We need our police to be human again

— May Chee
The Malaysian Insider
Jun 13, 2013

JUNE 13 — Ours is supposed to be the time of humanism, yet many have died in custody. Some went for supper, their last. They never made it home. God must have cried an ocean when He saw the police stapling Dharmendran’s ears. How could one creation of His torture another, just as precious in His eyes?

Would anyone dare to surrender himself to the police now, for whatever reason? Would anyone dare to walk into a police station now, for whatever reason? I’d think twice!

It isn’t bad enough that we cannot trust them to arrest the alarming crime rate in the nation. Precious lives are now lost in their hands. That, too, after being tortured! How can this be? What kind of people are being enlisted into the PDRM? What does it take to be a policeman, here in Malaysia?

Pope John Paul ll once said, “We recognize that in the creative restlessness of every man, there beats and pulsates what is deeply human – the search for truth, the insatiable need for the good, hunger for freedom, nostalgia for the beautiful and the voice of conscience.” And it’s because of this, one man cannot force himself on another, take away from the other or to enslave another human being.

Society is made up of a group of individuals who share something in common.

That “something” may be made up of such things as land, possessions, colour, religion, or anything at all. The important thing is that each person within that group recognizes the right of his neighbour to a share of what they hold in common.

This is the 21st century; we cannot have entire groups of human persons violated and denied by clear injustice of civil laws and the right to integrity. Humanity of this age tells us we must rightly acknowledge the greatness and misery of individuals; manifest, sustain and foster the total dignity of the human person.

Do our police not know that the very next person, under whatever and however the circumstances they meet, possess an equal dignity?

Yet, when merely a suspect or in some cases just a witness, once brought into custody or for questioning, this man can be subjected to degrading and humiliating forms of treatment that reduces him to a “non-person”. With some, this culminates in death. And we worry about perception and morale? What about a human life? Is it not more precious by far?

Our police must learn that the dignity of the person constitutes the foundation of equality of all people among themselves.

That a man or a woman, is person, a conscious and free being and precisely for this reason, the centre and summit of all that exists on earth. It is this dignity that demands everyone to treat another the way he wants to be treated, not merely tolerated or even respected but to be revered as life is to be revered.

Our police has to be in solidarity with their people, with a firm and persevering determination to commit themselves to the common good – the good of all Malaysians. I, for one, long for the day when I can feel safe once more, walking around in the city.

When I have a problem, who do I call? Can I call PDRM?

Can I walk into a police station and come out alive? Or is it a point of no return?

Honestly, PDRM, I wished it wasn’t so. I believe there are good cops out there but who’s to know our luck which type we would meet. Please, all these unnecessary loss of lives and property, including the sense of insecurity we live with everyday, is a result of sheer irresponsibility and incompetence on your part.

My dear PDRM, you really need to arrest this decline. It’s hardly funny when a life is lost, even if he is suspected to have committed a crime. He has a right to a fair trial. If he were your son or husband, you would want justice, too. You would want the truth, too.

Not to be tortured and have your ears stapled! How does a man, once he dons a uniform of authority, become an animal? A murderer?

Yet, only in Malaysia can we have authorities still unconvinced we need the IPCMC, mooted way back in 2005. How many more must fall victims to crimes? How many more must die in custody? Apa lagi kau mahu, BN? Your own flesh and blood to die in custody?

Take my word, you cannot afford to wait till then. You are human, too.

  1. #1 by yhsiew on Friday, 14 June 2013 - 7:14 am

    Instead of reducing crime, they created more crime!!!

  2. #2 by Bunch of Suckers on Friday, 14 June 2013 - 8:29 am

    They are human; but they are suckers’ suckers!!!!

  3. #3 by lee tai king (previously dagen) on Friday, 14 June 2013 - 8:29 am

    Dear May Chee, just what do you think you are talking about.

    Umno is tuan. Umno is supreme.

    Umno is the GOD of all gods and the Grand Master of the Universe.

    Dont forget that!

    All hail umno.

    All hail umno.

    • #4 by cemerlang on Friday, 14 June 2013 - 2:18 pm

      OCD. With social media, you can just about create anything and everything. Job 1:21

  4. #5 by lee tai king (previously dagen) on Friday, 14 June 2013 - 11:22 am

    Oh yes, they are human alright. But in form only. In form only. Actually they have mud for brains.

  5. #6 by Bigjoe on Friday, 14 June 2013 - 11:25 am

    How to act human when Mahathir says they have to follow the orders of the COLLOSSALLY IDIOTIC like himself and crack down on the opposition?

  6. #7 by Di Shi Jiu on Friday, 14 June 2013 - 12:04 pm

    The sad thing is that we DO have good people in PDRM who are being demonised by the actions of their itinerant colleagues.

    I suppose, over time, the self-fulfillment prophecy takes over and even a bright-eyed bushy tail young police cadet who started off wanting to do good things for the community becomes a bitter angry policeman.

    The fact that we have PDRM leadership, which is beholden to political masters, makes it difficult for young recruits to reconcile the notions of justice that the enthusiasm of youth bring to the job.

    Our PDRM needs a strong leader who is just and fair.

    That leader must have an understanding of the separation of powers between the different arms of the government.

    That leader must be exemplary publicly and privately.

    That leader must be an effective communicator to his men and to the rakyat.

    Without the above key qualities, we will continue to see a PDRM wracked by rogue elements, not respected by the rakyat and indeed, not respected by their peers in other countries.

  7. #8 by sheriff singh on Friday, 14 June 2013 - 5:01 pm

    They are inhuman now ?

  8. #9 by Taxidriver on Friday, 14 June 2013 - 11:37 pm

    I am beginning to wonder if our cops are selected from among the mat rempits. Many of them can’t even write proper Bahasa Malaysia.

  9. #10 by Taxidriver on Friday, 14 June 2013 - 11:37 pm

    I am beginning to wonder if our cops are selected from among the mat rempits. Many of them can’t even write proper Bahasa Malaysia.

  10. #11 by PoliticoKat on Saturday, 15 June 2013 - 9:49 am

    We need our cops to do their jobs.

    “Bersih, Cekap dan Amanah” rather than the new moto of “Mesra, Cepat dan Betul”

  11. #12 by Bamboo on Saturday, 15 June 2013 - 5:23 pm

    Police has been turned into an extension of Umno to rule Malaysia. Thus the reluctance in having IPCMC and make those who murdered detainees accountable for their acts.
    Umno bears a bigger responsibity for deaths in custody, as Umno has the means to stop this but doesn’t do it.

  12. #13 by good coolie on Saturday, 15 June 2013 - 11:28 pm

    So we want to be a developed country! Then be like the Western countries where the police are kept on a leash so as to protect the public. We must learn from the West in this regard. Please forgive me if I have committed sacrilege by saying this. Let me add that we have to learn from our colonial master a thing or two regarding institutions that could ensure police adherence to rules and procedures. If we have the police of the Banana Republics of old, forget about being a developed country.

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