I refer to the report Ear squats a police 'heritage', inquiry told.
Ear squats and all other forms of abuse have been part of the police force's operating procedure from the time we gained independence from the British. Our police don't seem to have any other higher authority to answer to as the executive condones everything that the force does in the name of maintaining public and national security.
The police up to this date don't have the slightest regard for an order of court and continue to detain people once they have been released by the courts. The next question will be, why then do we need to have courts when they are just mere government departments which the police doesn't care two hoots about?
Before Malaysia embarks on a tirade to teach Burma how to practise democracy, it has to clear its own back yard of all this dirt. We need a police force that respects citizens and fights crime using brains and not brawn. The laws are quite adequate but the way in which our police interpret and enforce them is very archaic and demoralising.
Here, if the police are unable to get you, they book you under the Emergency Ordinance and keep you until they have a convincing story against you which can be bought by the gullible courts. We have magistrates and Sessions Court judges who are trained to think that the police are never wrong and they are too scared to question the police.
If the lawyer does this, the poor lawyer is reprimanded for being rude and impolite even when in the course of cross examining the witnesses who are mostly police officers. Therefore it is not about the individuals, it is about the system which maintains the 'Ketuanan colonialism' and of late practises racial bias which is not good for national integration. After the British left, this 'Ketuanan colonialism' has taken over and we are seeing the aftermath of it everyday.
If a world-class race is to be created and amongst them 'towering' personalities, we have to weed out all aspects of corruption, low morale and laziness amongst the civil servants whom the government depends on to function. Issues in Malaysia are becoming very racial as the days go by and it is going to be very difficult if a Malay cannot be very critical of another Malay let, alone one form another race.
How are we going to be able to give better delivery service as promised by the current prime minister when all we have are people of no or low quality sitting in plum positions in the government?
Therefore, ear squats being termed as a 'heritage' which has been passed on from the time of the British Raj to the current 'Ketuanan colonialism' couldn't be more true.