Consumerist: Custodial Deaths – Public Interest Demand Action not Rhetoric!

Dato Jacob George

Consumerist: Custodial Deaths – Public Interest Demand Action not Rhetoric!

In any civilized country, governed by the rule of law, of statutes and the maxim – ‘innocent until found guilty’ assaulting a suspect or an accused to extract information is punishable under the law and in the light of today’s international laws and norms post 911 – it is universally rejected and frowned upon!

Sadly in the controversial death of Dharmendran and its initial circumstances, it is a fact now that the said pathologist report has confirmed that the injuries sustained by the diseased caused his death and the staples that were stapled to his body, only added to the cruel manner in which the assault and torture were carried.

As such, I cannot but concur with my learned friends that in any civilized jurisdiction those behind this case in point would have been immediately arrested, charged for murder and remanded pending investigations.

Unfortunately there seems to be a debate going on in the public sphere and my dear friend newly minted Home Minister been perceived to show inexplicable and unusual sympathy and sensitiveness towards the perpetrators of these alleged offenses rather than the victim and most importantly public interest?

I am certain educated Malaysians – all 27 million of them, which includes opportunists illegals masquerading as Malaysians are not pointing a finger at the entire Malaysian Police Force!

We have many fine, dedicated and honest officers of the law!

Many among them are my very close friends and they have carried themselves and their office with dignity, decorum and decency!

Like other Malaysians I am concerned about the few ‘bad apples’ who in the first place should never have been admitted in the force but now ‘part and parcel’ of the system, whose continued presence only hurts the image of the force and provides hurdles in clearing an em-battered image, an alleged image – of the police as official henchmen for the ‘underworld and crooked politicians!’

This is of course wrong and sad!

There is a vast difference between disciplining and demoralizing and the sooner we get that sorted out the faster public perception will change for the better!

Any action taken sooner will show our focused moral and professional judgement!

Let us stop patronizing, pampering and indulging in political rhetoric but instead initiate firm action where wrongdoers are punished and made an example of the rather high moral standards set for an officer of the law!

In the meantime, we may need to hire more cyber-troopers to spin as the international media has picked up this story on custodial deaths and it has now gone viral! Pun intended!

I am now ashamed – very ashamed – do not know about you though!

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Consumerist: 7 Key Areas – Selangor Sultan’s Timely Advice To Selangor State Government Officials!

Dato Jacob George

Consumerist: 7 Key Areas – Selangor Sultan’s Timely Advice To Selangor State Government Officials!

It was a timely advice by our beloved Sultan of Selangor, Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah who advised the Selangor state leadership on what I see as 7 key areas of importance!

It is hoped that those elected to public office will bear in mind our beloved sultan’s advice and carry their public office with dignity, decorum and competence!

The 7 key areas as I see them been as follows:

1. Fulfill the pledges made in the recent general election in a fair and equitable manner based on the federal and the Selangor state constitutions.
2. To develop a programme that would give real impact to the state to achieve progress and prosperity.
3. When discharging duties to be guided by the regulations and law that had been drawn up and never breach the law and do anything as one likes and most importantly – to stay away from corrupt practices
4. To understand the needs and requirements of the people and to always give emphasis on solidarity based on the concept of muhibbah between the races.
5. To close to the people and understand their aspirations and needs and to always resolve the problems faced by them.
6. Not to make empty promises to get votes then disappear!
7. Not to make personal gains after having received the mandate from the people!

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Consumerist: Can Anyone Learn A Lesson Or Two From This Fine Example?

Dato Jacob George

Morocco’s much loved and respected King! (above 2 photos)

Consumerist: Can Anyone Learn A Lesson Or Two From This Fine Example?

They did not make international statements in international fora that they are moderate!

They did not say one thing and do another neither did they tolerate racist and vulgar taunts of minorities in the land!

They practiced not an ‘elegant silence’ when racist, fascist individuals uttered seditious utterances and threats!

And why?

They are peace loving, GOD fearing humble devout individuals who practiced what they preached!

That was seen publicly when an official statement was made that all Moroccan synagogues to be renovated!

Morocco Prime Minister Abdelilah Benkirane (above left) represented King Mohammed VI (bottom two left) in an inauguration ceremony marking the completion of a 17th century synagogue restoration project in Fez. In 2011, when a new constitution was adapted, the king said that Jewish places of worship throughout Morocco should be restored, even as the Arab spring roared across North Africa. The newly renovated Slat Alfassiyine synagogue in the heart of one of the world’s oldest medieval cities, the country’s cultural and spiritual nucleus, symbolizes how seriously he took that mandate.

With Hamid Chabat, Mayor of Fez and Secretary General of Istiqlal Party, speaking on the King’s behalf, Prime Minister Abdelilah Benkirane said that the synagogue’s restoration bore ”eloquent testimony to the spiritual wealth and diversity of the Kingdom of Morocco and its heritage.”“The secular traditions of Moroccan civilization drew their essence from the fact that Moroccans are deeply ingrained with the values of coexistence, tolerance and harmony between the different components of the nation,” the king said, Naharnet reports.

At one time, scores of Jewish communities were scattered throughout North Africa before the 1948 Arab-Israeli war, when a veritable exodus of Jews living in any Arab/Muslim countries occurred. Whereas 10,000 Jews called Fez home in early 1900, there are now thought to be only 3,000 Jews living in the entire country.

Small clusters of moderate or secular Jews can be found in Fez, Casablanca, Marrakech and Essaouira. And they are protected from persecution by law. Rather than shun Jews, according to various sources, the King acknowledged that Judaism plays a crucial role in the country’s national identity.

The ceremony to honor the restored synagogue, which project received $215,000 from Germany, was held in the Medina amid a warren of narrow alleyways and merchants who have long sold their wares in what has been a UNESCO world heritage site since 1981.

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Consumerist: Another Worm Attacks Malaysiakini With Baseless Allegations!

Dato Jacob George

‘It is to be expected that worms from time to time do crawl out of cadavers and so it seems here we have another.’ – Dr Jacob George

Consumerist: Another Worm Attacks Malaysiakini With Baseless Allegations!

It is to be expected that worms from time to time do crawl out of cadavers and so it seems here we have another.

Malaysiakini, the lead news portal is again under attack alleged to carry news that are lop-sided in its reporting that could adversely affect the political situation in the country.

Someone’s intelligence or lack of is running rather wild!
It is strange that the worm that claims the above is silent about all the other news media in the land who have truly a track record of doing what he alleges are the ‘sins of Malaysiakini’ but he has fallen short of addressing those!

Again when one speaks in a forked tongue, suffer from comatose spells and have selective prosecution tendencies it is best to ignore these worms!

At best – one can echo what a ardent reader stated when he said the following:

‘you are still in the suckling stage, enjoy your milk and grow up, before commenting on adults…kids should be seen and not heard..Go sit in the corner ..and enjoy your bottle feed!
Anyway someone. Has overfed you.’

On a serious note – I am certain that the majority of intelligent Malaysians appreciate the work of Malaysiakini!

They are aware that Malaysiakini has a noble task to do for it is one of the democratic instruments used by the people to monitor the performance of not just the government of the day, of agencies, the civil society and of issues of public and consumer policies!

I know that they have done and are doing their best despite the restrictions and challenges therein and for this I give them banquets of thanks not brickbats!

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The brickbats – I reserve for several mainstream media groups owned by political parties who are a disgrace to journalism, ethics, fair play, dignity and honour!

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Consumerist: Mickey Mouse Boycotts & Political Swashbuckling For Senatorships?

Dato Jacob George

‘And finally when you realize it is not working just shut the **** up and move on pretending the boycott never existed and that was a figment of someone’s imagination.’ – Dr Jacob George

Consumerist: Mickey Mouse Boycotts & Political Swashbuckling For Senatorships?

Many wanted to be nominated for seats at the last GE13 but it did not materialize.

Bad for these ‘fellas’ who played up through the media creating an impression they were the one to lead?

Now the rumor is there is an attempt to galvanize lobbying for senate seats and if this is all but not all confusing in the wake of petitions challenging the authenticity of certain section of the election process and results, we have groups making statements that test the reasonable man’s intelligence, dignity and decorum!

And among them – boycotts!

So let us talk about boycotts!

IF you have been a consumer advocate as long as I have been – 37 years now and counting you will know the following.

Boycotts has never worked in Malaysia and the only time it did was when we ran the boycott then on Indah Water Consortium in the early 90s!

But in today’s political renaissance and awakening with over 52% of the population dissenting and angry, any boycott politically motivated will fail, threaten the Malaysian economy more when the latter (52%) decides to target companies providing goods and services ‘branded’ as of the establishment what happens – will they be threatened with their citizenship been revoked by groups and political shenanigans playing the mantra today?

So if you want to boycott go ahead! But do not fret and scream when the tables are turned on you and cry – ‘unfair!’, ‘conspiracy!’, and other superlatives?

Tomorrow another perhaps the 52% who are upset and angry will call for a boycott of companies closely knit to the ruling government!

Then what?

Back track, blame the press for misquoting, blame a Jewish conspiracy to destabilize the nation, or why not claim Uncle George Soros had a hand in this all?

And why do we get into this mess so often?

And what is the plan and the back-up if it fails as it has now?

Oh! Never mind!

We are a democracy!

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My two cents worth!

For those who want to still run a boycott or market campaign – Keep your statements simple, clear and precise!

Secondly focus on the campaign not target your alleged opponents or phantoms in the dark.

And finally when you realize it is not working just shut the **** up and move on pretending the boycott never existed and never called for – that was a figment of someone’s imagination.

You have been advised!

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