Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Media Under Attack



Sun reporter Radzi Razak who was assaulted by at least seven police officers during Bersih 3.0 is unlikely to see justice any time soon because the authorities are not serious about apprehending the uniformed perpetrators. Last week, according to his colleague, R Nadeswaran (The Sun, May 28, 2011, p 11), Radzi was summoned to attend an identification parade with a view to pick out his assailants. I was actually hoping that these miscreants would have turned themselves in – to save Radzi the trouble – but that’s wishful thinking, I suppose. Obviously, these law enforcement officers didn’t believe they were guilty nor do they feel any remorse at all. Beating up people probably helped them to feel good about themselves.

Anyway, it was an exercise that mocked our intelligence and betrayed the episode’s gravity. Despite the investigation officer being precisely told that the violence-promoting fiends were young police officers, the police brought elderly officers to be identified. And to add insult to injury, Radzi was asked to peep through the louvres on the window to identify his attackers. As Nades asked incredulously, is this how an identification parade is carried out these days?

How to respect the men and women in blue? More importantly, do they deserve respect in the first place?

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