(Adib’s death – is this supposed to be the result of temple going, God fearing devotees? Why there was danger to fire fighters when the peace loving devotees suppose to help the fire fighters to do their job? Photo Source: NST)
It was a tragedy that should not have ever happened to a fire fighter
Who is in sound mind would have wanted to injured (in this case killed) a fire fighter rushing in to put a fire? Only a senseless evil person would have wanted to do that. Coroner’s Court on last Friday after 41 days of inquest proceeding concluded that the death of the fireman was due to “two or more persons unknown”
(So, this was “suicide due to guilt feeling” back then but with a twist now – it is driven to suicide by aggressive interrogation. No matter how we look at it, Teoh Beng Hock should not be dead in the first place – it is a tragic loss and failure by MACC to conduct its business in the right way)
Free Malaysia Today reported:-
“It was found that he was not killed. But he was burdened and pressured by the interrogation, coupled with Teoh being a weak-willed person which triggered him to commit suicide,” he said.
Nazri said the RCI also found that MACC officers had no intention or reason to kill Teoh but only wanted to force a confession from him as a witness in their investigations into the alleged abuse of state allocations by DAP state assemblymen in Selangor.
“And his suicide is supported by forensic psychiatrist Dr Paul Mullen, who was engaged by the Bar Council,” he added.
Nazri said that Mullen noted that Teoh’s risk of committing suicide soared drastically due to the long hours of aggressive interrogation.
Interestingly RPK in his series to uncover the killers of the late Customs Officer Ahmad Sarbaini (who died in a very similar way) wrote this:-
Sheikh Niza brought Ahmad Sarbaini to KUS Mohd Fauzi’s office, which was next door to the pantry (remember what happened to Teoh Beng Hock). Here, he was verbally abused. KUS Mohd Fauzi called Ahmad Sarbaini a disgrace to the Royal Malaysian Customs, that he was not fit to wear their uniform. Rather shaken up, Ahmad Sarbaini pleaded for pity and a drink of water.
Shockingly, they brought Ahmad Sarbaini to the pantry. Incredibly, as punishment for attempting to retract his ‘confession’, Mohd Fauzi ordered him to climb out of the window and forced him to stand on the ledge.
KUS Mohd Fauzi wanted Ahmad Sarbaini to ponder and reflect on his actions while standing on the edge as “orang macam kau ni lebih baik mati dari hidup menyusahkan orang lain”.
Nervously, Ahmad Sarbaini climbed onto the windowsill as ordered by Mohd Fauzi who continued taunting and abusing him with insults. Sheikh Niza merely looked on. In that split second, Ahmad Sarbaini’s belt got stuck on the outer part of the window and he lost his balance and his life.
Does this equivalent to “aggressive, relentless, oppressive and unscrupulous” interrogation as well if what RPK is claiming is true (he wrote a similar story when Teoh was found dead)?
I am not sure whether the Royal Commission’s findings that Teoh was not killed but committed suicide due to aggressive interrogation is the kind of justice we expected to get at the end – almost 2 years after Teoh Beng Hock was found dead at MACC’s premise but it is still better than the previous ruling “he was not killed, he did not commit suicide”. It is not a closure though – there are plenty of repercussions ahead for the Government, MACC, the police and the AG.
RCI returned a verdict of suicide due to aggressive interrogation and noted Selangor MACC office namely brutality in interviews, poor interview skills, poor reporting, arrogance, poor relationship with the public and other agencies, insufficient use and understanding of the capacity of modern technology, possible problems with interaction between intelligence-gathering and evidence gathering and lack of discipline (remember the one where the officer was watching porn in office).
The next course of action would be on whether:-
1. Criminal action taken on the 3 MACC officers who deemed to have conducted the “aggressive, relentless, oppressive and unscrupulous” interrogation which let Teoh to break down and end up committing suicide.
Just because they did not pull the trigger, it does not mean they are innocent. Just because they did not “intend” for someone to die but through their action, someone did, it does not mean they are not punishable. When one is not found guilty of cold murder, there are still provisions under the law to find the person guilty under manslaughter.
Will we see the AG now “aggressively and relentlessly” proceed with manslaughter proceedings against the 3 MACC officers? Or it is going to be business as usual for these officers who only pursuing the interrogation based on what many perceived to be part of an evil, dirty political scheme to disrupt the administration of the Pakatan led state (remember this nonsense?)? And it is now found that the investigations that cause Teoh Beng Hock to die was done solely on an informant’s “mere belief” and without supporting facts!
Yes, it is a suicide but please consider this – Teoh is young with a promising career ahead and soon going to get married and have a kid. He was not suicidal.
And until the MACC’s interrogations, he was just a normal man, minding his own business. Damn, he was not even a suspect in the matter. In that respect, those MACC officers who pursued the interrogations should not be let off the hook so freely. Any punishments should be severe enough as a reminder for others that such recklessness and abuse of power is not tolerated in any degree and in no matter what is the purpose may be.
2. A complete overhaul of the whole MACC from the ground, all the way to the top.
MACC took over from the old ACA which many already deemed corrupt but after Teoh’s death and lack of similar devotion to investigate corruption reports on politicians from the ruling political parties, it seemed only the MACC is no different than ACA other in namesake (in some sense, worst with 2 unexplained deaths on its hands).
Seriously, generally not many think that MACC will ever change and the outcome of the RCI was something that has been predicted from the very start and it will be the same case for Ahmad Sarbaini. I mean if MACC have been really serious in combating corruption and blatant use of public funds from day 1, they would have dragged certain politician from the east by his neck and hung him up high and dry as a lesson for others.
Nothing happen back then, nothing will likely to happen now. Some shadow-play here and there is expected to be displayed to the general public to show “something serious” is being done to improve the organization, perhaps but nothing concrete is expected to materialized though.
Only with a total change of Government will we see any complete overhaul of the system that seemed corrupt to the core and beyond any redemption. We have no other choice whatsoever now. Otherwise, it will be another suicide and once again, the verdict would “not killed but driven to suicide – case closed”. Forced suicide is the last thing we want to see.
The Government had already lost the goodwill and international image with its hard stand on Bersih 2.0. Will they do the same by standing idle on the Royal Commission findings on Teoh Beng Hock’s death now? Will they ever put Teoh Beng Hock’s case to a proper closure?
I really wonder whether we will ever cross the finishing line to be a developed country if highly political and seditious matters are played on public grounds on regular basis, turning one Malaysian against another based on hearsays, political hidden agendas and highly charged emotions.
(It is ok to fight for one’s religion and beliefs but it should be a fight for the betterment of the mankind and not be used for political means. Image source: http://sathyasaibaba.wordpress.com)
In the case of the acid splasher, the frightening thing of the matter has been this – about 20 people has been splashed with acid todate (one with severe burns that almost blinded her left eye) but the police yet to gain any lead to catch this maniac. Unfortunately the attention of the nation as at now seems to be lying on the other case of stupidity in the horizon. It is rather reckless of the mainstream media to have published this news which even if it is true in one’s wildest imagination, should have been left to the police to investigate and prosecute.
There is a danger that whoever reads the unsubstantiated story in the newspaper may construe it wrongly and may make decisions based on emotions rather than informed facts.
Still remember the 9 churches which were burned down last year over the “Allah” fiasco? Despite having a court order granting the use of the word “Allah” and that too after 2 years legal due process, Malaysia ended seeing the uglier side of religion extremists. After all, no one in their right mind and with strong religion convictions would burn down another’s place of religion.
The parties involved have denied the allegations and even called the reporting as “playing dangerous politics”. Now both sides have made police report and the police will soon have to use it’s already stretched resources to investigate this – valuable resources that could have been better utilized to do other things such as catch the acid splasher. But what happens if the police have investigated and that the claim by the newspaper is not true. Then what happens – will the blogger and the newspaper who published the allegations be made responsible for their actions?
Let’s trace back to 2006 where there was allegations via SMS in the State of Perak that 600 Muslim students is going to be converted into Christianity – apparently started by the Mufti of Perak himself based on hearsays. No doubt, pandemonium broke out and the church was soon surrounded by angry Muslim protestors. Thankfully the police was at hand to keep things in control and in the end, the SMS was found to be untrue. The Mufti disclaimed responsibility by saying he relied on someone else for the source of the allegations and he did not really investigated the truthfulness of the allegations but continued to spread the news to others. Read further here.
There seems to be a similar chain of events here – allegations made and picked up by someone who deemed to have some sense of responsibility (in this case, Government controlled mainstream media).
But the question that arises – can Christianity really be made as the national religion as claimed by the newspaper? Is it really that easy to change the constitution? Can the Christians gain enough seats in the Parliament to even have the votes to make the change? The truth of the matter is it will not happen – not now and certainly not in the near future. Islam will remain the national religion of Malaysia and everyone including the Christians has acknowledged this.
Renowned constitutional expert Abdul Aziz Bari has dismissed Utusan Malaysia’s article on a supposed conspiracy to make Christianity Malaysia’s official religion as “ridiculous”.
“Constitutionally it is just illogical. It cannot happen, just impossible. Even if Pakatan controlled hundred percent of the Dewan Rakyat.
“Remember that the Senate which has similar powers to the lower house when it comes to constitutional amendments, is not under their control as some of the senators belong to Umno-BN.”
He argued that technically the upper house can block the amendment passed by the Dewan Rakyat. Abdul Aziz contended that the provisions on the subject matters – monarchy, Islam and the Malays – are simply beyond the ordinary political process.
So, even if there were calls for change of the national religion and to have a Christian PM as purported by the newspaper – it is not going to happen for a fact. Christians simply do not have the numbers to make it happen (remember there is still the Buddhists, Hindus and others that they need to content with). So, why the big concern of this in the newspaper and in the blogsphere? Why now?
At this juncture, I have to agree with the former PM’s contention that the current Federal Government has gone weak. But I disagree that the Government is weak due to not having the two-third majority. It is certainly not. It is weak because it failed to act on both ends – act against accusers who spread lies and allegations and act fast against the accused and investigate the truthfulness of the allegations. It has become a Government who put their foot down for the wrong reasons.
Certainly somewhere in our journey after gaining our independence 54 years ago, we have gotten our priorities wrong. No wonder we still have a maniac with acid on the loose. I pray that sanity will soon return to our “Bolehland” in the next few days.
(F5E jet fighters are considered obsolete in the current jet age but it is still part of our air defence system – no one should forget about that! Image source: http://cdn-www.airliners.net)
I guess when one is digging through a pile of crap; it is only going to get nasty…
As we know by know – RMAF’s F5E fighter jet engine has been missing and the Government is now doing massive damage control due to national (does threat to national security rings a bell?) and international implications (perhaps under illegal shipments of military hardware?).
The PM and the Defence Minister have repeated said that there is no cover-up and the police is “seriously” investigating. Good luck to them especially if those engines have left the country, the relevant paperworks have been destroyed and the real culprits have disappeared.
Then we have this: –
Not one but two jet-fighter engines, each worth RM50 million, were stolen from the Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) base in Sungai Besi.
Both engines served as power plants to the F-5E Tiger II fighter and RF-5E Tigereye reconnaissance jets.
Looks like we did not lose 1 but 2 jet engines and we are seriously wondering whether this is just a tip of the iceberg?
Then it gets better with this
It was learnt that the engines were sold to arms dealers on the black market.
Intelligence reports suggested the engines were later transported to a US-sanctioned Middle Eastern country that was keen on developing its own fighter jet
With this, Malaysia would be a tempting choice for many of the US controlled blacklist lists (perhaps one on who is assisting terrorists and rogue countries). Even though, it is a theft (and not a willing sale & purchase), Malaysia’s reputation has been grossly tarnished.
The source said only Iran, which is one of the biggest users of the F5 interceptor aircraft and its unlicensed indigenously developed variant, would be the only buyer of a whole engine.
The US has maintained an arms embargo on Iran since the Islamic revolution in 1979. The source said the US, which has been notified of the engine theft, would have found out about any delivery to Iran and would have imposed sanctions on Malaysia for violating the arms embargo.
The sources said as far as they knew, the US has not placed any restrictions on the sale of items, military or dual-purpose, on Malaysia.
Are we suppose to be happy that the US (and its allies) have yet to place any restrictions on Malaysia? What about our own standards of being accountable and following the international agreed norms?
What had happened to the strict control of our most prized assets? And when we learned about the theft, did we act swiftly to nab the offenders and get the stolen items back in one piece? Or did we take the usual casual way of doing things whilst the criminals were busy cleaning their tracks?
CheguBard lists out the chronology of event in his blog: –
26Jun 2007 – enjin pertama dihantar keluar (the first engine shipped out)
1November 2007 – enjin kedua dihantar keluar (the second engine shipped out)
Mei 2008 – enjin disedari hilang (it was realised that the engines were missing)
4 Ogos 2008 – laporan polis dibuat (police report made)
13 Mei 2009 – kertas siasatan dihantar kepada Peguam Negara (investigation papers sent to AG).
25 Jun 2009 – kertas siasatan dipulangkan dengan arahan untuk lengkapkan siasatan (investigation papers sent back with instruction to complete the investigation)
18 November 2009 – kertas siasatan dihantar semula (investigation papers re-sent)
Interesting timeline, isn’t it?
In 2007, when the first and second engine was stolen, the Minister in charge of Defence is none other than our current Prime Minister. Is this why, we did not hear about the stolen engines until late 2009? Why the “cover-up” for the past 2 years?
But yet Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak claims there is no cover up.
He was then Defence Minister in Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi’s Cabinet. He should have recommended then for the theft to be announced to the public.
Najib has allowed the issue to be kept under wraps for more than a year. In the eyes of the public that sounds like a cover up. The fact that a police report was lodged does not mean there was no cover up.
Also if you note the time when it was discovered the engines were missing and police report were made, it took them more than 2 months before deciding to make police report. Why the delay then? Was it because they been caught with their pants down and they do not know what to do?
What about those in charge of the matters at RMAF? If you think they been caught and court-marshalled for treason, think again.
Should we be happy and jump with joy at the news that a brigadier-general and 40 other armed forces personnel were sacked for alleged involvement in missing RMAF jet engines incident?
The New Straits Times headlined today that they were given the boot late last year after Air Force jet engines worth RM50 million went missing. Why alleged? What then is the “real” truth behind this dastardly, shameful, treacherous act?
Why only an internal inquiry? Why not a full-blown investigation and trial by a civil or military authority?
This is an act of treason. Why were they not court-martialed?
Can we feel more comfort that the necessary people in the Government will now be shameful of this act of treason and will now take stringent steps to avoid similar things from happening? Or it is going to be business as usual for the culprits?
If you remember, after fatal or wasteful or embarrassing national crisis, we have come up with many commissions, recommendations, warnings but the thing is how much of the so-called recommendations that we have actually implemented? Why then the repeated incidents?
If Malaysian politicians are in the limelight on the issue of copyright of food, here is one that is seemed to be tied up with Malaysia – snatch thief (the other is Mat Rempit). The ugly side of this crime is making headlines once again
“She was taken away cruelly by criminals who prey on innocent people,” Tan Chia Guan said at the funeral of his 17-year-old daughter Tan Shu Fang, a straight-As student, who died following a snatch theft.
Another innocent young life taken away unnecessarily and is a dent on the Home Ministry’s KPI. This incident happened on the same time when a foreigner got shot when he went after a snatch thief.
One can only hope that the police will manage to track these scumbags and charged them with murder and given the maximum number of caning allowed under the law. The politicians on the other hand, instead of wasting time politicking, should go back and submit revisions to the law so that any potential snatch thieves will think 3 – 5 times before daring to commit the crime. The punishments for all other crime should be increased substantially.
Sometimes the law manages to catch hold of the culprits
A snatch thief, who caused the death of pregnant mother Jamilah Selamat in Ayer Hitam earlier this month, is likely to be charged with murder. Johor police chief Deputy Comm Datuk Mokhtar Mohd Shariff said police have recommended to the public prosecutor’s office that the main suspect be charged under Section 302 of the Penal Code, which carries the death penalty.
Sometimes the public manages to catch hold of the culprits
A snatch theft suspect was nearly beaten to death by an angry mob that set on him with sticks and plastic chairs along Jalan Tok Hakim here on Sunday night.
A snatch thief running away from his victim was killed in a hit- and-run accident along Jalan Seri Kembangan yesterday morning.
Losing materialistic items to snatch thief is one thing, but to lose a life when one is still very young is another. Police presence obviously is something that is needed to be worked out – to deter potential snatch thieves and also to arrest one in action (if needed to shoot the snatch thieves in the head).
In the case of Tan Shu Fang, the good thing about the case is that the police have identified the culprits and should be arresting them soon. Hope that they will be charged with murder or a similarly heavy punishment.
When I first heard about KPIs and other related slogans like “we accept we need to change”, “people first, party later” and other sugar coating remarks from BN, I was sceptical on whether these jokers was serious about change or just putting up a wayang kulit (shadow play) for Malaysians to be dazzled and support the new administration under Najib
(Is the KPI, something achievable? Image source: http://pricepages.org)
And today, KPIs was announced and some of it is not too bad – like to reduce street crimes by 20% by the end of 2010 (although 20% is not enough), to ensure 80% of Malaysian children get access to pre-school by 2012 (with strong emphasis on English?), by 2012, all school kids must master reading, writing and mathematics by Year 4 (with English included, I presume).
But the joke on the KPI was this:-
To improve the international perception of corruption in Malaysia by improving the country’s ranking in the world’s corruption index
Then in 2006, Paul Haggis’ screenplay titled “Crash” won an Oscar for Best Picture for 2005. The movie was also nominated for Best Director (Paul Haggis), Best Editing, Best Original Score, Best Screenplay (Paul Haggis & Robert Moresco) and Best Supporting Actor. In the end, it won 3 out of the 6 Oscar nominations.
The plot in the movie is simple and complex at the same time and it about several characters that crossed path with each other in 36 hours.
The characters includes 2 young African American car-jackers, a white District Attorney and his wife, an African American police detective who is having an affair with his Latina female partner, a white police officer and his partner, a African American television director and his wife, a Mexican American locksmith, a Persian American store owner, his wife and his daughter, a Chinese shop owner and an African American secretary at a doctor’s office.
Many colourful characters in the same movie and it were interesting to see how Paul Haggis inter-twines the relationship between the characters.
The central character in this movie has to be the car-jackers. They steals the car from the District Attorney and his wife and on their way to deliver the stolen car to a workshop, accidentally hits the Chinese shop owner who was standing by his van. They then tried to hijack the television director’s car, only to have the tables turned around them. One of the car jackers leaves with lesson learned whilst another takes a hitch hike in an off-duty police officer’s car who then get shot when the police officer mistaken the car-jacker’s action.
There is only an on-going drama between the Persian shop owner and the Mexican locksmith. The back door of the Persian shop is not working and the Mexican locksmith is engaged to fix the lock. But the locksmith, who had worked in the District Attorney’s house, replacing the locks after the couple’s run in with the car jackers, tells the Persian shop owner that he has replaced the locks but the problem is not the locks but the door. He tells off the shop owner to replace the door instead. The shop owner refused to listen to his reasoning and refused to pay for the job done. But when the shop was got broken in and the place was in ruin, the shop owner gets angry and goes after the locksmith who returned to his loving wife and daughter with a gun.
The confrontation between the shop owner and the locksmith is one of the powerful scenes in the movie. The shop owner in the fit of anger shoots the locksmith but get shocked when the locksmith’s young daughter gets in away and took the bullet. The locksmith and his wife cries over the life-less looking daughter whilst the shocked shop owner drops the gun in guilt. We were made to think that the girl is dead but she was not. Even the locksmith got a surprise when he realised that his daughter was still alive and without any wound.
The Persian shop owner realised his mistake but later relived that the bullet that he used turns out to be blank bullets (revealed in the end).
There is a run in with the police officer (played effectively by Matt Dillon) with the television director’s wife. Matt Dillon molest the wife in front of her husband when she refused to stay in the car and keep her mouth shut when the couple was pulled aside by Matt Dillon and his partner (who ends up shooting one of the car jacker) after noted that the car that the couple was driving was of the same model reported stolen earlier (it was the model that the District Attorney was driving before it was car-jacked).
The wife gets angry with her husband who refused to stand up for her when she was molested and their relationship gets even worse thereafter. The wife and Matt Dillon meets up again when the wife gets involved in accident and Matt Dillon ends up rescuing her from her flaming vehicle.
Paul Haggis’ story and easy direction makes flow of the story uninterrupted although it takes some effort to keep in mind the various characters in the movie.
Some of the dialogues are simply brilliant. For example, when the African American police detective is having sex with his female partner and got interrupted by a phone call from his mother, he says:-
Mom, I can’t talk to you right now, okay? I’m having sex with a white woman.
And his partner got upset being labelled “white”, he continues to say:-
Oh, shit. Come on. I would have said you were Mexican, but I don’t think it would have pissed her off as much.
For a movie that was made with a USD6 million budget, done within 36 days and has one the best plots around with many characters, it deserves the Best Picture award.
This is part of an attachment that I got in my inbox today. Probably you have seen it before. It is funny whilst at the same time unbelievable. Someone had a great sense of humour!
There was a note attachment mentioning that it is from the Financial Post (Toronto) dated 23rd February 2001. You may want to enlarge it to see it clearer but this is what is says:-
Former Marijuana Smuggler
Having successfully completed a ten year sentence, incident-free, for importing 75 tons of marijuana into the United States, I am now seeking a legal and legitimate means to support myself and my family
Owned and operated a successful fishing business, multi-vessel, one airplane, one island and processing facility. Simultaneously owned and operated a fleet of tractor-trailer trucks conducting business in the western United States. During this time, I also co-owned and participated in the executive level management of 120 people worldwide in a successful pot smuggling venture with revenues in excess of US$100 million annually. I took responsibility for own actions, and received a ten year sentence in the United States while others walked free for their cooperation
I am an expert in all levels of security; I have extensive computer skills, am personable, outgoing, well-educated, reliable, clean and sober. I have spoken in schools to thousands of kid and parent groups over the past ten years on “the consequence of choice, and received public recognition from the RCMP for community service. I am well-traveled and speak English, French and Spanish. References available from friends, family, the U.S. District Attorney, etc
Looks familiar? Now comes the twist – read here to know the real story behind the above ad? Guess what, it is inspiring too.