While one can understand (though not condone nor tolerate) people rebelling against armed soldiers or policemen, what idiocy and barbarism were nauseatingly exhibited in the bizarre attack on a fireman, or for that matter, an ambulance attendant/driver, a doctor, a nurse, and even a hoily man in his uniform (eg. Catholic priest, Buddhist monk).
There was/is a limit, drawn by ethics, civility, courtesy, values, etc of which the converse is barbarism or evil. It's inexplicable for anyone to hurt an emergency-responder like a fireman, let alone that the man was dragged out of his vehicle and beaten to unthinkable severity, in fact to his eventual death.
The injuries were so horrendous he perished after 3 weeks in ICU where the best possible medical care was accorded.
Why was there so much hatred that the attackers couldn't or didn't want to differentiate between perceived 'foes' and a neutral, nay, compassionate dutiful first-responder in his service uniform?
HATRED, EVIL, MINDLESSNESS - whoever did that evil unforgiveable deed must be severely punished after due police investigation and successful court charges.
However, I disagree with some that the death penalty be invoked. No matter how horrendous the proven crime has been, we Malaysians must demonstrate our civilised ethics to avoid capital punishment for the guilty but to jail that person or persons, if necessary, for the "rest of his/their natural life/lives".
I have never believed in the proposed "30 years" substitution for capital puinishment because murder is never standard nor should its punishment be so.
Lastly, so-called religious men should NOT instigate their messages of evil, that there should be an eye for an eye.