I think we will, from now on, be hearing more people from "up there" echo the statement by Inspector-General of Police Musa Hassan that Jazimin Abdul Jalil and his wife, Norazian Bistaman can be charged for negligence that led to the brutal murder of their eight year-old daughter, Nurin Jazlin.
That will be the tune they will be singing.
The latest is from, who else, Nazri Aziz, the Minister in the Prime Minister's Department, who said: "Law is law...we need to take action, nobody can slip away."
Nazri said charging her parents for alleged negligence was in accordance with the provisions of the Child Protection Act.
He said the police investigations were in line with the Rukun Negara principle -- rule of law.
Nazri further said that the tragic death of "innocent Nurin was a heart-wrenching episode that should serve as a lesson to all parents, to equally play their role in ensuring their children's safety".
Read the Bernama story here.
Strong stuff there. "Rukunegara", "rule of law, "law is law", "lesson to all parents".
The only part I agree with is the "heart-wrenching episode" of innocent Nurin's tragic death.
Nazri's tune? Unbelievable.
As I have said, I am against the police framing charges against the parents because I don't believe that there was any criminal element in their lapse in judgment for allowing Nurin to go the night market.
The police should NOT invoke the Act in this case.
It is bad judgment to do so. It is just not right to drag the parents to court.
How can you turn around and put the blame squarely on the parents?
It sure looks like there is a real effort to take Jazimin and Norazian to court. Never mind if the couple has two other children. But, oh. That's ok. They're not your kids. We'll just dump them in any of the welfare departments because they're better than the parents.
But, you know what. Perhaps, we should let the police go ahead and charge them if they are convinced that there is a case. (I don't believe there is.)
I'd like to see what happens.
By the way, have you found the beast yet?