Sunday, November 7, 2010

Caning Because of Non-halal Food

Yet another school incident where Malaysians have cause for alarm. On Wednesday (November 03), a mother, Angela Jabing, made public her claim that her 10-year-old son was caned by his school’s senior assistant for bringing non-halal food to the Kuching school. She had alleged that on October 15, she prepared fried rice with non-halal sausages for her son to eat during recess, and was shocked to learn that he was punished and caned ten times on the palm for bringing the food.

The Borneo Post (Webpage, accessed November 06, 2010) carried a news report that the Minister in the Chief Minister’s Department Fatimah Abdullah speaking to the said newspaper in a phone interview on Friday, commented that all parties concerned, like the parents, school board committee, school authority, principal, Teacher-Parent Association (PTA) and the senior assistant would sit down with a view to come up with a solution. I thought this suggestion was laughably absurd to even contemplate. What fucking solution? A wrong has been done. Once the deed has been ascertained to be correct, then swift punishment must follow. Otherwise, more bigotry – the religious and racist kind – will rear its ugly head again and inflict suffering on the innocents. Stop treating bigots with kid gloves! Actually, I much prefer for them to be lined against a wall and for a firing squad to take aim.

In Glasgow, Celtic steamrolled past Aberdeen 9-0 in a one-sided SPL match. It was certainly a very potent display by Celtic’s strikeforce. Anthony Stokes opened the scoring from the penalty spot (26) after Dons captain Paul Hartley saw red for handball. Then Gary Hooper grabbed a brace (28, 33), followed by Stokes who converted another penalty (45+1) when Aberdeen’s Langfield brought down Celtic’s Shaun Maloney inside the six-yard box. And Aberdeen’s Josh Magennis netted an own goal (61) and Hooper claimed his hat-trick (63) before Joe Ledley's long-range effort (71), a third for Stokes (74) and a Paddy McCourt penalty (85) completed the rout. Wow!

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