07 September 2009

Cops (in Malaysia) need to be fair

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon said that "Police should have a standard procedure to deal with public protests to show it is consistent and fair in its actions". He also added that "people have started questioning why the cow head protesters were not arrested on the spot during the demonstration but 16 people were arrested at Dataran Merdeka on Saturday for carrying out a candlelight vigil."

The answer is painfully obvious - selective prosecution.

And it is painful to know that the Royal Malaysian Police, the defender of the people, cannot be trusted to act impartially nor fairly. Chidren used to be taught that when in trouble, seek out a uniformed policeman - would we want to teach our children that today? Would the policeman help all in trouble or merely asssist those that they have been ordered to give special treatment to?

There is no indication, no sign whatsoever that any action has been taken against the cow head protestors 10 days after the incident. Just lots of talk and diversions by the authorities, not least by Home Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin. So what if PKR, PAS and BN members were involved? Arrest them if you have the guts to do the right thing, Minister.


  1. gomen said the protestors cannot be identified...

    bloggers say "let me help..."


  2. If we cannot trust the govt to act fairly in things seen, how to trust them to act fairly in things unseen (by us)?
    This country governance is as good as gone down the drain! Even if PR takes over, it's gonna be a tough job putting right all the wrongs.

  3. Any country is in big trouble if people cannot trust their law enforcers.
    We, the non-Malaysians can only rely on policemen but police visibility in the streets of Ipoh is very much noticeably lacking. I only see them once in two weeks eating at some restaurant late afternoon.
    This is the reason why we prefer to stay home rather than exploring places in Ipoh where the possibility of being offended is feasible.

  4. Hi Jerry, I am sorry to hear that non-Malaysians feel that way, about the visibility of police and perception of safety in this country.

    Yet at the same time I would encourage you to explore Ipoh and the rest of the country, just bearing in mind basic safety guidelines that you would employ in any other country - crime does exist everywhere. Have fun,and stay safe!