Saturday, February 04, 2006

Return of the Jedi

I am back.... I didn't go back to Milan though, was glad staying in KL. Relatives say the winter there was one of the most harsh ever.

Gong Xi Fa Cai to all Chinese/mixed Chinese people/ everyone else who celebrates Chinese New Year. Personally I hope for better this year.... happiness and prosperity :)

James's operation went well. He had terrible internal bleeding from the beating and that did not heal well enough. A week before CNY he was in the hospital. We had to go back once because of complications but things seem fine now. It is terrible and ridiculous that one night out will result in thousands worth of hospital bills, and worse, this level of injuries. Potentially could cost someone his or her life.

The update on my case is as such: There is no update. I am wondering if the cops and the prosecution are sleeping. I have heard no news from them with regards to charging the bouncers who whacked us up.

The police in this country however, whilst taking their own sweet time arresting club bouncers who physically assault patrons to the point of hospitalisation, make it a point to teach old people a good hearty lesson that their past time has no place on the streets... Yes boys and girls, a bit of mahjong, harmless to everyone, will get you a good shaving and jail time to go with it.

However if you beat people up to the point in which they go to hospital, the cops will sometimes tell you (like in my case) that you deserve it, and you're left to wonder four months later, what really is happening with your case.

Makes you think sometimes about the way things are going. I hope all those articles I read about the police reforming are not just lip service... it's really frustrating, disheartening, and somewhat scary to think that the very men who didn't think twice about assaulting us in a public place could very well be walking around in my neighbourhood.

///Z.a



http://www.thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2006/2/4/nation/13300648&sec=nation&focus=1

Public express indignation over shaving episode

PETALING JAYA: There has been widespread public indignation over the action by Kajang police to shave bald 10 senior citizens caught playing mahjong on the second day of the Chinese New Year.

The 10 men claimed trial in a Kajang magistrate’s court yesterday to a charge of illegal gambling at a public place.

A 31-year-old coffeeshop owner, who was also shaved bald, pleaded not guilty to allowing the 10 to gamble at his Hulu Langat shop.

The public expressed disappointment and puzzlement over the episode.

The Star received numerous calls and SMS texts saying the action was unnecessary.

Politicians described it as insensitive and an over-reaction as well as a violation of human rights.

Kajang OCPD Asst Comm Mohd Noor Hakim, however, defended his men's action, saying that under Section 9a of the Lock Up Rules, the police can shave a detainee’s head bald. “So, we are just exercising whatever the law requires us to do.”