Yes, minister, you are wrong!

By Dr Hsu Dar Ren
July 14, 2011 | The Malaysian Insider

JULY 14 — Article 18, Part II of the Fourth Geneva Convention (August 12, 1949) states clearly that:

“Civilian hospitals organised to give care to the wounded and sick, the infirm and maternity cases, may in no circumstances be the object of attack but shall at all times be respected and protected by the Parties to the conflict.”

Hospitals are sanctuaries that should be respected and avoided by all warring sides. One of the reasons is that the injured and wounded are unable to defend themselves, and any honourable being will never attack or fight with anyone who is disabled or ill. The patients are also unable to run or seek shelter elsewhere.

There are many videos and photos showing that during the rally on July 9, Tung Shin Hospital, or more specifically the compound of Tung Shin Hospital, was hit by water cannons and tear gas .

It is understandable that in the heat of flexing their muscles against unarmed civilians, some policemen might have forgotten that hospitals are sanctuaries. I suspect some may not even have heard of the Geneva Convention, given the state of our education system. So it was actually understandable that some might have been so caught up that they fired gas canisters and water cannons into the hospital compound.

After all, humans are fallible, we are not God. But when a person has erred, he must be prepared to learn from his mistakes and apologise for his error, and accept any punishment for making the error if it is serious enough to warrant such punishment.

The correct response from the powers-that-be, including the “honourable” home and health ministers, should be the acknowledgement of such attacks in the presence of irrefutable evidence and issuing a sincere apology to the patients, staff and management of the hospital, and a promise that such nonsense would never happen again.

Instead, we have seen the bungling act again. In reacting instead of responding, their first act was that of a denial. When evidence shows otherwise, one of the Honourables even stated that he was merely conveying what he was told by the hospital board, who must be so intimidated or outdated that even their own doctors have come forward to refute their claims.

The statement by the 11 brave doctors working in Tung Shin Hospital clearly shows that what were captured in pictures and videos did happen. These are professionals who have nothing to gain by coming out with such a statement. They are the neutral ones who speak so that the truth can be seen and heard.

In light of all this evidence, perhaps an apology by the PM should be tendered. In many other democracies, this sort of bungling would have led to the voluntary resignations of the ministers involved. Resigning not because anyone had knowingly ordered the attacks (I don’ t believe any one in their right minds would do that), but rather as a sign of taking responsibility.

This is what responsible government is all about.

  1. #1 by dagen on Thursday, 14 July 2011 - 4:25 pm

    Oh boy. Must I do this again?

    ///“Civilian hospitals organised to give care to the wounded and sick, the infirm and maternity cases, may in no circumstances be the object of attack but shall at all times be respected and protected by the Parties to the conflict.”///

    This article means umno is GOD and as GOD umno can do what it wishes with complete and absolute impunity. Read it very very carefully and repeatedly, if necessary. And this meaning will then emerge.

  2. #2 by pulau_sibu on Thursday, 14 July 2011 - 5:43 pm

    how can you talk about Geneva convention to mubarak, gahdaffi or najib? they are never educated up to that level. they will get rid of the peaceful people AT ANY COST

  3. #3 by Bunch of Suckers on Thursday, 14 July 2011 - 6:02 pm

    Dr Hsu Dar Ren, those suckers do not know LAWS. They have their own laws… Worse off, they make their own laws on the runs without any approvals of the national law machinery, Parliament, via debates!

    In Bolehland, they are the king and god as such everything Boleh under their Laws and governing! They banned black color for TBH, orange for Hindraf and yellow for Bersih… What is the next color to be banned?

    They are damn good in sucking rakyat hard-earned $$$…

  4. #4 by dcasey on Thursday, 14 July 2011 - 6:12 pm

    All things said and done with regards to this hospital fiasco and that of the respective minister’s comments and denials, Simon Tisdall of the Guardian (a UK newpaper) already referred to and called Najib’s government as “gormless”. For those who don’t know the meaning of gormless, please have fun looking it up.

    There you have it, doesn’t matter whether the govt, Najib and/or ministers admit to the intrusion or not nor even if they apologise or not….it is the public PERCEPTION of the govt’s action or inaction (denials)….and this time it is the international community who will judge them.

  5. #5 by monsterball on Thursday, 14 July 2011 - 10:50 pm

    I am glad Lim Kit Siang paste Dr.Hsu’s comment in his blog.
    Dr. Hsu held important posts in Gerakan….and he gave up all to be free…to fight FREEDOM for Malaysians and country in his own ways.
    His writings are down to earth and exciting to read and comment.

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