Saturday, December 8, 2012

Killer Cop

The High Court in Shah Alam on Wednesday acquitted Corporal Jenain Subi on the charge of causing the death of 15-year-old Aminulrasyid Amzah in a shooting incident during a car chase between 1:10 AM and 2:00 AM on April 26, 2010.

Judge Abdul Rahman Sebli gave his decision after allowing Jenain’s appeal on the conviction and five-year imprisonment imposed on him by the sessions court in Shah Alam in September last year. In his judgment, Justice Abdul Rahman said he was satisfied that the policeman fired the shots merely to stop the Proton Iswara car driven by Aminulrasyid and had no intention of killing the boy.

Eh? Can you stop a car by spraying it with bullets? Wasn’t the boy unarmed and fleeing from the police? Did he pose a visible threat to the police or to anybody else?

The facts showed that Jenain generously opened fire with his HK MP5 submachine gun. 

What did Aminul do to deserve a fussilade of 21 bullets from one policeman (and a couple more from another but which was discounted as contributing to the fatality)? What heinous crime did he commit to deserve a violent death? 

We already knew that the boy’s 'crime' was he took his sister’s car for a lark. And for that, he paid with his life.

What are the rules of engagement for the police to do what they did? Can we justify shooting in a situation where a car sped off when the police attempted to stop it? Was the discharge of firearms really necessary?

This isn’t the first time that our police officers have been accused of being trigger-happy in “enforcing” the law. Why does the Malaysian police force have this reckless tendency to “shoot first, ask questions later”?

Isn’t this what the learned judge is telling the police? You can literally get away with murder if you make the claim that you have no intention of killing in the first place. Citizens, be afraid, be very afraid of the police!

If I aim a gun at nobody in particular and then I fire randomly. In the process, somebody gets killed. Can I plead I didn’t intend to kill anyone?

I don't know what to make of Malaysian justice.

On Thursday, Toastmasters from Sunway University and Taman Indrahana held a joint meeting at the former’s regular venue in the North Building. We saw good participation from members of both clubs. 

It was all the more remarkable because this is the examination period at the university. Yet we had nine members from Sunway University in attendance and eighteen from Taman Indrahana. 

Good speeches and evaluations all round. I delivered CC speech #10 – this is my sixth round of CC manual that I have completed – and I was even voted Best Speaker.  An 8 out of a 10 score.

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