PETALING JAYA: A horrific and inhumane act - this is the reaction of most to the murder of the girl whose body was found floating in a water retention pond on Tuesday.
"The streets are not safe, what with a brutal case like this occurring right under our noses.
"Police have reportedly stepped up security efforts but we have yet to see the effects," said All Women's Action Society (Awam) senior programme officer Abigail Devries, who described the murder as "horrendous."
MCA Public Service and Complaints Department head Datuk Michael Chong said those responsible for the crime were inhumane.
"I urge the public not to panic and allow the police to do their job. We are waiting for the police to conduct their investigations. Justice will prevail," he said.
He added that parents should always be aware of their children's whereabouts and report to the police if they were missing.
The half-naked body of the girl, believed to be raped and sodomised, was dumped in the pond at Lorong Gurney, off Jalan Semarak in Kuala Lumpur, and found by three Kuala Lumpur City Hall workers when they went there to collect garbage around 11.30am.
The girl is believed to be a local as there is a BCG vaccination mark on her arm.
Women's Aid Organisation social work manager Wong Suzane urged the authorities to step up enforcement and nab the perpetrators as soon as possible, adding that people should be extra cautious and alert on the street.
"We must not make ourselves easy targets. Parents should tell their children not to blindly trust people, even though they may be their uncles or aunties," Wong said.
Empower executive director Maria Chin Abdullah said that according to research conducted by Empower, 45% of court cases related to murder did not qualify for a full trial due to lack of evidence.
"We want to see improvements - from the initial stages of catching the rapist, forensics investigation, collecting evidence - to when the case is brought to trial," she said.
Malaysian Crime Prevention Foundation vice-chairman Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye blamed the availability of pornographic materials for the increase in gruesome child murders.
"Pirated pornographic VCDs sold cheaply are not the only problem. There is also addiction to cybersex and pornographic websites, leading to the corruption of young minds," he said.
He added that the public must be pro-active in raising the alarm if they were suspicious of any crimes occurring.
"The major responsibility lies with parents to protect their children. They must never allow their children to go out by themselves," he said in a statement yesterday.