Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Macam Tu-Lah, Kak Ijat

Well, finally, we are hearing sensible remarks by some people with regards to the decision to charge Jazimin Abdul Jalil and his wife, Norazian Bistaman.
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.

The report also quoted Shahrizat who -surprise surprise - agreed with Lee.

She 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?


Jorji said...

Payah..minta ada perasaan kasihan pun nak kene ajar.

Anonymous said...

A very thouchiung Ray ad from Indomie, I almost cried watching it. But maybe our police & some ministers think otherwise, the parents/guardian might be charged for negligence.

A Voice said...

Perhaps you like to read abt the effectiveness of Kak Ijat's Ministry in handling the Child Protection Act.

Parental Negligent and Abuse is Real

Accia said...

salam kaka ena,
mungkin mereka rasa insecure, with some mistakes they've done.

Anonymous said...

Well politicians are human. Her latest statement is positively accepted by me. Some quarters might argue left right top down but she's right in the sense that Police need to investigate ... then use logic/common sense ke apa ke ... I echo you ... macam tu lah Kak Ijat !!!

Rockybru said...

Shahrizat isn't bad, most times. She's got more up there than most of her male colleagues in the Cabinet. That is why people who know her - including Nuraina and myself - are disappointed with her statement that was in the NST.

Ena, what are the chances that Shahrizat had been misquoted by the NST or that the heading given by the NST editors, about Shahrizat vowing that "It will never happen again" - was misleading?

If that is the case, Shahrizat's press apparatus should have straightened things up. As long as an inaccurate reporting is not corrected, it stays on record.


ahirudin (rocky): yep... i was surprised by what she had allegedly said. but i don;t know whether she was misquoted. or taken out of context. a commenter in an earlier posting pointed to the fact that nowhere in the story did Shahrizat say that she "vowed that it would never happen again".
so, was that spinning by NST or just desperate subbing to get that ooomph heading.i don;t know.

i agree -- her people should point that out with the NST if she never said what was printed.

Anonymous said...

But you have to look at it from the other angle as well. These are no longer the "good ol' days". Letting two kids (the oldest of which is 9!) go to a pasar malam is negligent or ignorant.

When we are there with our kids they are always in tow - never left to wander around on their own.

Time Malaysians woke up. Yes - catch the guy who did this. But send a strong signal to parents that this is also unacceptable irresponsibility by the parents.

The police cannot be everywhere! What do you want next - CCTV at all pasar malams?

Anonymous said...

I agree with you both Nuraina and Rocky, on Shahrizat's handling of the Nurin tragedy. Really glad you blogged about the Amber Alert suggestion by Princess Journals. Been doing some research on this and no one has even mentioned it in our local media. I am blogging about it so maybe those in lofty places might take up on the idea.

Anonymous said...

When corruption and crime is publicised in Malaysian public, there is a reason … it is not to uphold law and justice.


According to the law, the Anti-Corruption Agency (ACA) is not supposed to reveal any information of a corruption investigation until the investigation is complete and it has been proven that the person being investigated is actually corrupt. This is to ensure that the person being investigated is not a victim of malicious rumours or false accusations. Sometimes, corruption allegations are made by enemies of that person being accused merely to get him into trouble. If the investigation proves the allegation unfounded, then no harm is done to that person being accused. If he is guilty, then he would of course be brought to book. But if he is innocent and his name has been bandied about in the media, then even if he is later found innocent the stigma would still remain forever.

That is why reports to the ACA come under the Official Secrets Act (OSA). This is to protect those who are being investigated in the event all allegations are unfounded and the alleged is later cleared of the allegation. But in the case of Commissioner of Police Dato’ Pahlawan Ramli Bin Yusuff, the Director of the Commercial Crime Investigation Division, they made the unprecedented move of announcing that he is being investigated for having assets amounting to RM27 million even before the investigation was launched.

Is there more than meets the eye here? Is this a simple and genuine corruption investigation or is this a case of trying to bring down a senior police officer who has proven to be the thorn in the side of the underworld? Let us review the Ramli episode and see whether we are able to make sense out of it.

Ramli is the man who launched an investigation into the Chinese organised crime syndicate that controls all the prostitution, drugs, illegal gambling and loan sharking business all over Malaysia. What used to be small, private enterprises has now been organised into a nation-wide network. Small, private enterprises that refuse to come under the networking are forced out of business and the nation-wide syndicate has taken over their territories.

What Ramli uncovered was not only the fact that the underworld has been organised into a pan-Malaysian network, but also that it has links with the top echelons of the police force and is powerful enough to determine the transfers and promotions of police personnel. Those police officers who refuse to cooperate and play ball are quickly sent into cold storage and transferred into positions where they can no longer be an obstacle to the crime syndicate.

A few of the underworld bosses were detained under the Emergency Ordinance and some sent into detention or restricted residence. But before you can say “you are free to go”, the detainees were immediately released and investigations were launched against the arresting officers for what the police allege was ‘abuse of power’. Some of these arresting officers were even detained overnight in the police lockup. While the criminals walk free, those police officers who arrested them are locked up. Which police officer would now dare arrest an underworld boss?

The police depend on informers just like the Customs Department, Income Tax Department, and the Anti-Corruption Agency. More than 90% of the cases are solved through information that informers offer. And the law requires that informers receive protection. This was what Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi meant when he said whistle-blowers should be protected. In fact, there is an international agreement that whistle-blowers must receive government protection.

In Ramli’s case though, as much as he tried to protect his informers as required by the law and by international convention, they exposed all his informers and now everyone knows who they are. The informers are now scared shit and they are worried that they may be executed by those whom they snitched on. All the other informers now know that it is dangerous to talk to the police and all have gone underground and disappeared. The Royal Malaysian Police may now be hard-pressed in getting any more information that they greatly need to help solve the epidemic of crimes that is currently plaguing Malaysia. Ever wonder why 130 children have disappeared since the beginning of this year and thus far eight have turned up murdered and the police appear at a loss as to how to solve these crimes? Who would dare come forward to help the police when their names would probably be revealed whereby they will face retaliation?

Ramli is said to have RM27 million to his name. How does the ACA know when they have not even finalised the investigation yet? Does he have RM50 million in assets and RM23 million in debts whereby he would have a net worth of RM27 million? Or does he have RM27 million in assets and no debts at all? The figure of RM27 million is highly suspect and there is no way this can be quantified unless that RM27 million figure was plucked from the air and merely meant to sensationalise the issue.

Ramli has since filed his full statement of accounts stretching over the last 37 years since 1970 and there are no RM27 million in assets. But, until today, information is still being leaked to the media that he is worth RM27 million. Who is behind this leak and why is this RM27 million figure being leaked? Is this a message to Ramli to back off and leave the underworld alone lest he get charged and jailed for owning RM27 million in assets? When a Deputy Prime Minister can be sent to jail for 15 years on trumped-up charges, certainly a mere Commissioner of Police can be sent to jail for RM27 million assets he does not own.

Now, we must be clear about one thing. Ramli is not being investigated for owning RM27 million in assets. There is no harm in owning RM27 million in assets if you procured it legally and not through foul means. If your father was a Felda settler, and after he dies the government acquires his land, you would be worth at least RM3 million or so overnight. You need not go to jail for this. And if you invested the money in land in Langkawi many years ago, that RM3 million land would now be worth RM30 million today. You need not go to jail for that as well. You will only need to go to jail if the RM3 million or RM30 million was procured through bribes.

But Ramli is not being called to explain why he is worth RM27 million. He is being asked why he did not declare that he is worth RM27 million. Now, Ramli was not only able to prove that he is not worth RM27 million, but he has proven that he in fact had declared all this assets as required by law; which is the real issue they are raising against him.

Ramli used to serve as the Commissioner of Police for Sabah. As is customary, after you serve the state and before you retire or get transferred out from the state, the state can sell you a piece of land at nominal value as gratuity for your service. But the land cannot be registered in your personal name. It must be registered in the name of your company. Ramli, therefore, had to register a company to be able to buy that piece of land.

On 31 May 2006, Ramli wrote to the IGP asking for permission to act as a director/shareholder of a company called Kinsajaya Sdn Bhd which was incorporated on 20 April 2006 and which is jointly-owned together with General (Rtd) Datuk Muhamad Yasin bin Yahya. The purpose of the company is to hold the 950-acre piece of land that the Sabah State Government was giving him under the gratuity (kurnia) scheme.

On 29 June 2006, the police headquarters wrote to the Chief Secretary of the Ministry of Home Affairs seeking permission for Ramli to become a director/shareholder of the company. On 7 July 2006, permission was granted.

Ramli’s offence is supposed to be a technical one. His offence is supposedly for not making this declaration. He not only did declare his involvement in the company, he also declared that the company would be a beneficiary to the land. And he did obtain approval from the Ministry.

But why is this issue now being raised? And why are they distorting the issue and quoting a figure of RM27 million, which has now been proven to be a figment of someone’s imagination? Is it a mere coincidence that the timing coincides with the move to clean up the Chinese organised crime syndicate?

There is certainly more to this story but we shall stop here for now and allow you to digest what we have laid out thus far. If you think the above is dynamite, wait until you read part 2 of this story. And if the above and the disappearance and murder of so many children plus the recent shooting in Batu Burok are not enough to erode your confidence in the Malaysian Police Force, then for sure part 2 of this report will convince you once and for all that a major reformation in the police force is not only grossly required but long overdue.

It is not enough we point to the IGP as the cause of this rut and rot. We need to also point to the Deputy Ministers of Internal Security and Home Affairs plus their Minister who is none other than the Prime Minister of Malaysia. All this would not happen and would not be possible unless there is something seriously wrong right at the top. So it is not enough we clean up the police force. We also need to clean out those who walk in the corridors of power who are the managers of the police force and trustees of the people. The trustees have misplaced our trust and they need to pay for this crime. We put them there to safeguard the peoples’ interest. They have violated that trust we placed in them and the lunatics are now running the asylum.