increased.
"Since the shooting incidents, inquiries have increased and we have received five calls in one week," he added.
The company specialises in armour resistance units, which were initially made for smash-and-grab cases, but Mr Thomas said the dense material of the unit also protects vehicles from bullets.
"The material is specially developed and can stand up to three to five gunshots at a time," he said, adding that bullet-proof cars in Malaysia are commonly used by corporate figures and politicians.
A Secu Glass representative said people were inquiring about bullet-proof glass not just for their vehicles but for also their houses.
Bullet-proof glass, also known as ballistic glass, is made from strong but optically transparent material, is easily available in the market.
According to Malaysia's Road Transport Department, there is no law against bullet-proof vehicles.
But it seems not all Malaysians are in a rush to have their vehicles bullet-proofed.
"Everyone is in a state of panic so this explains the rush and the queries," Kuala Lumpur native Willie Lee, 36, told The New Paper.
The musician added: "Personally, I'd rather play safe and avoid dangerous areas. Bullet-proofing your vehicle because you are paranoid is a bit excessive."
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