Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Off to Jail

Yesterday, the Federal Court upheld the one-year jail term imposed on Mohamad Khir Toyo (left) who was Selangor MB from 2000 to 2008 – for corruption. [Note: He had wrongfully used his position to acquire property for RM3 million less than the initial price].
It affirmed the forfeiture of two plots of land and a palatial mansion in Section 7, Shah Alam.
And it rejected mitigation by Mohamad Khir, a dentist, to be allowed to do community service by providing free dental treatment or even pay a fine instead of serving a jail term.  

A year’s imprisonment is not a holiday but neither is it remotely excessive. Mohamad Khir had received a slap on the wrist. He should thank his lucky stars.
P Waythamoorthy, Hindraf Makkal Sakthi chairperson and who was until last year a Senator and Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, had narrated a story about an unemployed 22-year-old who stole some rice and sardines – valued at not more than RM70 – from a grocery shop. Shashikumar Selvam was given a 10-year jail sentence and within a year, he ended up dead in prison.
Compare and contrast the crime and the punishment between the two individuals in two different sets of circumstances. Mohamad Khir should be overjoyed he received what he did. Tell him to shaddup and stop whining!
Yesterday, I was in SS15 Subang Jaya to attend the Taylor’s College Toastmasters Club meeting. And just like my previous visits, it was a good meeting – thanks to the speakers who were splendidly superb. I certainly enjoyed listening to them and I marvelled at the students’ eloquence. And what made it more striking was the fact that all three speeches were Ice-breakers! Wow!


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