Sunday, August 10, 2008

One Year On - A National Tragedy Revisited


So it is
nearly a year now (20th Aug 2007) that little Nurin was abducted at a pasar malam in Wangsa Maju. I didn't realise that it has been that long. Thank you to the The Star for rekindling the story. I thought with that sad anniversary, I would like to rekindle my anger and my consciousness when I wrote the piece below and posted at my then blog at

So I guess this is one of the thousand of cases that may not see the daylight in a court of law. Irrespective of the promises by our top guns in the police force, albeit being empty promises, nothing has happened.

I don't know whether to laugh or or cry to read the article in the The Star today on the policeman who went to Jazimin's house asking if he knew the missing girl (Nurin) with little inkling that he was asking the father of the missing girl. Of course his excuse was that he was new, but then again, didn't he read the newspaper or watch the tele? Is he pathethic or what?

anything changed from a year ago? Of course since then we have had Ninie and many more!

A National Tragedy (posted 21 Sepetember 2007)

I had never thought I would shed a tears for a stranger.

I was driving back to the office on Thursday after spending two hours at LHDN Wangsa Maju when the news break at the Klasik Nasional informed listeners about the matching DNA of the body of the young girl in a sport bag with that of Nurin. I was overwhelmed by the news that all of the sudden, I had tears in my eyes. I had seen the mugshot of the murdered girl, no doubt with bruises and cuts all over her face, she didn't exactly look like her. But I thought she looks as sweet as Nurin, even in death.

Reading three newspapers today, I could not help but shed more tears. I can't claim that I can imagine the agony of her parents. I can understand why they didn't accept it in the first place, but I can't imagine how they could have missed identifying her body. Then again, we didnt know what she had undergone through that caused major changes to her body and face that even her parents could not recognize her.

I don't think any Malaysian had not been touched by her disappearance and muder. I had never seen an imam in tears while leading the jenazah prayer!

But beyond being sad, I am also very upset and I am angry.

I had written in an earlier entry about the depressed social climate in the country. This is one of them, in the long list of crimes (solved or unsolved) perpetrated in this country. I blame it on the society for what had happened to Nurin - that include people like ME. (I know I am part of society and share some of the blame.) We had been too materialistic and too money minded that we care less about moral decay of our society. All we do care is how we can make more money for ourselves. It has made us indifferent and apathethic.

I blame it on the government for cultivating that materialistic culture. Politicians plunder the wealth of the nations for their own pockets - billions of ringgit, that everybody now believes each one of us has the same right and should plunder wealth of the nation in our small way.

We reap what we sow.

I blame it on the police. They had been too busy chasing innocent people who went to listen to ceramah. They were busy shooting real bullets at the people of Terengganu. They were busy chasing pigs, but were instead chased out of the pig farms and they retreated with tails between their legs. They were busy blowing up people to pieces with C4. They were busy hiding behind bushes trying to catch smalltime traffic offenders. They are busy plundering the wealth of the nation, following their political masters' lead (remember the two senior police officers' wealth at RM27 million and RM9 million respectively?).

The IGP had the cheek today to blame it on the parents of Nurin for her death, and would consider charging them with negligence. Shame on him. I think he has a vendetta against the father for refusing to accept the DNA test and blaming the police for not informing him directly about the results of the DNA test, which he got from the media, or at least that's how I perceived it. I don't disagree with her father on this part. Typical of our bureucracy and the non-confidentiality nature of our government wheel, where everybody would know about it but you. If it involves you, you would be the last to know, and you might as well read about it in the next day's newspapers.

I blame it on the police that Malaysia has become so unsafe that my kid can't walk to the pasar malam or pasar ramadhan alone. We used to walk alone to every where in the 70s and 80s without any care in the world. We used to cycle back at midnight when we were in primary school every Friday night (malam sabtu) after watching PRamlee's movie at our grandma's house at the other end of Aulong. Are you going charge my parents for being negligent too, Musa Hassan?

To even suggest it is blasphemous of him. Nurin's parents are an easy and soft target for Musa Hassan, but the elusive and brutal murderer is not. Why don't you pick up someone your stature, Musa? Like the murderer.

The situation had degenerated into a farce ever since the police decided that their existence is not to protect the general public but their political masters. I should know. Eight years and two days ago (19 Sept 1999), Malaysians were shot with tear gas and whacked with batons - in the compound of the national mosque. The reason for the gathering? Solat Hajat. All we had then was a camera to record the event and a hp to call someone should anything happened to us, and our ketayap (skullcap) for prayers. Of course the police and newspapers claimed that we had molotov cocktails and all kinds of weapons.

I remember the solat hajat and later on the berzanji led by Dr Badrul Amin (his voice was so calm, so soothing like always), that day, after many of us had the unfortunate experience of being in contact with the tear gas in the mosque. Trust me, you don't want to be contact with tear gas. I was in the mosque when a windshift brought a cloud of tear gas into the mosque and I was gasping for air and momentarily blinded when it happened on 19 Sept 1999. The police in a show of might at Masjid Negara - they even use the heli on us. In the 4th pic (below) the police starting to shoot tear gas at the public. I am sure criminals would be intimidated if the police were to go all out at them, the way these police went for went for it in the pic sequence - loads of police trucks full of rottweillers, ready to pound on you if they were to be unleashed.

There were many SBs around too trying to befriend us and get into conversation with us. We were smarter than them in many respect than to do that.

Flag burning? What flag burning? We were flying the flag in 1999.

C'mon Musa Hassan, be a professional (then again, what can we expect from cop whose main achievement (if it can be categorized as such) is being the infamous pengusung tilam!). You should be stripped of your post as the top cop of the nation. After 31 days, not a single suspect has been picked. Musa Hassan and his band of merry men are still clueless!

Police should be chasing the crooks and the criminals and not those who attended ceramah. Put your resources on ensuring the safety of Malaysian public and not the political survival of your political masters.How many more child had to die before our police awakens? How many unsolved murder cases involving schoolchildren do we have? How about Nurulhuda in Johor, the litle Siti Syazwani in Sg Petani, how about Audrey, the Indian schoolgirl in KL? (The Star says 17, the Strait Times Singapore says 130.) How many more of our ladies had to die from many more kes ragut? How many more ex-IGP homes had to be burgled before they would act?

Malaysia is fast becoming an anarchy state where even public enforcement officers were threatened (JPJ/DOE etc) and nothing much the police could do. They can't even solve the MatRempits' problem, and in a few cases were bashed by the MatRempits themselves. I remember the case of rioting by illegal Indonesian immigrants where the police retreated for fear of being bashed by the Indons many years ago.

These people were the 'criminals' that the police at the above pics were targetting their tear gas, the acidic water cannon, their batons, and rottweillers. The Malays are an easy target for the Malaysian police ironically. Typical jagoan kampung! (All of these pics were taken by yours truly. )The police need to do their job professionally, like those in Bukit Kepong more than 50 years ago. Police should be concentrating on their core business, and their core business is maintaining the public security. Only then we can bring back the peace and security to our backyards.


thought there had been just a tad too many people commenting on Nurin's case in blogs - not to mention in the mainstream newspaper. Ministers, Prime Minister, and even prime minister's wife (who told us Malaysians to love our children since anything can happen to them. Huh? What an intelligent remark by a prime minister's wife. As if Nurin's parents didn't love her. But she is right about her 'anything can happen' statement. She should know - her husband is the Minister of Internal Security!

the sight of Musa Hassan threatening sanction against her parents was the last straw for me. I have to have my say too - hence this piece.

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