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‘Samseng’ Nation March 13, 2007

Posted by elizabethwong in Democracy, Human Rights, Malaysia, Southeast Asia.
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Amazing Malaysia
(plagiarised from Thai Tourism Board’s catch-phrase).

I was emailed this video earlier in the morning. I’d missed the news last week, and only read it today.

Pua Chia Teng, a tailor, was dragged out from his shop by the Klang Municipal Council officers for someone else’s parking ticket offence. Once at the police station, he said he was only released after coughing up a RM 1,000 bail. (See news story here)

One should be quite baffled as to what offence has Pua been charged with.

Furthermore, it is uncommon for police stations to issue monetary-based bail, in order to prevent corruption. Monetary-based bails are decided by the courts and only when one is charged for an offence, the bailor opens a passbook account and gives it to the court as proof of payment.

At police stations, it should be ‘jamin mulut’ or police bail, usually with one surety i.e. a person to vouch that you would turn up when requested by the police. (Remember this, boys and girls!)

Most importantly – will MPK recompense and apologise to Pua?

I think we all kinda know the answer to that, considering our past experiences.

We’re becoming a samseng* nation – one where there is an apparent breakdown in law and order – where law enforcement officers and government officials are part of the problem.

Malaysia is hardly exemplary for its track record on accountability.

When a murder suspect collapsed and died in the office of a South Korean prosecutor during questioning, the Justice Minister and Prosecutor-General immediately tendered their resignations. Then President Kim Dae Jung made a public apology to the nation and took steps to prevent this.

Here, no Prime Minister, Minister and the police have ever apologised to families or the nation over our appalling rate of deaths in custody. In fact, no police officer has ever been charged or reprimanded for these deaths.

Instead, those responsible for or wax lyrical about upholding ‘law and order’ appear to be above the law.

Like the Anti-Corruption Agency head, Zulkifli Mat Nor, or deputy Internal Security Minister, Mohd Johari Baharum.

They should at least have the good graces to stand down / go on leave / resign. But instead, it’s business as usual for VVIPs and VIPs, with the Prime Minister’s full backing, while the ‘little people’ such as Pua, get the sharp end of the stick.

And you wonder how on earth can MPK officers behave in this recalcitrant manner, and get away with it.

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(Updated)

Shades of the truth

Citizen Nades – By R. Nadeswaran (14 March 2007, The Sun)

The history of our race, and each individual’s experience, are sown thick with evidence that a truth is not hard to kill and that a lie told well is immortal. – Mark Twain

“Initial investigations showed that our parking attendant was obstructed from issuing a compound on Jalan Hassan. The parking attendant claimed he was shoved and this caused emotions to run high. To avoid any untoward incident, the parking attendant decided to escort the complainant to the Klang police headquarters to lodge a report.” – Klang Municipal Council (MPK) president Abd Bakir Zin

IT was never the intention to equate both the above-named gentlemen, either in status, intellect or knowledge. That would be unfair. On the contrary, one quote complements the other. And it would only be fair to state that perhaps (and only perhaps, at least for the moment), Abd Bakir may have misunderstood the meaning of the word “escort” in the context he used it.

Most dictionaries describe the word as:

  • the act of accompanying someone or something in order to protect them;
  • someone who escorts and protects a prominent person;
  • a participant in a date;
  • an attendant who is employed to accompany someone;

Abd Bakir made this statement after allegations were made that MPK enforcement officers dragged tailor Pua Chia Teng, 35, from his shop and bundled him into a car before taking him to the police headquarters here over a parking fine.

After viewing a video-clip of the incident, I can say with confidence and authority that Abd Bakir had certainly misunderstood the meaning of the word “escort”.

Certainly Pua was not escorted to the police station. He was physically dragged, and at least one kick from an enforcement officer landed on his calves.

It is more than obvious that the enforcement officers broke not just one law, but several of them. Let it be categorically stated that there are no provisions in any law of the land to physically drag someone to the police station.

First, Pua was not accused of any offence. If it was something to do with the parking ticket, it was his brother. If Pua was being dragged to give the statement as a witness, then there are procedures to be followed.

But the MPK officers took the law into their own hands. And now, they have to pay the price for their folly.

Councillor and Pandamaran assemblyman Datuk Teh Kim Poo has described the incident as the “darkest day in the history of the MPK.” He’s right – we are seeing miniature little Napoleons in action, with total disregard for the law.

Pua has already lodged a police report, and on what I saw on the video-clip, the police have no choice but to charge the officers with assault, abduction and wrongful confinement, all of which carry long jail sentences.

The police must carry out a thorough investigation – without fear or favour – with a view of bringing the culprits to book.

This is an opportune time for the police to redeem themselves in the wake of public criticism. If nothing comes out of this, then many will be tempted to use brawn rather than brain when confronted with such situations. (…) (Source)

Comments»

1. Rikey® - March 13, 2007

Well now we know in Bolehland that council officers can act like Police and catch suspects and Police can act like the Courts and ask for bail money…. where does that leaves our Court? I heard someone just flushed….

2. 'I love women' - Tengku Adnan « elizabeth wong - March 16, 2007

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3. maxwell - March 18, 2007

that we are a samseng nation is not news to me.

in fact we have been a pretty good samseng nation for donkey years already.

in fact, i think 18 months or 24 months back a bbc journalist, jonathan kent, did a documentary on called ‘who rules your world—meet malaysia’s most notorious triads’ . at the concluding part, kent asked the triad member who rules your world, and the answer given is no surprise to me, though it may shake up others, the answer was: the government. in other words, the government is the big brother.

malaysia today has lost out and will continue to lose out. it has embarked on a journey of no-return backwards. it did this to itself donkey years ago.

we have lost out to vietnam. the fact that fdi prefers to go to a country with limited infrastructure to start all over again is itself a very strong statement of the state we are in today.

we can only pride that we are better than countries in a worse spot than us–countries such as congo..
in fact one businessman in the political clique inner circle remarked to friends that after all malaysia can still compete with weaker countries…and he was saying it with pride.

although we are promoting the second home programme, the housing act and other supporting legislations in the country do not protect the consumer at all…

although the corruption index for malaysia has risen, we are now becoming to be known as a country that knows only how to take but cannot deliver…this is the feedback from many businessmen who have left and invested elsewhere rather than over here.
this should not come as a surprise, as our leaders have always harped on our delivery system…

back in those days when i was growing up, malaysia was well known for badminton, hockey, football…now we have our fellow countrymen held up in guatanamo for terrorist crimes…now we have malaysians who mastermind bombings such as the on in bali…wanted by the fbi…

in those days, we have science stream students who really earned their way to top schools such as mit in the us….today there are recently graduated phds from overseas countries ( don’t really want to name which ones) who tells me that these days there are people whom you can engaged at the university to write the thesis for you, should you have problems with english….well that should accounts why our standard of english has dropped so much.

and the worse of all is that this country and its people cannot take criticisms…they cannot be easily embarassed…so even if they are wrong you have to say they are right…

so how do you improve yourself? you can’t.

so forget malaysia. the smart ones have left.
those financially incapable of doing so can’t change the environment for the better.
we just have to accept the situation and keep quiet.

4. Anonymous - March 18, 2007

It’s indeed a sad day when we see such blatant “samseng-ness” by the man in unifom and their ability to escape unscathe in most situations.

“Samseng-ness” through physical violence or abuse of their positions or authority is “samseng-ness” in various forms.

It’s scary to see the country’s situation spiralling to oblivion !!

Pity the future generations og the common rakyat … what will they be left with?

5. maxwell - March 20, 2007

anonymous,

i am just surprised that how many people there are out there who are oblivious of the samseng charectre of our country.

much of what is posted in bloggers’ site is really nothing new.

i can also throw in stories also that i know off–stories that can really give you the jitters, and they are not horror stories.

in this country if you want to stay here happily is to acquiesce…..


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