Monday, November 19, 2012

Should Home Minister Hishammuddin Hussein Resign?

Sunday Star 18 Nov 2012
Three policemen have been charged in court for allegedly raping an Indonesian woman and forcing her to perform oral sex.

I think this is not the only case involving our men in blue accused of committing rape.

The frightening and reprehensible thing is that the rape for which the three policemen were charged allegedly happened at a place where the public should feel most secure - in a police station!

A few years back, there was the case of a woman detainee being stripped to the bonkers and forced to do knee squats while being secretly captured on film. Following its exposure, there was a huge public outcry that even involved the Chinese government being concerned too because the detainee had allegedly been a Chinese national!

What more dark secrets might there be that remind unexposed?

Home minister Hishammuddin has promised that he would not tolerate errant policemen tarnishing the image of the police force.

But Hishammuddin has to do better than that. He has to assure Malaysians and ensure that police stations are not where you would expect crime to be committed. After all, he is the minister in charge of the police department.

And Hishammuddin should stop blaming the public for having the wrong perception of the crime rate being on the rise.

Malaysians are not convinced that crime rate has fallen, because we see, hear, experience and read of crimes being committed here and there everyday.

We Malaysians don't feel safe and if proof is required, yesterday's (?) report in the Star newspaper that more and more Malaysians are forced to install security cameras, and other security devices, in the homes, is anything to go by.

Hishammuddin Hussein  has been asked to resign and take responsibility over the incident of the three policemen (in fact, he had been asked to resign on many other occasions, over other matters too) but he chose to hit out at his detractors, pointing out that the policemen were already facing the law and his reply

What else can we do? This is our country's system 

sounded as arrogant and as self-serving as that of the minister who had said that he was a rich, powerful, good looking man and a Hollywood celebrity and what could he do

Dear Hishammuddin, what could you do? Have you heard of ministerial responsibility?

Or do you mean to admit that here in Bolehland, there is no such thing as that obscure creature called "ministerial responsibility"?

No wonder hardly any one here ever resigns voluntarily without being forced to.

In some other countries, a minister caught with a similar embarrassing situation, would have voluntarily resigned in shame.

In Nipponland, he would have committed hara kiri . In Kimchiland, he would have jumped from the window.

Now, that may be taking ministerial responsibility a little too far.

You don't have to go to that distance.

But you could do the honorable thing. And Malaysians would be grateful to you.

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