November 2005 Archives

Outrageous!

The PM's office tried to cover it up, but blogs made sure the story wasn't completely supressed:

Deputy Internal Security Minister Noh Omar made a statement outside the parliament yesterday, targetting at foreigners who claimed Malaysian police are brutal. The PM's Office was said to have called up all newspapers yesterday evening requesting the story be killed.
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Malaysia's Deputy Internal Security Minister Datuk Noh Omar said yesterday that foreigners who think Malaysia is a "cruel" country should go home.

via Jeff Ooi.com. Also can be found on Teresa Kok's and Lim Kit Siang's blog.

Sure enough, we don't see any mention today of Noh's outrageous statement in either the NST or The Star. Its debatable whether the PM's office to censor this terrible error in judgement is justified.

Noh is in deep trouble as it it. He keeps on trying to twist and turn but all he succeeds in doing is screwing himself ever deeper into the muck. The following was reported in the NST today:

"The rules (referring to lock-up rules and Standing Orders from the IGP) are not specific and they just outline in general terms what can be done. Application is left to the discretion of the officers, and this can be debated."

via NST.

Sorry, Noh, this isn't what you said yesterday when you were so arrogant in your claims that the action by the police in forcing detainees to do naked ear squats were "by the book". Sigh. This fellow is a fool and a disgrace to the Government.

Squatgate's silver lining?

Ok, lets assume for a tiny moment that the law makes right in whats been dubbed "Squatgate". Lets assume for a moment that Deputy Internal Security Minister Datuk Noh Omar knows what he's talking about, and the law allows for a humiliating body search to be conducted on detainees (of course, this is debatable).

"I dare say everything was done following the rules," he said in response to the public outcry over a video clip which shows a Chinese woman made to perform ear squats in the nude in a police lock-up. "There are lock-up rules and Standing Orders, and I will answer this in detail in Parliament tomorrow. I will quote under what section and what rules this is allowed," he said in the lobby of Parliament House.

via NST.

If the law allows for it, then the police have done nothing wrong. But that doesn't make the law right.

I find it almost disgusting that people like Datuk Noh Omar, who is an educated man, would defend the actions of the police by quoting police Standing Orders; he's almost brazen about it -- "We did nothing wrong, whatcha going to do about it?". Coupled with his irritating attitude captured by Teresa Kok when confronted with another squatgate victim, this fellow has proven himself deserving of absolutely no respect.

A responsible leader, faced with the massive outrage of the democratic society, would be wise to temper his statements: "The lock-up rules allows for such things, but i assure you that these rules will be reviewed/changed in the near future." Such a simple, common sense statement -- and a very smart one too because it makes absolutely no commitment to make changes to the rule, but it placates the people by promising action.

Perhaps 2 good things will result from Squatgate:

1. Lock-up procedures will evolve from the Stone Age. There is such a thing as drug sniffers and metal detectors -- non-invasive methods to accomplish the exact same thing current procedures seek to achieve.

And who knows... some enterprising Bumi can set up the company that will deploy such devices nationwide. Another lovely Bumi-only contract to give away to the well-connected.

2. Leaders can only be judged during a crisis. With the uninspiring quality of statements from Noh and Musa in recent days, i hope it'll encourage the top brass to put quiet pressure on them to go away peacefully once this blows over. Their replacements can't possibly be nearly as bad, and that's a good thing.

The surest way to beat an addiction...

... is to feed it even more! I'm hooked on World of Warcraft. Its amazingly entertaining and the desire to keep on going, the "just-one-more-quest" impulse is extremely strong. But its been taking a lot of time to play, perhaps even too much time, more time than i actually have put aside for such things.

So i needed to break the cycle, get a break from the game. So what did i do? Go on a 36 hour playing binge. That worked great, and by Sunday afternoon i was so sick of it, logging off the game was a relief. Its Monday now and i still have no desire to go back to it (yet).

The surest way to break a habit is to over-dose on it! :)

Moron!

I think i know why we keep on getting morons as our Inspector General of Police. In the massively scandalous case of Anwar Ibrahim's black-eye, Tan Sri Rahim Noor was at the helm: a world-class moron. In the current man's term, Tan Sri Mohd Bakri Omar, we've got the police image continuously being tarnished by scandals of corruption and abuse of authority, recently involving a Chinese student who was sued by the cop whom she brought ACA charges against, and the incident of the 4 Chinese nationals.

Both didn't become morons overnight; they spent their time as Deputy IGPs perfecting their act. We can already worrying see the current Deputy IGP, Datuk Seri Musa Hassan, following in their footsteps: he issued a statement in the press yesterday saying:

"There will not be any cover-up, and anyone involved in any illegal activity, like recording or using a phone in a restricted area, will be brought to book. We will not hesitate to dismiss them."

WTF?? The whole nation is crying out for some action, an explanation why this happened, is habitual humiliation of prisoners in detention normal police practice, who is responsible -- and a thousand other more important questions. Through all of this, it seems our Deputy IGP is more concerned about how the recording was made??

The fact that a recording was made and distributed is a blessing to all Malaysians -- its rare, documented proof of the abuses of our royal police force. I applaud and support DAPs proposal that CCTVs should be installed in all police stations. If the police know the way they handle prisoners is being monitored, then fewer cases of abuse will occur.

UPDATED: Its infuriating that its now revealed the police knew about the abuse a few days prior to Teresa Kok's expose in Parliament on 24 November (Thursday). They've had several days to investigate -- and still they are not ready to make an official statement of the progress of their investigation? The IGP's silence is almost a scandal in itself. This is certainly one of those times when a man of his position needs to put up or get out.

A disaster for the Royal Malaysian Police

When i first saw this on Paul Ooi's blog, i thought that it might be a hoax. Then i read about the same thing, saw the same pictures on Lim Kit Siang's blog, with a word that the whole Parliament had seen the actual MMS of abuse, and i thought to myself, "The shit has hit the ceiling now."

If it hasn't already, a copy of this MMS will find its way into the hands of the media organizations in China and around the world. As a nation, we're going to get blasted in editorials everywhere, CNN and Reuters will definitely pick it up (its just too sensational to ignore!), and the web will be flooded with .avi copies in no time. Once again, Malaysia has succeeded in making the news for the wrong reasons.

This whole experience is an unmitigated, unprecendented national disaster. Oh my God.

Lets fix the problem with the police

So much effort, public time, public money, newspaper ink, ministers' time spent on an issue that shouldn't have been an issue in the first place! Its disgusting. There is a ton of things wrong with Malaysia that need fixing, and the fixing can only be done by our elected reps. But if our reps' time is being spent on things like this, then their time on other, critical matters is less. Simple logic.

Decisive action needs to be taken this time to end the charade our society has with the police -- the controversy with the Chinese nationals is just the latest of a string of incidents that span many, many years.

My suggestions:

1. Let the top heads roll: in any organization, when the juniors mess up, the seniors must take responsibility for the actions of those under his command. Corruption, abuse of power and everything else thats wrong with the police is a cultural issue within the police organization. Leaders are responsible for that culture and it is them who should go if that culture gets out of hand.

2. Here's a radical thought: police are corrupt because:

a. Too much power is placed at their disposal -- remove some of that power through legislation such as a Whistle Blower's Act, or make the police department subject to fast-tracked civil litigation. Steps like these will make them much more careful.

In developed nations, the police are regularly sued even by CONVICTED CRIMINALS for mishandling, abuse or for putting the handcuffs on too tight. The laws of Malaysia can be re-jigged slightly to allow for cases involving national authorities such as the police (or even Parliamentarians) to be fast-tracked in the courts. This means swift justice and compensation for wrongs committed.

b. Increase the average policeman's pay. Make it worth their while to be honest. Hire well-educated, well-qualified people into the police force. Make it so that being a policeman is a respected, desirable position. You may be surprised to find that this may make them much less susceptible to bribery and corruption.

Honestly, i see none of these things being done in the resolution of the case involving the Chinese nationals. Nothing lasting was done before, and there is very little to suggest that anything more will be done this time (i.e. i've heard and read next to nothing about any proposed solutions to handle the root of the problem). A band-aid fix will be applied, it'll stop the rot for a moment, then it'll be business as usual once more. Our MPs like Teresa Kok, our Ministers like Nazri Abdul Aziz -- they have a chance here to do something right here. Though i think, ultimately, nothing meaningful will be done, i hope they will make the effort to prove me wrong.

A good man needs help

If there ever was a good man who needed help for a good cause, Jikon Lai would be him.

I reckon that if people have in the past managed to raise funds via the internet to pay off their credit cards (see Save Karyn) or for boob jobs, my plea represents a more noble cause. I am asking you, kind reader, to help partially fund my Ph.D.

via JikonLai.com.

Sure, Jikon, i'll help you out some. I don't know you very much, but people who i have loads of respect for speak highly of you. That is good enough for me. Money on the way to your Maybank account.

Sex for love?

After watching the latest episode of Desperate Housewives, it got me thinking: do women sleep with the men they love because they are afraid of losing them?

Undeniably, physical consumation matters to men. Love if an emotion for us, and to a point, sex if a validation of that love. It probably sounds terribly chauvinistic, but ultimately its true. I can't speak for women and how they view sex, but every man i know feels and thinks the same way. It doesn't mean the emotion of love is not true -- good men mean it when they say, "I love you." But at some point, emotion without the act of love is viewed as rejection.

Depending on the person, there is a degree of patience involved. Some men can wait longer than others but in the end, without sex, love is just another four letter word.

I wonder how many women know this when they tell their man, "If you love me, you'll wait."

A Guild of Malaysian WoW Players

I'm looking to start a guild of Malaysian WoW players for Frostmourne. Anyone interested to participate please contact me. The guild will have its own website and voice servers.

How the Malaysian blogosphere has changed

I read Claire's piece with some interest this morning, where she wrote:

About the time when I first got into the working reality, the blog was far more personal and exclusive to intimate outbursts of emotional and mental confusion, cast out over a less flashy blog template. My readers were less, but they were equally constructive in their critism and responses to the posts–I had a relationship with most of them, and I never hesitated to share IM contacts to bring the reader-blogger relationship up a notch.

via MiniNanos.

She's right. How the blogosphere has changed. Its (a) gotten a lot larger and (b) a lot more diverse. As an advocate of the written word, i can only say that this is a good thing.

Deep trouble: WoW

Oh bugger me. Its been a huge holiday, massive boost to the ol' stamina reserves and i'm coming home raring to go. But i picked up an addiction here (damn you, Nathan!) that's going to consume me for many, many hours and days and weeks: World of Warcraft. It started 3 days ago, and since then i'm straddled with Durex, my Level 19 Tauren hunter on the Frostmourne server (the new Oceanic server that always seems to be chock full of players). If you're reading this, give me a "pst" and we'll go raid some dungeons together.

Durex, Tauren
Meet Durex, Level 19 Tauren

Some useful resources:

World of Warcraft Database
Curse-Gaming: AddOns and Mods

Global Sex Survey 2005

Malaysians and sex -- such a taboo subject it is, we've got to rely on Brits to do a survey about it and tell us how sexual we are. Well, the Durex Global Sex Survey 2005 results are in. A good read. Some highlights:

Interestingly, outside the bedroom, most Malaysians have been found to have sex in toilets (44 per cent) (got no where else to do it, eh?? - Aiz). The next most popular place is in the car with 38 per cent of Malaysians having done it there, while another 24 per cent opted for their parents’ bedroom. With such statistics, it comes as no surprise that Malaysians are now losing their virginity at the age of 19, compared with 21 in 2003. The global average is also moving down to 17.3.

via NST.

A non-Muslim MP from IIU

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I think i know where she is going with this (the hint is in the 2nd para):

I know I cannot allow a precedent be set in the House ie, the compulsory imposition on non Muslim lady officers the condition to put on a scarf or tudung covering their hair. I realised I could not allow the repeat of my experience in IIU to happen in the august House. I sought Kit Siang’s guidance and thereafter stood up to raise a point of order.

via Chamber of Thoughts.

But though she and i may disagree on this point (i.e. aren't all dress code rules, impositions??), i applaud her re-telling of her experiences. For context, read "The IPTA and IIU's hijjab rule" and "IIU and the hijjab". I've written quite a bit about the hijjab in the past too.

Selamat Hari Raya

Here's wishing all the readers of the VOI a Selamat Hari Raya, Maaf Zahir dan Batin. Blogging is perhaps a bigger magnet than others for ill will and bad feelings. If i've written anything over the year that has upset you or made you angry, please forgive me.

Happy Deepavali

The VOI would like to extend its happiest Deepavali greetings to all its readers who celebrate this occasion.

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