Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Police-Bashing?

Reader Ali Allah Ditta has been annoyed by my blogging on the Petaling Jaya Abu Ghraib-ish abuse.

He must have felt that I was getting at the Royal Malaysian Police, and 'suggested' that the next time my house is robbed or I have a road accident, I should report the incident to the DAP or the Chinese government.

His annoyance with me is not unique as I witnessed on other blogs such comments rejecting criticism of the police abuse by the supporters of the law enforcers.

I pose a few questions for Ali, namely:

(1) Are police public servants or our caste superiors?

(2) Are police beyond criticism by a member of the public?

(3) Are shameful police abuses to be tolerated, with the public closing an eye to their crimes?

(4) Should a Malaysian citizen in Malaysia report crimes or accidents to the Chinese government, a foreign entity? And why do you suggest this?

(5) What's wrong with a Malaysian citizen taking his or her problems to the DAP, a Malaysian political party? Afterall, nowadays, many do, and we should wonder why?

Think about these questions, answer them if you wish and I'll continue soon ........

2 comments:

  1. KTemoc,

    U got me wrong there. Like others,me too,dont condone to such inhumane act by the police & the culprit must be punished.My frustration was not directed towards U as U seem to think. If U are upset with that,fine,I am sorry. Anyhow let me try to answer some of your questions posed;

    1) Are police public servants or our caste superiors?

    Lets look from this point, are we treating them as public servants or servants to the public? As public servants they there obliged to serve & are bound to make mistakes, but if servants of the public must we act as their caste superiors condemning them at every mistake they make? Either way we cant win.

    (2) Are police beyond criticism by a member of the public?

    Police are open to criticism but our criticism should also be fair. Just because a few bad eggs must we destroy the whole basket?

    (3) Are shameful police abuses to be tolerated, with the public closing an eye to their crimes?

    You are right shameful abuses should be condemned but must we condemned to its root? Remember,without them life can be chaotic. Look at the poor traffic policemen manning the streets...just imagine without them on busy streets like Jln.Sultan Ismail or Jln Raja Laut?

    As to questions 4 & 5,I was just expressing my frustration on all the comments made on the police force in the blogs,as if there isn’t any thing good done by our mata2. Well,if they are that bad then let the other “party help us out” when we are in trouble.

    To quote,Yuen Yuet Leng,a former CPO who said,“ The media, politicians and the public not to go overboard with their condemnation of the police. The public must point to problems within the police force the right way. The police cannot be conditioned to change unless the public helps,”.

    Cheers.

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  2. Ali, thanks for your comments. I appreciate your clarification.

    My postings on police abuses was centred on those incidents where the abuses were apparent. They were not wide-sweeping against every police person in the RMP - no, I did not use the proverbial long bamboo pole to sweep everone down in its path.

    Those specific incidents were the police stripping of women detainee, slapping them when they objected, rifling their handbags for cash, extorting from them or their husbands, peeping at them while they bathed, making lewd gestures at one of them like **her breast size was great**, etc, and the last straw, the totally unjustified nude ear squat punishment.

    We Malaysians have one unsophisticated word for all the above - 'bullying'. I can't and we all shouldn't tolerate any form of 'bullying', especially when the bully has been provided with legislated powers by the people through parliament to be our security guardians.

    All the above were abuses of one form or naother, but what broke the camel's back was the deputy IGP's nerve to pre-empt any proper investigation by declaring that nude-ear-squat was **normal** police procedure, even when the DPM and various other ministers had recoiled from the terrible act.

    Just remember how we recoiled from the original Abu Ghraib, Guantanamo, Gulag, etc, scandals - KTemoc was one of the first in Malaysian blogosphere to condemn the perpetrators and their superiors. I had been the most vocal in my condemnation of the atrocities committed against Fallujah. Abuses, crimes or bullying, that's what they were and probably still are.

    I wonder whether you have one of my earlier postings where I revealed that a senior member of my family, a policeman, was assassinated by the communist terrorist during the Emergency. He was in the same branch as CPO Yuen Yuet Leng probably was - the SB. I am not devoid of respect or affection for the police, but definitely not those terrible people at the Petaling Jaya station.

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