I don't know why I'm surprised. After all, they say there's an idiot born every minute. I guess while I accept that fact, perhaps I don't expect the idiot in question to thrust his sorry self to my face - not once, but twice!!
So of course, I had to look through his site, where I saw him declare confidently, that the "police are doing their job"!! And I thought I had seen it all.
The truth is, Crankymaddog is not unique. There are hundreds of Malaysian Chinese like him, who believe that they "make the best of [their] lives". This paragraph sums up his outlook on life:
We work for our living, we don't cause trouble, avoid crime and make the best of our lives in Malaysia. Not like Indians. Get involved in crime, have massive protests and threaten the government and the police.
You'd think he'd know when to shut up, but evidently not.
I think suspects shouldn't be "dead" after questioning. But I think the police have to be tough against criminals.
You see, the last time I checked, the job of a cop was to go out, collect evidence, take down statements, interrogate the suspect and present all evidence in court to put criminals behind bars.
THAT IS THEIR JOB.
Believe it or not, I don't like having my car stolen, especially since I paid big bucks for it. I want the police to do their job.
But I don't believe that a *suspect* of car theft should ever be tortured to the extent of those injuries. It's not an Indian issue, it's a humanitarian one.
No one deserves that.
I honestly don't believe Crankymaddog means any malice. He's just simple-minded. And like so many other Chinese, he suffers severe shortsightedness as described in this brilliant article that just hits the nail.
One just needs to read the denials in the form of enraged comments to know how true it is. But it's probably written by a Chinese man, because it takes an insider (even if he calls himself Michael Chick) to have that kind of spot-on observations.
Michael Chick somehow bucked the system. The sorry education system that is destined to keep us perpetually short-changing ourselves by making dumb ah-lian remarks like "Bersyukurlah, HINDRAF…Look At The “Slaves” In India…".
Yep. Be thankful, Malaysia, that we are also better than Burma. The less intelligent members of the Chinese community would have applauded with pride, but unfortunately, the attendees of that particular forum were highly educated.
But why do I bring up short-sightedness as the Chinese' greatest weakness? Because they live for the present and genuinely expect that life would never change. People like that almost fascinate me.
Crankymaddog justifies the murder of suspected criminals by police, saying, "what do you think of the victims, the ones that got raped, murdered, and beaten up - do they not deserve mercy? What if they are your kids? your wife, your parents? yourself?"
It's a good question, except Crankmaddog doesn't have enough insight to get to the root of the problem.
Fortunately, Azly Rahman does, as he speaks of justice and compassion for those who are driven to crime.
Solve the plight of Malaysian Indians, politics and rhetorics thrown aside.
Poverty, alienation, marginalization, criminalization, dehumanization, degradation, and oppression of the Malaysian Indians must stop. We cannot continue to Palestinize them.
The problem with minding your own business is that eventually, someone else's business becomes yours when times are bad. When people are driven to crime. In good times, your wealth is yours. In bad times... need I elaborate? Forget about petty criminals, the governments are worse.
But that's the whole big picture. Do you know why Asians flock like a herd of cows to migrate to western countries?
Because they have a system of right and wrong - not necessarily perfect, but they don't allow their governments to dictate terms to them. They stick to their beliefs, and they care about the next person instead of watching out solely for themselves.
They are outraged when their fundamental rights are violated. They riot if the police brutalise their citizens.
Now if we could provoke a better sense of outrage, regardless of race or creed, then we can see this nation going somewhere. Don't start thinking this post is dedicated to bashing Chinese.
There were a bunch of (presumably highly educated ones) folks who, after their New Year reunion dinner, went out to protest police brutality, ISA and Palestine at a candlelight vigil.
Now that's a whole new level of dedication and civic-mindedness which I'd never have expected from Malaysians. That's like ... DAMN!!!
Moments like these are when I'm proud to be Malaysian, even if I'm aware that there are fools who think the police are doing their job.
Related: Of it is not about defending a criminal; it is about rule of law - Maddruid