Sunday, November 27, 2005

Racist police

A Chinese woman (I'm not sure of what nationality) was stripped naked in a police lockup and forced to do ear squats. She was forced to do so in a place where some stranger (yet to be determined) was able to take naked picutres of her. The police officer who did it to her was a Malay woman. Not only a Malay woman but a devout Muslim. She wore a tudung after all and wearing the tudung is optional in Malaysia. Generally those who consider themselves devout Muslims wear the tudung.

Now Deputy Inspector-General of Police Datuk Seri Musa Hassan has said that she has done no wrong.

“It is the perpetrator behind the video clip whom we are after and not the policewoman, who was carrying out a routine check,” said Musa.

There is clearly a racist response here. Would Musa have said the same thing if the ear squat woman had been Malay and the policewoman had been a Chinese woman wearing a big gold cross?

The truth of the matter is that the police persecute those who are not Malay. Look at those on the extra judicial death in custody list. 10% of Malaysians are ethnically Indian yet so many on that list are Indian.

The truth of the matter is that the police are prepared to look the other way when Malay people commit crimes. I invite any blogger reading this to join me at Damansara Uptown on Tuesday 11.30PM. Let's see the illegal Malay stall holders setting up shop as usual while the police less than 200 metres away in their quarters pretend not to know anything. Already one murder has occured in this illegal night market and yet they want to pretend.

If the police cannot be trusted to look after the interest of ALL Malaysians regardless of ethnic heritage then it will lead to situations whereby Malaysians make their own way.

Remember, the Malay person tried to Malay-ise the education system and screwed it up. As a result the Chinese built an education system that rivals and regularly outperforms the government system. Even Malay people send their children to Chinese schools. Now the government wants to co-opt these schools by using a vision school chimeara that is neither here nor there.

Similarly with communal security. If the police can not be trusted anymore to take care of everyone then the day will come when steps will be taken. Unfortunately education is a personal choice affecting only the diameter of one personal space. Policing affects the community around it. If a parallel policing system were to come about it would be extremely traumatic for the nation as a whole. Better that the police look into how a good job can be done now before chaos descends.

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