Friday, May 8, 2009

NEWS AND MORE NEWS

I have not been writing in the blog for almost 7 days now, and someone concerned called to find out whether I still exist or otherwise. These are friends of mine who have been my useful source of information, and who are also great rumour mongers. And they too were the ones that had motivated me to go blogging. They fear that I have been kidnapped, or hospitalized for some reason or other. Their concern is quite valid since a lot of strange happenings are known to occur in this country the last few weeks. Well, to all my dear friends, I am back and have been kept alive, particularly by the most recent events in the silver state (Perak).

Stories are abound in the main stream media and the blogs over the chaos and confusion in the Perak State Assembly, a few hours ago. Both the BN and PR have their reasons for creating a mess of the State Assembly; but one thing is for certain i.e. this mess could have been avoided if all parties, and including that of the palace, had seriously considered the state and the people’s interest first, before self and party interest. Was this too much to asked? What had happened to the august State Assembly will be an incident that will be long remembered, and including its ‘actors’ that had made the august assembly, seems no better than a market place. Just imagine, Yang Berhormat’s heckling and scuffling at one another, and one being forcibly dragged out while still in his dignified uniform. What can you make out of these Yang Berhormat?

Former PM Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi has now been appointed the Corridor Advisor, as well as the MAS Advisor. My only hope is that Tun Abdullah does not require advisors to advise him on his two appointments. I see no reason why Tun Abdullah cannot perform, particularly that of the Corridor Advisor, since that was his legacy. This will give him the opportunity to help see the completion of what he had conceived. However, Tun Mahathir has been reported to be rather cynical about Tun Abdullah’s appointment. And when can these two Tun’s bury the hatched, and be amicable to each other again?

Now the police have decided to go on a war path against the Mat Rempits, that have now grown more menacing, including ramming into police patrol cars and acting like gangsters. The question that I would like to ask is why has the authorities taken too long to act. If the punishment meted to them isn’t punitive enough to deter them from repeating their offences, what is inhibiting the authorities from changing the laws to ensure that the Mat Rempits deserves a more severe punishment? Are we to wait for more death to occur before we decide to change the laws?

Having viewed the last article posted on 1st May 2009, titled ‘The Malaysian Defence Industry’, I am extremely delighted to read the many positive comments made by my readers. I am more informed now of the state of the nation’s defence industry than ever before, and my only hope is that those that are still serving officers of the Armed Forces reads these comments. Some of the comments may be hurtful to some, but it will be better if it hurts us now, than to suffer the consequences of our ignorance and failures later. I now leave it to the defence planners to place their thinking caps, and to seriously think where have we gone wrong in planning the growth of our defence industry, and to decide what need to be done, or are we satisfied and happy for the industry to remain status quo?


CRUSADE AGAINST CORRUPTION

7 comments:

komando said...

The HIGHLY RECOMMENDED punishment FOR MAT REMPITS should be the following :

1. Public flogging - to deter any more such groups.
2. Public display in trucks - like those days when "puasa breakers" are shamed.
3. Confiscate all motorbikes - all caught violating any laws pertaining to modifications and illegal racing.
4. All driving licences of those guilty parties to be revoked forever.
5. All convicted REMPITS will have to do community service - sweep gardens and parks, clean drains and public toilets wearing T-Shirts stating who they are
(SAMPAH MASYARAKAT).
6. The government do not have to waste funds to rehabilitate them by having special training.
7. If they are all so brave and daring not scared to die, sent them to commando camp and train them like soldiers, deploy them to fight/berjihad...at least will die as a "syahid" if killed!(majority if not all - are malay muslims)
8. Later on THEY can become good soldiers if they so decide...brave ones.

Dear Dato General hope this message can reach the PM and DPM's ears.The country needs drastic actions and measures for drastic situation like this !

AS FOR OTHER ISSUES, THE POLITICS IN THIS LAND IS GONE TO THE DOGS, NOTHING MORE CAN BE DONE TO UNDO ANYTHING OF SUCH MASSIVE COMPLETE ABUSE OF THE TOTAL SYSTEM...

WAIT FOR NEXT GE -- 13.

ArshadRaji said...

Dear Komondo,

Thanks for the elaborate comment. You must have heard that UMNO Youth had trained some Mat Rempits to become parachuter's, and they were welcomed as heroes after the jump in the North Pole. Just wonder where these heroes are today. Jangan jangan mereka masih Merempit lagi.

maurice said...

Dato,

I have been doing a lot of driving for the last 10 years within and outside the Klang Valley: I must say I have been very fortunate not to encounter any ugly incident with these group of gungho bike riding youngsters.

But on one or two occassiobs while driving, I did see them whizzing by doing incredible stunts on their small motorbikes.Their acts no doubt pose great danger to other road users should they make a slip.

The emergence of this phenomenon I believe is as a result of the cumulative effects of the lack of public facilities and organized activities for young kids.

Take the case of the Municipality of Ampang, just drive to any of the housing estate under its adminstration, one could hardly find any playing fields for teenagers to play football, hockey, basketball etc in their free time.

MPAJ or those agency responsible can easily organize Football/Hockey/Badminton/Ping Pong/Tennis/Baskeball/Netball etc competitions for youngsters between Tamans/Housing Estates.It will provide an outlet for young people to expend their energies and socialize with their peers.Such exposures I believe will help to creat a balanced and responsible individual.

maurice said...

Dato,

Another suggestion is to organize Bike Riding Competitions on regular basis at the FI Circuit during day/night for these gungho bike ridng younsters.

The competitons could take the form of various stunts and techniques which they have mastered.

Hopefully such activity would help to minimize their presence on public roads.

It would be good if you could get the Minister for Youth/Sports to look into it.Thanks.

captazhar said...

Dear maurice,

As usual, I beg to differ.

There is no simple way to explain the Mat Rempit problem that we're facing today. Your contention that there are not sufficient public facilities or activities to satisfy the needs of the young is saying that the problem is an urbanization problem which it is not. Rempiting happens in almost every state of this country, Kedah, Kelantan, Johor. There is ample playing fields and facilities to meet the needs of the community BUT the Mat Rempits actually ignore them.

However, on the other hand, we only start commenting about the Mat Rempit problems when the MSM chooses, I say again, 'chooses' to highlight it. No doubt there is a reason for this, perhaps a psyops to further the need to keep our society fragmented along RACIAL lines, perhaps? For example, the drug abuse problem, is today not grabbing the headlines and neither is it attracting our attention. But, seriously, do you think the problem has been solved and drug abuse is on the downtrend??

Just points to ponder... let us not be simple suckers.

maurice said...

Dear Captazhar,

Thank you for your comments.

Coincidently there is an article on this problem in the NST today (9th May).

Let me summarize what Prof Rozmi Ismail, Head of Psychology at UKM has said on the subject which he has researched since 2000:

1.These kids do not like to be called Mat Rempits.They just like to spend and hang in town during the weekends,after half to three hours they just go home.

2. Less than 15% are involved in criminal activities.

3. They are youngsters of the 15-17age group who are mostly dropouts.

4. Most of them are dispatchers, factory workers, burgers sellers looking for fun and excitement according to their means.

5.The Police cannot charge them under criminal laws because they are underaged.

6. Altogether about 200,000 in the country, usually organized in informal groups. They don't have regard for others and inclined to be involved in vandalism.

Prof Rozmi suggested that the Government should take strong measures to curb the problem such as changing the law so that they can be made accountable.

However, Prof Rozmi does not touch on the root of the problem and what society can do to help our community.

I will be back soon.

captazhar said...

Dear maurice,

The statistics quoted by the good Prof is only as good as the data collected & the depth of the survey carried out.

As the Prof was not able to tell on the root causes of the problem could just show a shallow research, so just an attempt to justify a problem with numbers, again.

Those numbers mean little, especially if you happens to be 1 of the victims of the only 15% mat rempits involved in criminal activities. It is the personal loss, the trauma caused, that matters to the victims & their families.