COMMENT | The police force – its reputation, image and conduct hardly smell like a bunch of roses. From being accused of arbitrarily issuing summonses to being accused of corruption, from assaulting people in remand to shooting and killing innocent people, they have taken all of them on their chins.
Despite being pilloried and crucified (in a figurative sense) by Suhakam commissioners and judges in a court of law, there’s always the brave front – refusing to acknowledge nor deny their roles and admit wrongdoing.
Amidst such depressing news, there have been flashes of kind-heartedness, generosity and helpfulness from some police officers when people are in dire situations. Although they are rare compared to reports of excesses, it proves that all that matters is an individual’s mindset and attitude.
Under these circumstances, a question one has to ask aloud is why are some getting hot under the collar over a short animated video on police brutality, which the makers say they created by interviewing the subjects involved?
On the other hand...