petty theft in malaysia -- the democratisation of crime? cheap labour, cheap motorbikes and an affluent middle-class create the factors for easy access to crime. compared to the organised crimewave in malaysia of the 70s and 80s, todays crime wave consists of petty criminals; snatch thieves spread out over vast swathes of the urban landscape, moving seemingly at random and untraceable after they meld into the crowd. in the past, intitation into organised crime represented a significant barrier to entry for would-be criminals, now all you need is a cupchai and RM20 in the tank. so crime became mainstream, accessible to anyone who is so inclined. my pet theory for now anyway. lol.