Collapsible baton from pasar malam in Klang Valley

The much sought after (but against the law) collapsible baton
The much sought after (but against the law) collapsible baton

Friends of mine have warned me that collapsible batons are illegal for carry by civilians in Malaysia. It is so considered a ‘weapon’ and restricted to law enforcement use only. The batons don’t look much but they can cause some serious harm. Like many things in Malaysia, the batons may be illegal but one can still buy them locally. The one in the picture above came from a Pasar Malam in Shah Alam.

I have a few collapsible batons. At the pasar malam in Shah Alam, I can’t help but buy two. They cost around RM15 to RM20 a piece, depending on how well you haggle. These are probably Chinese made. I carry them when I go for walks with the dog in the housing area. A few close calls with stray dogs in the past, so I decided that this would at least help if things become out of control.

The 'pasar malam' baton fully extended
The ‘pasar malam’ baton fully extended

 

The pasar malam baton is really heavy. Probably made of steel. Once deployed forcefully, I will have to slam the tip on the concrete to close it back. A friend suggested I carry it as a personal defense tool. I would if it was made by a reputable company. I somehow doubt if this would hold up to a real ‘fight’. Pieces of the baton would probably break apart and fly off  (It would look hysterically funny though).

What most people would look for in a baton is probably the length, material is made off and how it is deployed. As for deployment, I have seen push buttons but this ‘pasar malam’ unit employs the usual flick action. At the butt of the baton is a magnet that keeps all the pieces together when closed.

The magnet on the butt of the baton
The magnet on the butt of the baton

What’s my thoughts on this baton? For a baton thats just under RM20, don’t rely on it for your life. You get what you pay for. If you want something good for self defense, take up common sense (seriously), learn up how to fight with a baton and then invest in a good one (IF you can get one in Malaysia!). In the mean time, you can buy a cheap pasar malam baton for RM20 and learn through good ole Youtube like below: