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Thursday, April 29, 2010

Tragic case of the shooting to death of Arwah Aminul Rasyid

First and foremost, please join me in saying a prayer for Aminul Rashid Amzah, the 15 year old teenager who died after being involved in a hit and run traffic accident in the wee hours of the night on Monday, the 26th of April, 2010 recently in Shah Alam, Selangor.

Al Fatihah!

Okay, by now, most of us have come to learn about the tragic manner by which Aminul Rashid met his death not that far from his home by following the various newspaper reports.

The alternative media, especially those who love to publish news and views badmouthing the Royal Malaysian Police have had a field day in lambasting the nation's major law enforcement agency and labeled them as trigger happy murderous cops with nothing better to do?

It's sickening to see the way things almost always get blown to humongous proportions especially when it involves the men in blue.

Never mind that they are often exposed to various dangers out there putting their own lives in danger and not being appreciated by a growing number of ingrates amongst the country's faultfinding citizens or as I would categorize them as the 'bad news browns' or whatever they choose to identify themselves as?

The teenager died after the encounter with the anti crime police who would surely have had no clue as to who was behind the wheel of the speeding car which had just grazed another car, knocked into a chasing motorcyclist and ignoring the flashing siren of the policemen in chase?

The time was 2.00 am. Would the police fire upon the speeding car if they had known it to be driven by a teenager out for an illegal drive with his friend?

Surely, they wouldn't have resorted to such lethal actions!

If you or me were in the place of those policemen and saw all that had transpired and saw the car involved in the grazing and then knocking down of the motorcyclist, speeding off despite the patrol car switching on its sirens and chasing it, still see that the suspect's car isn't slowing down, what would be our assumptions?

Visualize the scenario! A car speeding away after the initial grazing of a luxury vehicle or any other vehicle for the matter and then still being driven away after knocking down a chasing motorcyclist, what would you think if you were the chasing police patrolmen conclude as to the intent of the speeding car's driver?

Surely all the training the patrolmen have received would make them conclude that the speeding driver is a criminal suspect and they have to do their duty in catching the speeding suspect?

I am not saying that the ones who shot out the tyres of the car inadvertently killing the driver of the car in the process are totally blame free but if we are to be just in our assessment of this tragedy, to please try and look at it from both sides to be fair.

It's tragic and unfortunate for Aminul Rashid Amzah to die like this but it has happened and I am sure that the patrolmen involved in this case are just as affected very terribly and sorry as we all are.

Death by misadventure?

The patrolmen were just doing their duty as they are trained to do. Give chase after a suspected hit and run speeding vehicle.

They do not have super penetrating night vision to be able to figure out the identity of a speeding suspect in the wee hours of the night, do they?

At 2.00am in the dark night, how were they expected to be able to know that the driver of the speeding car was an unlicensed teenager who had taken his sister's car without her permission or knowledge just to go watch football at the local mamak's bistro?

Aminul Rashid Amzah is no more. Best that the Malaysian Government can to do is to clear his name and compensate the family.

The policemen can't be totally blamed for carrying out what is their duty ~ to arrest or take out any criminals at large in our society.

To expect them to just be idle bystanders when that accident had happened is just wishful thinking for if we had such inactive cops out on patrol in our nation, we might just as well order the police to work a 9 to 5 job schedule and get all the faultfinding bad news browns to volunteer taking care of our country from the evening onwards?