IN MALAYSIA – ‘SORRY’ – A DIFFICULT WORD?


Dr Jacob George is president and legal adviser to the Consumers Association of Subang and Shah Alam (Cassa)

‘It was an opportunity to defuse ‘heightened anger and public shock’ at yet another needless loss of life!

Residents of Selangor have yet to regain their composure after the controversial deaths of Kugan and Teoh!

Then comes, this young lad Aminulrasyid Amzah whose young life was taken!
In these tragic incidents and deaths, we are truly 1MALAYSIA!’ – Dr Jacob George

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IN MALAYSIA – ‘SORRY’ – A DIFFICULT WORD?

Millions are spent to try to win over ‘hearts and minds’ of voters!

Millions are spent to show we are a ‘mesra raayat nation!’

Every day politicians and mainstream media quoting them fall over each other with mainstream bloggers and cyber troopers doing the same!

But in one single stroke my friends in blue when given the golden opportunity to apologize to the family of shooting victim Aminulrasyid Amzah, who was shot dead after a high-speed car chase in Shah Alam on April 26 refused to do so!

It was an opportunity to defuse heightened anger and public shock at yet another needless loss of life!

Selangor has yet to regain its composure after the controversial deaths of Kugan and Teoh!

Then comes this young lad whose life just was taken!

In these incidents and death we are truly 1MALAYSIA!

Since then many comments were made and some ingenious legal intelligentsia even claiming that apologizing is tantamount to accepting liability!

As one learned in the Law, I find this extremely stupid and distressing!

They have claimed possible ‘legal complications’ with the ongoing case of a police corporal who was charged with culpable homicide for the shooting of the teenager!

But a child whose life was taken in the most brutal manner was also called ‘a criminal!’

Was he? And by the same vulgar argument and proposition – the deceased companion, a child of another police officer in the state of Selangor?

Is it so difficult to apologize for at least labeling the lad in such derogatory terms?

Does not by implication also mean the other young lad with him who is a police officer’s son also a ‘criminal’ by the same vulgar notion which has yet to be proven!

As far as I am concerned not just as the nation’s lead consumer advocate, a political and public policy analyst but as a father of two teenage children and a former member of the PIBG of the school young Aminulrasyid Amzah studied – I feel extremely sorry and saddened!

I will not be surprised or shocked if in the next few days my Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak and dear friend, the Home Minister Hishammuddin Tun Hussein Onn (above left) apologizes to the mourning family from Shah Alam and to the shocked and angry Malaysian demography!

This apology coming from these two leaders who are also parents of young children and two political leaders who truly care and are equally shattered at the present tragedy!

I am deeply sad and sorry and extent my sincere condolences to the mourning family!

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