Friday, August 24, 2012

The Police 'Makan Gaji Buta'

Two Thursdays ago, Home Minister Hishammuddin Hussein told reporters that the focus on crime-busting was "not seen as a need" for the government until only recently, and he even went to the extent of reiterating the fact that he was not misquoted (Webpage http://www.malaysiakini.com/news/206893, published August 23, 2012).

Considering the spike in crime across the country and this has been amply documented, his statement was very irresponsible indeed. His admission raises troubling questions. Is this why the police were preoccupied with breaking up candlelight vigils and peaceful marches because they weren’t tasked to collar criminals? Does this mean that the police have been receiving ‘gaji buta’ all these years? And why do we need the police if crime-busting is not even a priority?

No wonder lah! Felons are not afraid to terrorize the public. Violent transgressions get more violent. In fact, crime flourishes everywhere.

And why was it “only recently” that the police are trying to concern themselves with law enforcement? The reasoning is incredibly simple. Escalating crime is no longer a matter of perception because everybody else except the government and the police knows that crime is very real. It is at our doorstep, taunting us because the police won’t do their job! And in case, the police want to scold me – don't fault me! I am only repeating what Hishamuddin said!

Yesterday, asphalt arteries leading to the city were still sparse with road-hugging traffic and so I took the opportunity to attend the Metro Toastmasters meeting in Kuala Lumpur. As only one speaker was scheduled to deliver her speech – I tried my luck to see if I could be the second project speaker. And when permission was granted, I promptly decided to redo the speech I delivered at Taman Indrahana the week before. I had already crafted this speech on Monday but I couldn’t find the time to pore over the script and then practise. Only yesterday, I managed to read it and because it was eight-and-a-half- minutes long, I had to rewrite nearly seventy-plus percent of the speech besides condensing it further. That didn’t give me sufficient time to rehearse. Like always, I still presented the speech but it was again very much done impromptu. I personally felt I did better than the speech I made at Taman Indrahana and although it was a major revision, I got a kick from hearing laughter reverberating the meeting room. This time I titled my speech “Gunung Ledang” and my evaluator was Garry Cheong, a Malaysian from the First Northern Thailand Toastmasters Club in Chiangmai, Thailand.

Anyway, I thoroughly enjoyed this meeting and Stepen Seow as the Toastmaster-of-the-Evening was in top form. An eight out of a ten score for this meeting.

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