It seems to me that politicizing issues has reached to the area of civil servants and force who are deemed on duty not based on political idealogies, but based on serving the country. For me it is normal to raise questions on politicians’ activities, decisions, opinions and expenditures, but I find it disturbing to raise issues on civil servants scope of duties especially duties of uniform bodies. Moreover, even while serving the nation without no political ideologies, some accuse racism is there within workforce..aiyoo..
Being a normal citizen on the street, I opine that critics should be able to differentiate issues on political and civil issues. The most criticized of course our police force. Despite serving us days and nights, trying to keep peace and making sure we sleep soundly at nights, they have been criticized heavily. They have been accused of pro-UMNO and pro-Barisan, without realizing in the event Pakatan rules, they will still act as peace keeper and crime solver.
Below are my opinions based on some issues and my views given as a civilian trying to understand and respect police job scope.
Police’s Budget and keeping peace.
One of my commentator questions on expenditure of police during the 5 by-elections which claimed to be “unreasonable”. Why? Reason being, if we, the normal citizen got to incur costs in organizing a simple event, what more to the police in making sure the by-elections are run peacefully. Their transport, their extra work allowance etc. Their budget are only allocated on normal duties, not for duty on election day. So, as at when by-election arises, PDRM’s budget would be busted. Maybe one or two is acceptable, but 5? Come on. Imagine if you only budgeted for two KFC family meal a month, but your kids asking for more (and you follow their request or else they will not stop crying), wouldn’t your pocket “koyak”?
Their annual budget are planned based on normal rate of activities. Normal in sense of solving crimes, patrolling neighbourhoods, solving cases, etc. Perhaps the crime rate are reported to be high, but please consider the population of Malaysian this year alone and compare to which ever year you compare with. And not to forget, at which era are we living in. And do bear in mind, crime can be caused from various reasons and influence. Perhaps, with current technology is also one of the contributors of crime rate in Malaysia.
Solving and curbing crime is never cheap. Although our crime rate are not as described in Hollywood movies (e.g in Batman Begins whereby Lieutenant Gordon said” We start carrying semiautomatics, they buy automatics. We start wearing Kevlar, they buy armor-piercing rounds“), yet still costs will be incurred. Even to ensure peaceful neighbourhood, police got to patrol the area most of the times, especially when we are fast asleep because crimes never sleep. It can happen at any point of time. And by patrolling neighbourhood, at least the police will incure fuel consumption. We complained on fuel price for us to get to work, but do we concern on police fuel budget? They travel more than we do. How about patrol car maintainance? We send our car to service every 5000km which may be once a month. But them? I’m pretty sure their turnaround car service is higher than normal citizen.
Or you expect them to use bicycle to patrol? Brilliant, but not brilliant enough. Since in media we can see criminals using cars and motorcycles, can you imagine our finest chasing them using bicycles? Good luck with that. Sure will get attention from world media if our cops manage to chase mobilized criminal using bicycle. Or perhaps our cops able to chase mat rempits and speeding cars.
Police Force and their line of duty
Solving and curbing crimes also never been easy. Every single day there will some smart alec trying to a least cheat people and do something bad or trouble. And with the INTELLIGENCE and power available to protect and serve, PDRM got to do what they got to do. I do not know since when some of us are better in having resources and eyes in solving and curbing crimes, but it seems some nowadays are more expert from police. Funny thing is, they do not even study on how to do investigations. And much more tickle me, suddenly they are the expert of the law.
The obvious we can see actually, post GE12, we can see law “experts” inteprete law according to their understanding. Suddenly they become the investigating officer, the solicitor, the jury, the judge and the prosecutor. Sometimes I wonder, have they even think the consequences of making wrong judgment? Consequences here and the afterworld. Oh wait, there is a clause – “why do you listen to me? I’m only giving my opinion.” I do not know since when we condone in taking law into our own hands.
We need them to keep certain balance in the society. I wonder, who and where you will go to when you are in trouble? Why do some criticize the police but in the same time lodging police reports when they are in trouble?
Police and Riots
One of avid commentators in JMD encountered me on this. We have seen examples around the world on how protestors and riots being encountered by police. Some got battred, some even being shot. But in Malaysia, the protestors are lucky to be thrown by tear gas and shoot with water dissolve the riots. I wonder if they were thrown with grenades and hit hard by batons like what happened in some part of the world. Perhaps, they wanted it badly.
Yet still, our police do not do that. Our police acted in line in keeping things in control. The riots being shot with water and thrown with tear gas as the riots provokes and test the police. At some events, permits have been issued, but protestors acted beyond permission given. The recent protest of PPSMI shown that police got to do what they got to do. The permit was given for area surrounding Masjid Negara, not for protestors to move towards Istana Negara. Remember when we were kids, if we go beyond the area that our parents permitted us, we would be receiving punishment from our parents. Unless of course your parents just smile and say, “Go on, go to the area I forbid you to go.”
Police and by-elections
Some say we do not need police during by-elections. Do we? We have seen acts and antics of some supporters. Some crossed the line and I verily believe that in the absence of police force, fights will broke out. And when that happens, public will easily pin point to police for not doing their job. Fair? I don’t think so. So much for disciplined politics supporters and sympathizers.
And to ensure peace thorugh out the by-elections, as mentioned before, will incur costs, at least for patrol the area. More cost will be incurred if the DUN or Parliament area is wide. Plus, they have to ensure the safety since the first day of the supporters start campaigning. So, dear arah, RM13 million as quoted by you might be reasonable. Permatang Pauh and Kuala Terengganu are Parliament area, which covers some DUNs. Logically, these area would incur more cost rather than the DUNs’ by-elections.
However, one thing I could not understand with Pakatan’s people. Sorry to say, you will only thank and congratulate them in the event Pakatan wins, but whenever you lose, accusations will only be heard. So much for fairness (Keadilan).
Police and Public
We, as public and normal civilian can always complain the incompetence of PDRM, but seldom acknowledge their fast act in trying to serve the nation. With their petty pay, they try to serve the nation well. For me, with us living in world wide web era, high rate of crime should not be the responsibilty of the police only in curbing and preventing it. We should also give our helping hand in doing so. How many of us have misjudged as “our neighbour” is moving when the fact is burglars moving your neighbours things? Should high crime be politicized, while the actual fact PDRM is trying their best in prevent and solving crime?
Sometimes it is easy to pin-point others mistakes, but I wonder, to those who bad mouth the police, what will you do if you are in their place? What will you do to lessen the crime rate?
I wonder, if Pakatan takes over, what will they do to PDRM? Since police (and court) is entirely wrong under Barisan, what will they do to ensure safety and justice for rakyat? PDRM will still serve the rakyat and ruling government. Do not bad mouth them being tool of Barisan, as same will do whenever Pakatan takes over.
They are “tool” to peaceful and harmonious life, but never politicize their role in keeping peace and harmony.
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Ondastreet’s view: We should be able to respect police’s role in keeping peace and balanced society. They are not political tool, but ambassador to peace and harmony..or do we want them to be just like another normal security guard like we see in shops and premises?