Sunday, 16 December 2007

What Are Their Priorities?

The sorry state of affairs in Malaysia makes me incensed.

We had so much potential to be a really great nation. With our diversity and our capabilities, I'd have thought there were no barriers to what we could do.

But I was wrong. We are brought down by our own, if you can call UMNO and Barisan Nasional that.

They are selfish, parochial and sanctimonious individuals bent on hoarding the spoils for themselves and not sharing it with the nation.

They fear any criticism (because of their incompetence) and even any hint of opposition against themselves. They have no qualms about using public resources to their best interests, and not the interests of the citizens who are contributing (by tax) to their very existence in the first place.

The government has been wastefully deploying all its police to start scuffles with protestors who were marching ever so peacefully - until the police intervened.

Were those even issues to begin with? Because I assure you, we have REAL issues!!

For instance, has justice been brought for poor little Nurin Jazlin who was so brutally raped and murdered? When the case was hot and current, everyone talked about it and vowed to bring her killer to justice.

Were those empty promises? Posturing for the media and the citizens?

Shouldn't the police force then be putting all their efforts into finding the killer rather than breaking up peaceful protests and arresting prominent lawyers and activists who wouldn't even harm a fly?

And while I'm on the topic of lawyers, why is the A-G Abdul Ghani Patail personally prosecuting members of HINDRAF who have not been caught or even photographed holding any weapons, when he completely ignored the Altantuya Shaaribuu case where C4 explosives were used?

If the leaders and members of HINDRAF are terrorists, what do you call those who use C4 explosives to vapourise evidence which, inconveniently carries in her belly, DNA evidence of a sordid affair?

National security? Stability? For the love of God, there are people using C4 explosives for personal purposes! There's nothing than makes me feel more insecure than people running about with contraband items, how about you?

Just because Altantuya was a foreigner (and perhaps a naughty little one at that), should we ignore her right for justice? She was somebody's daughter, somebody's mother, and I'm sure there is at least one person who loves her and misses her very much.

And she was a human being who had every right AS MUCH AS YOU AND ME to be walking on the earth freely, without having to fear intimidation, much less death.

Does the government have its priorities right? Does the A-G have his priorities right? Do the police have their priorities right?

No. But they all dance to the same tune.

Because it is silencing the true voice of the people that keeps them in power.

And their interests are not in bringing justice to those who have done wrong, but abusing the law and invoking the draconian and inhumane ISA to shut out the righteous where they have no voice.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

A video that was recorded by a security camera and subsequently made available to the public showed how a person arrived on a motor bike and then placed the bag with Nurin's body in the entrance area of the shop lot in PJ where it was found on the next day.

Before leaving the scene, the person made a phone call on a mobile phone.

Since the video had a time stamp, the exact time of the call was known. Similarly, the exact location, i.e. the "cell", from where the call originated was known.

Technically, mobile phones automatically register and deregister with operator equipment as they are being moved through different cells (which is why we sometimes experience dropped calls when we use the mobile phone in a car and the "handshake" in a new cell we are entering does not properly work).

Mobile phone operators do therefore have sufficient information to determine which of their customers (or more precisely, which of their customers' mobile phones) are in which cell at any given time. This information and the related ability to trace peoples' movements by mapping the registration/deregistration of specific handphones through different cells has in the past few years been successfully used by law enforcement authorities to nab criminals in various other countries (amongst others in Singapore where a group of criminals robbed and killed a money changer and then continued to use the victim's mobile phone).

Similarly, even though this may have required a bit more effort, mobile phone operators would have been able to identify from their usage databases and records which mobile number was used to make a specific call originating from a specific cell at a specific time, particularly if such call was made during off-peak hours at around 2 am in the morning.

Therefore, what the police should have done in Nurin's case was to immediately seek the full cooperation of the 3 mobile phone operators in Malaysia (Celcom, Maxis and DiGi) and to secure the device registration/usage records for the time slot and cell in question. Instead precious time was wasted trying to improve the quality of the video with the help of the FBI in the hope to eventually identify the face of the person in the video and some number plates of vehicles that were caught by the security camera as they were passing by.

As it transpired, by the time that the police finally tried to obtain the necessary usage data from the mobile phone operators it had already been deleted or overwritten with newer data.

With that, the probably most promising lead to nab the killer of Nurin Jazlin has been irreversibly lost. We may therefore have to wait patiently for the day that the hideous crime on this little innocent girl is being resolved, maybe forever and for vain.