SO WHAT IS THE LATEST ON THE NO MORE CABOTAGE FOR SABAH & SARAWAK STATEMENT OF 2017 ASKS MALAYSIA ASEAN APEC LEAD HUMAN RIGHTS & CONSUMERIST DR JACOB GEORGE.

“Could you just imagine how speedily and with reduced costs it would be for vessels from say Taiwan, China, Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea and other emerging markets to go direct to Sarawak, Labuan and Sabah.”

SO WHAT IS THE LATEST ON THE NO MORE CABOTAGE FOR SABAH & SARAWAK STATEMENT OF 2017 ASKS MALAYSIA ASEAN APEC LEAD HUMAN RIGHTS & CONSUMERIST DR JACOB GEORGE.

When it was announced I stated quite clearly over various talk shows on the mainstream media that the announcement was both timely and just the right tonic!

I am certain that the demography in Sabah, Sarawak and the Federal Territory of Labuan would have been just delighted.

But since the announcement and the tsunami of May 9th 2018 what is he progress report if any?

When it made the headlines that were brilliant news as it was one of the premier issues that we have been addressing with our counterparts in Sabah and Sarawak to address the escalation of cost of living and services.

If the promise had been carried out it would have help reduce logistics and transportation costs, and lower the cost of doing business in Sabah and Sarawak, which would in turn bring down the cost of living.

But the pertinent question is has it or was it implemented?

Could you just imagine how speedily and with reduced costs it would be for vessels from say Taiwan, China, Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea and other emerging markets to go direct to Sarawak, Labuan and Sabah.

The consumerist in me says that to be effective the announcement must mean that all foreign ships must be able to bring cargo directly to ports in the Borneo regions, thereby allowing people there to access goods from international markets without having them brought via peninsula Malaysia as is the practice now.

To me this is like it was during the occupation or as a colony of our political masters pre-independence.
If addressed and driven in a comprehensive and professional manner I am certain it will help reduce the costs of products imported into the region.

The impact of the negatively infamous cabotage policy is that only vessels registered in Malaysia are allowed to load and unload cargo in the ports of Malaysia.

I am certain it was politically engineered so that Port Klang could be the container hub port in Malaysia.

This is despite facts staring at our faces that this policy results in the pushing up the cost of freight charges because of the creation of a conduit.

Inexplicably, it is the same with present various procurement which pushes up the price between 30 to 50 percent in monitored conditions and in others, it is criminally unacceptable which also acts as a breeding ground for corruption.

A direct negotiation between the state and international parties should be the way to go forward.

Of course, that will be killing off the corrupt, the cronies, the gravy train which feeds political greed and obesity in many tiers and forms.

Several issues need to be addressed

However, again the consumerist and public policy analyst in me asks for the policy to take effect and be effective several issues need to be addressed.

Now what are the mechanisms that need to be implemented for this wave to take root and bring holistic change to Sabah, Sarawak and Labuan?

First, is there a high-powered task force already in place to fast-track this initiative?

I am certain that there are indeed major and minor legislation that either has to be scrapped, bypassed or introduced to again fast track this initiative if it is still being considered and not dead on announcement?

Off the cuff, there will be others, but I can think that we may need to address the provisions of Section 65 of the Marine Ordinance Act which seriously fans out that any foreign vessels wishing to engage with local shipping or handle cargo must have a domestic license approved and issued by the Transport Ministry.

So has there been an announcement to the effect that Section 65 is now redundant or superseded by another that opens the floodgates to allow foreign vessels to come in to Sabah, Sarawak and Labuan?

This is not all.

For the vessels to come in we need to address that massive upgrading and deepening of the ports at Sabah, Sarawak and Labuan be fast-tracked and allocations be sent to address this, like we have to upgrade ports in peninsula Malaysia.

One final word!

We must also take cognizance that the removal of cabotage policy will not do much to reduce costs of goods in Sabah and Sarawak, if, this important and timely announcement is not accompanied by a series of proactive moves among them, to pump in monies to start a major industrialization programs and activities in these states.

We must make certain that there is two-way traffic of goods coming in and coming out from these states.
It would be absolutely foolish, actually stupid, if vessels going in come out empty.

We need to seriously look at present transport and delivery infrastructure and logistic needs and not fear to pump the financial resources to upgrade them.

This is pertinent for the movement and delivery of consumer goods and services and to open up the states for more comprehensive economic activity.

Yes, certainly what is needed is just not the announcement but a comprehensive policy and development initiative tailored according to each state’s strengths, weaknesses, interest, and needs.

Failing which, I fear third parties may spin and defame a noble effort which if still not implemented need fast track implementation and I pray the new man at the Transport Ministry and my dear friends in super power positions there as well will advise the Minister to revisit this statement so that we can go forward and this may be another great accomplishment of the new government and tenants at Putrajaya.

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‘But this is all hollow, if there are other high powered and established sexual predators, pedophiles, closet pedophiles, homosexuals lose, on the political ladder, shielded and protected by double standards, partisan support and disgusting behavior!’

MORE DRACONIAN STRUCTURAL CHANGES NEEDED TO ADDRESS SEXUAL MISCONDUCT SAYS MALAYSIA ASEAN APEC LEAD HUMAN RIGHTS LAWYER & CONSUMERIST DR JACOB GEORGE! (Part 2 – High Society Players)

In the US a political game is being orchestrated and played over a Supreme Court Nominee while earlier allegations against the top man in that country still goes unanswered in the alleged “land of the free?”

But stars that have fallen recently, include my idol of the 60’s series – ‘I Spy!’

Yes, Bill Cosby was led off to prison in handcuffs today sentenced to three to 10 years behind bars for drugging and sexually assaulting a woman.

The punishment made him the first celebrity of the #MeToo era to be sent to prison and all but completed the dizzying, late-in-life fall from grace for the comedian, former TV star and breaker of racial barriers.

Bill Cosby showed little emotion and no remorse during his sentencing.

At this defining moment in his life, there were no family members or former cast mates with him for moral support.

There are reports that the court was filled, though, with several of his accusers who sat in the rows behind Andrea Constand.

That Model Janice Dickenson clapped her hands in anticipation and joy, others quietly held hands.

Their relief was evident when his sentence was finally read out.

This was a moment they never thought possible.

And they had front seats to witness it.

I was not taken aback by the learned judge’s remarks as he stated:

“It is time for justice.

Mr Cosby, this has all circled back to you.
The time has come!”

Inexplicably I was surprised that Judge Steven O’Neill quoted from victim Andrea Constand’s own statement to the court, in which she said Cosby took her “beautiful, young spirit and crushed it”.

I was not surprised that Cosby, 81, declined the opportunity to speak before the sentence came down, and afterwards sat smiling, laughing and chatting with his defense team.

Like all of us defense lawyers – Cosby’s lawyers had asked that he be allowed to remain free on bail while he appeals against his conviction, but the judge appeared incredulous and ordered him locked up immediately, saying that “he could quite possibly be a danger to the community”.

Not surprised Bill removed his watch, tie and jacket and walked out in a white dress shirt, his hands cuffed in front of him.

But this is all hollow if there are other high powered and established sexual predators, pedophiles, closet pedophiles, homosexuals lose, on the political ladder, shielded and protected by double standards, partisan support and disgusting behavior!

MANPOWER – ITS BUSINESS AS USUAL WITH THE RETURN OF THE RASCALS – SAYS MALAYSIA ASEAN APEC LEAD CONSUMERIST & HUMAN RIGHTS ADVOCATE DR JACOB GEORGE!

‘My call to the Malaysian government is freeze all manpower approvals for a year!
Use the year to re-look at the end to end process and using Singapore as an example!’

MANPOWER – ITS BUSINESS AS USUAL WITH THE RETURN OF THE RASCALS – SAYS MALAYSIA ASEAN APEC LEAD CONSUMERIST & HUMAN RIGHTS ADVOCATE DR JACOB GEORGE!

One country’s politicians are masquerading as if they are the beacons of self-righteousness, as they cried ‘wolf’ stating that they are boycotting Malaysia as an outpost for their workers!

The new man in that hot seat got carried away played into the hands of these shenanigans!

If anyone is an authority on the entire process and politics of foreign workers engagement, it is me!

I was the architect who facilitated not one but several accreditation processes with both the top brass of the Ministry of Home Affairs, Human Resources and the short lived Internal Security Ministry!

The government has changed but the senior civil servants are still there go check and validate!

I am aware of the currents both above the ground and below, the politics played, the symbiotic relationship between politicians, manpower agents, manpower associations and double faced players and stakeholders not just in the resource countries but in Malaysia!

First of all Manpower is super big business venture!

Everyone has a finger in this product read foreign worker – from manpower agents, runners, their conduits within the system, politicians, and Human resources departments, directors of companies applying for approvals – that is super shocking!

Even owners of these factories are alleged to be asking for kickbacks in the form of levy payments from agents, prostitutes when they visit the country for interviews, 5 star hotels and grandiose treatment!

Everyone though they deny get a cut and to catch them is super difficult!

It is like the procurement department of a MNC though they have all the guidelines, their own internal investigators, “Mata-Mata”, their impotent legal department stationed in numerous countries and trying to act smart when they are actually super stupid!

Deals are still made from transportation, purchases, construction, hostel rentals, to renovations!
Many of these MNCs have an internal ‘mafia’ all part the deal!

Now back to the main issue – first we must understand that there is no such thing as a “Gurkha Security Guards” anymore for what you have now are boys and farmers who use fake credentials masquerading as the former!

There are also two contracts signed and that is an open secret as all stakeholders have a hand in it!

The same with general workers as each and every players and conduit in the manpower process from the interior to the time they get to fly gets their hands greased!

I ran a tight ‘free Visa Free Ticket – G2G Outfit’ but even there below the radar there was activity as even the workers worked hand in hand with their managers so that they can get employment in a distant land betraying the trust we put in them!

These workers sing all kinds of tunes upholding the virtues of accountability but after six months arrival when audits are held by third parties, they will change their mantra and play victim claiming they paid their handlers hoping to make quick returns because the MNC with their entire bourgeoisie CSER propaganda afraid of the media then fall victim to these shenanigans and others and victimize honest individuals who captained the process!

The only fault if any is that the captains were following the instructions of both government’s protocols and condition to be awarded an approval when in some cases even the MNC concerned were blacklisted!

Many directives spoken but not written!

The problem is when MNCs or companies are in dire need they give you all the support and after you have delivered they screw you giving in to their internal politics or worst if you happened to be a victim of a conspiracy as the shenanigans within and their collaborators outside find you a stumbling block!

They throw you to the wolves to be torn up!

And hand over the process to survivors and conduits who actually are the black sheep of the process!

My call to the Malaysian government is freeze all manpower approvals for a year!

Use the year to re-look at the end to end process and using Singapore as an example!

Singapore has a perfect zero tolerance for corruption in the system and there are strict guidelines accordingly!

They give you what you request once you justify the need but the moment you screw up they come super hard on you!

They like Malaysia do not have little Napoleons and their conduits hiding in the sheets and demanding kick-backs end to end!

They do not have agents from resource countries operating illegally enticing decision makers with kickbacks for facilitation of approvals.

Look at the number of Bangladeshi conduits in Malaysia working behind the scenes and sometime upfront?

It is sad that systems that were put in to check on illegalities in passport’s and other travel documents, medical examination, bio-metrics have been compromised today without first conducting an independent valuation rather than listening to a fabricated and cooked media outrage and trial by media!

I am now told after all the ‘song and dance” of change – the rascals and conduits and their players are all back and certainly as this is a multi- million ringgit operation!

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‘In short I ask how churches can create a church culture of accountability, transparency, good governance and victim care.

My answer, please look out for people, not institutions!’

MORE DRACONIAN STRUCTURAL CHANGES NEEDED TO ADDRESS SEXUAL MISCONDUCT WITHIN THE CHURCH SAYS MALAYSIA ASEAN/APEC LEAD HUMAN RIGHTS & CONSUMERIST DR JACOB GEORGE! (Part 1 – The Church)

I have always held to my audience that if there is one good thing about the Bill Cosby rape and drug allegations, it is that more Americans and the world may now realize how common it is for a woman to be raped or assaulted sexually.

And this is supported by statistics there.

The statistics tell a disturbing story that 1 out of 6 women in America has been the target of a rapist.

Between the ages of 16 and 19, females are four times more likely to be raped, have a rape attempted, or be assaulted sexually than anyone else.

Of girls who are in grades 5-8, 7 percent said they had been sexually abused.

Shockingly that percentage my friends jump up to 12 percent for high school females.
In Malaysia and in other ASEAN jurisdictions, I have always held the belief that for every rape that is exposed more than 20 go unreported!

But we all know from real life situations that statistics alone will not convince many people because they do not have faces or voices.

But in this case that has rocked my image of a model of the 60’s the steady stream of Cosby accusers, with their eerily similar stories about being groomed and plied with pills by the comedian and then subjected to unwanted sexual advances or worse, resonated with many Americans.

Of course the reality is many others in the USA are not convinced and thee are now surrogates who have denied the accusations on his behalf?

So let us address rape!

As far as I am concerned the truth is the biggest culprits of all unsavory things physical, sexual and criminal breach of trust are masquerading as ‘men of the cloth!’

So I am not surprised been told by my friends in NGO circles about a certain Bishop accused of raping a nun, and now according to reports written to Pope Francis in a letter dated September 16 requesting for permission to step down temporarily as the head of a certain the Diocese!

This is after Police asked him to appear before an investigating team.

The police decided to summon the bishop amid mounting pressure to initiate action against him, after a nun accused the bishop of sexually assaulting her repeatedly between 2014 and 2016.

She has also sought immediate intervention of the Vatican for justice and demanded the bishop’s removal.

Like all victims of high powered and political rape – this nun too has questioned why the church was “closing its eyes to the truth” when she had mustered courage to make her case public.

We all know the cultural and race based backlash that usually follows in a closed cultural setting as this!

She also alleged that the Bishop was using “political and money power” to “bury” the case against him.

He had dismissed the nun’s allegations as “baseless and concocted”, insisting she leveled those as the catholic order had rejected her demand for “favors.”

Meanwhile there is growing concerns and support for justice to be initiated without favors or defense of the church stakeholders.

The chief of the National Commission for Women on Saturday said the said bishop stepping down is the “first win” in the case.

“I have heard some reports that the accused bishop has stepped down and this shows we are moving in the right direction.

We have won for the first time in this long battle against that bishop.

The High Court has given some more time to the police. Let us see what they come up with.”

She added that if things are not proper, they will again intervene!

Many may say that it is very difficult to take the sides of either of the trained people who get enough knowledge to mask themselves from even a forensic psychologist, let alone the legal system / investigative machinery in India with its grave shortcomings.

It is hard to believe that unless for the personal failures of a person, someone will be trapped into sexual servitude especially in a conservative catholic community in Kerala.

The sad part of the Church in India and elsewhere is careerism has kept in and those who come to the position of managing affairs reach there out of skills rather than commitment to Christian philosophy.

But I am also aware that Pope Francis is a ray of hope!

Today my sadness is that the “church is one of the least safe places to acknowledge abuse” because victims often receive damaging advice from church staff who know little about the topic.

The #ChurchToo movement (accompanying the #MeToo movement) reveals that churches are just as susceptible to issues of sexual misconduct and abuses of power as secular institutions.

Often one or more individuals are to blame for abuses, but calls for reform are directed at churches and their leadership.

Is it not time that the church does its acknowledging of abuse within its ranks and practices?

The present culture directed at institutional practices and mindsets that often make reporting and responding to abuse a fraught prospect for victims must be done away with!

And, while churches should not preemptively admit culpability before accusations are investigated, they often find themselves apologizing to victims and communities for inadequate and insensitive responses that create burdens and barriers for victims.

What can churches do to change this reputation?

How can churches create a culture that honors due process alongside one that honors victims’ and survivors’ stories, experiences, and expectations?

In short I ask how churches can create a church culture of accountability, transparency, good governance and victim care.

My answer, please look out for people, not institutions!

But allow the due legal proceedings to go forth without hurdles or caveats!

MALAYSIA’S APEC/ASEAN LEAD CONSUMERIST DR JACOB GEORGE – URGES A DIGNIFIED TREATMENT GLOBALLY AT ENTRY POINTS!

“One should not look at each and every visitor as a potential terrorist, drug smuggler, a potential runaway or one arriving to break the country’s laws!

I do admit there are many who do that but that professional in uniform should have the experience and adequate training, to know the difference between a law abider, friend and a potential foe!”

MALAYSIA’S APEC/ASEAN LEAD CONSUMERIST DR JACOB GEORGE – URGES A DIGNIFIED TREATMENT GLOBALLY AT ENTRY POINTS!

Like some of my writings the one on racial profiling and my call to the Malaysian authorities not to give bourgeoisie treatment to foreigners has hit a raw nerve in certain countries and at the same time received support for addressing an issue that is usually below the radar as governments do not want to address issues that are critical and concerning as the world becomes a global village!

This is amidst ongoing international debate whether gone are the days where one is looked down and suspiciously because of one’s color, race, religion or way of life!

But the dilemma is politicians want to be politically correct and not committed to address wrongs even though there are enough laws both domestic and international which includes the United Nations!

So why do politicians pussy foot when what is expected is a direct intervention to right wrongs?

Claire from the United States – you are certainly right that the majority of people are in fact good people, both in uniform and without, caring, sensitive, and participatory and I thank the heavens for them!

But the narrative is fast changing and profiling and stereo typing is today the hallmark when one steps into the arrival halls of a second country as a tourist, a visitor, a professional, one needing medical treatment or just visiting one’s relatives who are citizens of that country!

Richard from the UK – you are right buddy, that there are also ‘morons and idiots’ among us, who fill an immigration form which could be in a foreign language some intentionally deceiving and in other cases out of ignorance which creates self-inflicted wounds, problems from the authorities rightly addressing their due diligence, compliance and laws of that state!

I have no sympathy for these idiots!

But Bridgette from Tasmania, Australia – I am speaking about the reasonable man or woman who arrives after a 10 to 15 hour flight to visit or see a relative.

The law abiding individuals who are sometimes asked impertinent questions that sounds like criminalizing or profiling the arrival?

You must remember the arrivals are from a different country, race, religion, culture and upbringing and this is the reason I have always mitigated to my friends in diplomatic services and the home ministries that front end officials must have specialized training to interact with foreigners.

Medical doctor, Dr Ruth Stephens, let me address your remark with what I personally experienced during my recent visit to certain country.

I had visited the Western portion of that state where I was visiting my foster father who was very gravely ill and addressing some very grave critical issues.

I wanted to be there for him as he was my friend, priest, confidant, father figure ever since I turned 18!

While I was there I went shopping too to pick up Christmas gifts for my family!

During the fourth day there, I received word that my Malaysian “father” died post-surgery.

My world came crashing on me as he brought me up from an age of 10!

Changing my travel plans and tickets I rushed there to perform my duties as a son!

As I was returning home, I was advised by very kind souls at the check in, that I need to address GST repayment at the departure lounge.

And I did just that.

I showed the official all the receipts.

Which included, bills for the funeral expenses.

The lady in uniform at the desk threw it back saying that were for services and as such no claims entertained.

This despite me telling her that there was a coffin bought and that was not a service by any definition of “service!”

She refused to entertain me.

We moved to the second receipt where the items I purchased souvenirs, T-shirts, caps and so forth were listed.

She asked me where the items purchased were physically.

I replied that they were in the checked in baggage as it was major shopping as can be seen from the receipts.
Basically like I stated plenty T-shirts and souvenirs as give away presents for Christmas.

She immediately took offense saying that my tone was abusive?

I thought I had a romantic bedroom voice!

She called her supervisor to attend to me and I moved aside shocked at this response!

As the lead consumerist and human rights lawyer in Malaysia, ASEAN/APEC I had traveled in enough countries and what was before me was traumatic and for one who has just buried his ‘father!’

The supervisor came.

I explained what happened.

She was super nice, pleasant and very professional.
I told her my disbelief and did not want to continue my claims.

But I told her that I will have a word with her country’s Ambassador in Malaysia, on my experience, on my return.

I gave her my mobile number inviting her over to Malaysia as my guest and thanking her, even though nothing was achieved.

I told her please do come to my country and see how we treat visitors!

The point raised here is, you need someone well versed with addressing consumer grouses and issues, one exposed to foreigners so that the conversation is one of respect, dignity and with decorum.

Not assuming or profiling that one making a claim for GST reimbursements which is one’s right to be made to feel one is acting fraudulently in making the claims?

And you do not speak down to clients or visitors!

There is a cross cultural challenge here and we must recognize this!

A visitor may not know and it is one’s duty to explain or to produce the purchases physically at counter when claims are made!

It is not just individuals, uniformed agencies, law and order groups, but the foreign media as well, the manner they write about us – talking down when their (foreign)citizens are brought to book for breaking the country’s laws!

Look at the way they write on a second country that arrests allegedly diplomat’s assistant wearing a swimsuit in that country’s flag – a strict violation!

Or another group of tourist drinking and dancing fully naked and having sex on a mountain top considered a holy ancestral ground!

As for the country’s flag it is to be respected so not all countries have their flags on a slipper as I saw in one country!

If that was in the Middle East, India or Pakistan you are looking at a capital offense!

Claudia from South Africa, alluding to what you cited – yes indeed, it is true when certain journalists write on a third country using their own benchmarks, values without trying to understand a foreign country’s internal perspective!

Malaysia like other countries have laws, we have guidelines, we too have statutes and practice parliamentary democracy.

Like all countries yes indeed – we also have crooked politicians!

Professor Gibbons with due respects, I fully agree these are the minorities who are creating the negative tsunamis and narratives!

But the point is, these minorities are monopolizing the narrative and that creates a distasteful image!

They behave not as professionals by trolls and perverse individuals abusing the public space!

We are visiting your country and spending our money as a tourist, or a professional providing a service, pro bono – when invited.

One should not look at each and every visitor as a potential terrorist, drug smuggler, a potential runaway or one arriving to break the country’s laws!

I do admit there are many who do that but that professional in uniform should have the experience and adequate training, to know the difference between a friend and a potential foe!

And let us be real – as a professional myself on law and order issues, most arrival halls are fully covered by assets and CCTV surveillance cameras monitoring arrivals and suspicious characters and as such trained professionals can and will be able to detect friend visitor and foe!

Like others we are hurt, embarrassed when one abuse us verbally on the train or bus, when there are no seats and he shouts out – “Get out you Paki bastards!”

Or when another who punches a colored conductor only doing his job, on a train when he caught him traveling without a ticket despite the carriage fully having surveillance cameras!

And the whole train comes to a stop as Police reports are to be made and a whole lot of commuters made to suffer because of the action of an idiot!

What I am advocating globally is it is time to hold governments and their law enforcement accountable for practices that involve targeting people because of race, ethnicity, or nationality.

Stereotypes based on race have held people of underrepresented communities down for centuries.

One of the worst forms of discrimination is being subject to police brutality or profiling simply because the terms ‘suspicious’ and ‘person of color’ are used interchangeably by law enforcement.

In order to begin to hold rogue police officers or other uniform agencies accountable, there must be systemic changes implemented.

Perhaps, it is time that we have The End Racial Profiling Act (ERPA) universally initiated by the United Nations!

It could be one legislative solution that may help relieve some of indignities suffered by individuals and minorities!

For me as an attorney – the End Racial Profiling Act calls for a clear definition of racial discriminatory practices internationally against racial profiling.

The bill should also mandate collection of data pertaining to racial profiling and provides funding for the retraining of officers.

For me ERPA initiated and enforced globally will hold law enforcement agencies accountable and allow for injunctive relief for those who are victims of racial profiling practices!

I must admit with all honesty that the said act will not fix the tensions between communities of color and law enforcement but it is a step in the right direction.

As a global society, we want to believe that the days of racially motivated abuses, profiling, killings are history, and the deaths for example of Trayvon Martin, Oscar Grant, Eric Garner, Mike Brown (and the list goes on) should show us that we are far from the ideal of equality promised by our respective constitutions.

And we must be grateful for write ups, the prevalence of social media and nationwide protests, which have given a rise in awareness about the unequal treatment of people of color!

Whether they are at immigration entry points, by police or other agencies!

Whether they are minorities in a domestic situation, or travelers or visitors, we need to address such abuses!

Whether there are stop-and-frisk program, which allegedly showed that police targeted blacks and Latinos about 85 percent of the time, with most searches ending without evidence.

To show the double standards, do you know that in 2013 alone, for example the police department in Ferguson, Missouri in the US made more than 5,000 stops and 600 searches, with black citizens making up 86 percent of the stops and 92 percent of the searches?

And yes, indeed the said statistics alone are alarming, but they become even more so when you discover that only 67 percent of Ferguson identifies as black.

There have been countless statistics pointing towards the use of racial profiling practices and prominent figures speaking on the subject.

In the US – a dear friend, and former Attorney General, spoke out against racial profiling in 2014 at the annual National Action Network convention in New York.

While speaking, he revealed how he fears that his son may become a victim of police brutality if profiling activities do not stop.

These are real fears many parents who have children of color seem to be having more and more, which leaves us with one question: “If law enforcement cannot be trusted, then, who do people of color turn to in times of need, whether as a local, a visitor or traveler?”

May the ALMIGHTY help us as we ponder through these tough questions as we move soon to 2019!