Malaysiakini - S'gor top cop: We acted to save under-aged cyclists.
Malaysiakini reported that Selangor CPO, Khalid Abu Bakar, said “the police stopped a team of more than 50 riders in Jerit's ‘Ride for Change' campaign in Rawang yesterday in order to save under-aged cyclists from being exploited.”
'... in order to save under-aged cyclists from being exploited ...'? wakakaka
Apparently 28 out of the 50 cyclists apprehended were under the age of 18 – hey man, for f* sake lah, when I was 17 I had already started working to support my family. At this age we shouldn't be considered as kiddies anymore
Leaving aside my personal experience (and probably those of zillions of teenagers like me who were from families which needed cash badly to survive) this revelation would have under normal circumstances sounded rather terrible, where we learnt that teenagers have been involved with political rallies (no doubt of a cycling kind) instead of studying … but
… no one really gives a sh*t about what the CPO said … because the bloke is so deeply distrusted, disliked and despised by many people.
But put that antipathy for the CPO aside too ..... in truth, I notice that there has been a growing tendency to use (or take along) very very young ones to political rallies and other including young kiddies in some candlelight vigils [eg. the one in Penang recently], following a rally or sending a subteen sweetheart to present the PM with bouquets of roses and whatnot.
I personally don’t approve of putting such tender sweeties in harm’s way, especially more so with the known notoriety of our dear police.
I believe the parents of those kids so ‘assigned’ or taken along have been either very naïve or quite irresponsible.
While I support protest rallies including candlelight vigils on principles of freedom of expressions, I don't the misuse, unwitting or otherwise, of children for political posturing.