Unless you've been Rip Van Winkling this past week, you'd know that Jazimin and Norazian are the parents of eight year-old Nurin Jazlin who was brutally murdered.
Nurin was missing for almost a month.
After her body was found stuffed in a gym bag, the Inspector-General of Police Musa Hassan, Women, Family and Community Development Minister Shahizat Abdul Jalil and Minister in the PM's Department Nazri Aziz all echoed a very harsh statement. Cruel, in fact.
They said that Jazimin and Norazian could be charged for negligence as there were laws providing for that.
Then public outrage and outcry.
What is wrong with these people? Have they no heart? have they no compassion?
The couple's child was brutally murdered, for Heaven's sake!
Stop this hogwash and go catch the beast -- was the message from people.
It was as though the police had nothing but were trying hard to look fro something in the law to nail the parents.
But today, I read remarks (in the Star) made by Malaysia Crime Prevention Foundation vice-chairman Lee Lam Thye that it was unfair to charge Nurin's parents.
Here's what Lee said:
“They have gone through enough and there is no need to further punish them,” he said. Lee was among many who have voiced their objections to any legal action against the parents.
He said the main issue now was not about punishing the parents but how police and the public could work together to nab the criminals.
“This is a very heinous crime and every effort should be made to solve the case,” he said.
"Although the law must take its course, any decision to prosecute must be made based on the facts of each individual case,” she said in a statement yesterday.
She said any decision to prosecute must therefore be made cautiously and prudently.
“I believe that the Public Prosecutor will consider all these before deciding whether to charge or not in any given case,” she added.
She added that the whole nation must help the police track down the culprit.
“The police must continue and intensify their investigation,” Shahrizat said, adding that Nurin’s parents now needed compassion and support.
She could have said all that on Friday. That was not too difficult, was it?