The Zhen police abuse case is yet another symptom of a sick police force. The rogue cops who abused those unfortunate Chinese women are a shame to the rest of the honest and hardworking police, if found guilty, should be punished severely, as an example to other errant but unexposed cops.
What's wrong with our police? Why do they have this penchant for stripping those in their custody? Why is it necessary to strip anyone? Don't they know that slapping another adult is not only insulting and belittling but also criminal?
I am sure the Zhen case is not an isolated incident. It is more likely the tip of the iceberg when one considers the police have a habit of abusing those unfortunate law-abiding citizens who come into their clutches. How low can the police go in bullying those who are defenceless?
I hope more people will come out into the open and expose those corrupt cops who think it their birthright to abuse innocent people. Why should honest and decent cops also have to bear the stigma of corruption because there are black sheep not accounted for?
This failure of the government in taking radical measures to weed out the rogue cops in the force is its unforgivable sin of omission. With the findings and recommendations of the Police Royal Commission under its nose, there is no excuse for delay in immediately reforming the system. The public as we have seen in the Zhen case are the ones to suffer, and the longer the government drags its feet, the longer the public suffers.
Does the government care? These police personnel have brought shame not only to themselves but tarnished their race and religion. It is scandalous to allow such people to be in the police force.
Women now not only have to worry about robbers and rapists but predatory cops who have no respect for the law or citizens' rights. How can anyone ever feel safe not knowing if they can trust those whose duty it is to protect them?
It seems the Police Royal Commission has achieved nothing and rogue cops are still behaving badly in defiance of the commission's findings, and laughing at a paper tiger of a commission, thanks to an indecisive administration.
The police urgently need a radical change in their ethos, they need to discard the idea that their police uniform is a passport to wealth and unbridled authority over the public, and police officers who appear to own assets beyond their meagre salaries should be subject to investigation by the Anti-Corruption Agency. It should be an automatic procedure.
Wearing anti-corruption badges is a farce, almost puerile, but wearing their uniforms as a badge of honour backed by exemplary police conduct is what counts. I have always believed the police play a pivotal role in nation-building and the moral backbone of a country is dependent on the kind of police force that exists in the country.
The public must be prepared to reclaim their rightful police services. They must show they are not afraid of the police and be prepared like the intrepid Zhen and her Chinese friends to take them to task. Do not let the bullies get away with their criminal behaviour.
Those who break the law will be dealt with by the law eventually. People must not give up hope that transformational change in the police force will not occur and that it will be business as usual.
Let's not forget that the police get away with breaking the law because society is not prepared to bring them to account. The Chinese women deserve our every support in bringing their torturers to trial, and I hope they will sue big time to get the message across that the rule of law is mightier than police abusive behaviour. Somehow the message is not getting through to the government because the police continue in their flagrant acts of shame.