Friday, September 28, 2007


The STAR September 28 printed an anecdote which apparently has been circulating via SMS. It is titled The Malaysian Dilemma and goes like this:-

Get Vietnamese workers,
dogs go missing;
Get Bangladeshi workers,
Malay girls go missing;
Get Indonesian workers,
money go missing;
Get Indian workers,
jewellery goes missing;
Get Chinese workers,

husbands go missing.

To that perhaps we can add
“with Nigerians they either
cheat you of your money or you could lose your life”

Nigerian have well earned a dubious distinction of being scammers trying to cheat and phish people out of their money. They are legendary for the well crafted email seeking assistance for transferring money out of the country. The usual modus operandi is this wogs, sending an email claiming that they are the blood relative of some deposed leader who has in his life time slushed and stashed away some money secretly. His relative, the sender of the email now needs your assistance namely details of your bank account to transfer the money into your account. For the assistance you are promised a mouth-watering cut. Of course in order to earn the windfall a small administrative fee, read a couple of thousand is required from you.

It is amazing how many people fall for this scam. Recently a foreign broadcast TV station showed a clip of a scene in a cyber cafĂ© in Nigeria where Nigerians were at the computer terminals – all of them were busy executing their scams.

Malaysians can thank the British for one thing. They did not bring in Nigerian migrants. Imagine with the stout and burly bodies together with their violent behavior, we Malaysians would have been easy picking or to say bluntly would have ended up as dead meat. Just observe them in Malaysia, strutting around with a chip on their shoulder and with their attitude problem, you will know what I am saying. Add to that is their loutish behaviors, boisterous merrymaking and fighting.

Just how did they come into Malaysia? Some come in as students, just the same way how they enter United Kingdom. Sign up for a course at come downmarket and financially strapped college. Student visa in hand, arrive and in a matter of time they study at leisure while being engaged in crime. Of course most of these colleges are not bothered about their attendance so long as their fees have been paid.

Another modus operandi is to enter as visitors. Unlike Singapore who prefers and emphasize quality visitors and those with spending power, all the Nigerian need to do is land in Thailand. With enough money to pay for a bus trip to Malaysia and a few dollars in the pocket, a bagful of imitation watches, belts, cigarette lighters and pens and a bottle of coke to quench their thirst they enter Malaysia masquerading as tourist but in actual fact itinerant traders and petty criminals. In Johor they are a regular sight every night at restaurants and hawker centers. It is the same in other nig cities.

Many years ago living in Kuala Lumpur, I once called the Immigration Department and informed them of the street where these Nigerians and other Blacks had set up home. Despite my regular calls the place was hardly raided. It must have been because the Blacks still were there long after my calls.

Many can remember the brutal murder of a family in Kuala Lumpur of committed by Nigerians. One would have thought lessons would have been learned and particularly to curb these Nigerians from entering the country.

Obviously, lessons haven’t been learned. Malaysians have been shocked to read about the sexual assault and murder of two women in Kepong, Kuala Lumpur. It has all the hall mark of a typical crime committed by Nigerians - Brute force, extreme violence, sexual assault and the end result of murder.

In the aftermath of the murder, we also learn that Kepong has become a settlement for Nigerians. Imagine there is even a Nigerian restaurant. Clearly a Nigerian settlement has or at least is shape in Kepong. Should the police, RELA immigration and other authorities conduct raid, check, verify and apprehend the dubious Nigerians and other Blacks who have made their home in Kepong? Are their stout and burly bodies and the bodily harm they can rain causing fear in the authorities so much so that they turn a blind eye to their activities in Malaysia? Malaysian do not wish to see safe neighbourhoods to soon turn into of Harlem, Bronx or the Los Angeles riots to be played out in our streets. Keep our neighbourhood safe and get rid of these dubious Nigerians, Africans and other wogs fast.

Norman Fernandez