Thursday, November 1, 2007
The Dialogue Box > Let’s pray for swift justice
By Yushaimi Yahaya
THE past three weeks have been bad for the cops, with two policemen fatally gunned down by trigger-happy criminals in Sungai Buloh last Thursday.
They were shot in cold blood.
I can imagine the burning anger, and determination of every policeman to arrest the maniacs who fatally shot two of their ‘brothers’ in a drug bust gone wrong.
The raiding team’s alleged failure to keep to procedures, gives the force something to think about.
The decision to equip the cops with bullet-proof vests, even as an afterthought, should be lauded.
The chiding — again my personal view — is necessary to deter complacency, and possible abuse, despite the view of some quarters of it being in bad taste.
That, however, is a side issue.
What’s urgent is to nab the shooters, and bring them to justice.
There was so much disbelief, when one by one, cops were getting shot.
What chances do we, common citizens, have when even cops are being treated with no respect, the man in the street asks.
The manhunt is on, and with determination our policemen will bring the wrong-doers to book soon.
That will not only do justice to the two policemen who lost their lives, but also pacify the public at large.
Amid all the attention on the Sungai Buloh shoot-out, it bothers me that the limelight seems to have shifted from what was the talk of the town barely a week ago.
Suddenly, it is as if nobody is interested in pursuing the Nurin Jazlin Jazimin case anymore.
Her suffering dad, Jazimin Abdul Jalil, must be wondering too.
Jazimin, who has been known to shoot bitter remarks about the lack of efficiency in tracing his daughter after she went missing, must now be questioning if this case has been shoved aside now that there is a new tragedy hogging the limelight.
Perhaps, he will be benevolent and allow the cops to get the shooters first.
And if the latter is the case, then Jazimin’s still vindicated. There was so much uproar, and tears flowed freely, when details were revealed of how savagely Nurin was treated.
Now there’s hardly a whimper.
I hope Tan Sri Musa Hassan will pay heed. He might or might not realise that he has something in common with Jazimin, for they both lost their ‘children’.
Musa, whom I had met when he was Johor CPO some years ago, seems to be a fair-minded man. I hope he will not let up on Nurin’s case.
That would be a sin.
Our prayers are with the families of lance corporals J. Jaya Balan and M. Alagesan.
And while we’re at it, let’s pray for swift justice as well.
- The Malay Mail