Wednesday, October 24, 2007


I said a prayer yesterday for the family of a man who lost his life when he was set upon by carjackers at a gasoline retail station. The poor man was just having his car filled up at 5:30 a.m. when three men bashed him up and drove off with his car. On the ground, bleeding, he activated his immobilizer. The car stalled within the station compound and the furious assailant broke a window, climbed out of the car and came to drag the victim back into the car before bludgeoning him.
To be sure, I am lucky enough not to have witnessed this horror but Wei seems traumatized enough after having to review the CCTV recording. The station was under her charge.
As in the senseless killing of lots of other people, including poor eight-year-old Nurin Jazlin, the question I want to ask is: Why isn't the government making this country a safer place than it was a decade ago, a generation ago?
And my other rant: those community radio services telling parents to NOT send their kids to pasar malam, shops and wherever on their own but to watch their kids closely. Sensible parents don't want to lose their kids. Please use the air space for something better. Pass the message to the leaders that kids want to play outside.
Does it occur to our esteemed leaders that perhaps they should make our country a place where we all can walk around without having to keep looking back, whether for bag-snatchers or carjackers or kidnappers?

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