Tomorrow is the Labour Day. It is the day where Malaysia commemorate the contribution of the work force, as part of nation building. It is one of four basic factors of production, along with capital, land and plant and machinery.
The element of work force is very significant to the Malaysian economy that the British brought an influx of foreign labour in the 19th and early 20th century, to fulfill the demands of economic activities. That changed the cultural and a major contributing factor of political landscape, which is still debated till present day.
Amongst the 1.3 million persons under the civil service payroll is the Police Force or Royal Malaysian Police.
In all, 103,000 of these men and women, are made resposnible to provide the heavy burden of primary security for the 28 million inhabitants. Their responsibility is factored with highly complex multiethnic, multifaith and multicultural Malaysians inhibiting an area 330,000 sq km in two land mass separated by a large body of water, over 4,800 km of coastline and a domestic economy over RM 1,050 billion (PPP) per annum.
The Police Force responsibility as the premier security agency included:
1. Policing and combatting crimes
1.1. Thefts, robberies
1.3. Kidnappings and extortions
1.4. Commercial crimes
1.5. Vice and organised crimes
2. Public order
3. Traffic control
4. Border patrols and anti smuggling
5. Anti internal security
6. Anti narcotics
7. Anti terrorism
8. VIP escorts
9. Support for other law enforcement agencies
10. Anti crime awareness
The deliverables are very demanding. Criminals are getting very sophisticated. Come cover their tracks very well, using provisions of the law. Criminals use proxies, to front their crimes.As the deliverables gets more demanding and their resources spread thinner, the pressure becomes more intense.
On top of that, they are subjected to serious work hazard. Some are exposed to weather and urban hydrocarbon pollution, almost daily. Some are subjected to harms way, as criminals now deploy high powered firearms which include automatic assault rifles and submachine guns. They are number of policemen who are injured and even died on duty, being involved in accidents because of illegal motorcycle racers aka ‘Mat Rempit’.
In the past, Policemen have been gunned in broad day light. Two of the prominent ones are Inspector General of Police Tan Sri Abdul Rahman Ismail on 7 June 1974 and Perak Chief Police Officer Tan Sri Khoo Chong Kong 13 November 1975.
The success of the Police Force in 54 years of combat against the ‘Butchers of Malaya’ insurgency should always be appreciated and remembered. Even though the communist terrorism has ended, the war against terrorism in Malaysia did not end. In fact, in the complexity of global diplomacy and terrorism, international terrorism has infected our shores. The threat is clear and present danger, that the Police Force instituted a division known as Federal Anti Terrorism Task Force to work against terrorism activities.
As the most premier security agency, their steadfastness, diligence and perseverance to maintain the nation’s safety is very much strong, despite all the odds against them. Criminals are getting more sophisticated and their crimes more complicated. The network of criminals transcend across borders, especially with advancement of communications, IT and even transportation. There are more options for mediums of exchange.
In short, the Police Force had already been grossly overworked, under staffed, under equipped and overtly scrutinised, on top of the extra burden the Malaysian public placed on them for the pettiest and sundry issues. Now, the ‘soft approach’ demands that they are more ‘people friendly’.
So they come up with more ways to engage the Malaysian public in the work. One of the approach is to introduce ‘Community Policing’.
However, some irresponsible quarters capitalize on the ‘soft approach’ of the modern Police Force. They use intellectual discourse and new media to belittle the Police Force, even to a point that they spread lies. The irresponsibly accuse the Police Force for many crimes, including murder. One such organization is none other than the Bar Council.
On top of that, some quarters chose to antagonise, provoke and test the Police Force, especially their professionalism in handling very volatile and high tension incidence, such the chaos purposely created at the recent BERSIH 3.0. Opposition Leaders such as Anwar Ibrahim, Azmin Ali, Tian Chua and the likes of these politically bankrupt politicians wanted to create anarchy from BERSIH 3.0.
The intense provocation came. It went on for four hours (from 1100-1500hrs). When the Police Force demonstrated a very high degree tolerance and retsraint, they decided to storm the Police line and create the scenario where the Police Force had to act on them.
The list of injured Policemen on duty on Saturday’s BERSIH 3.0:
(i) KONST 165534MOHD FAIRUZ bin ZULKIFLI Anggota Trafik KL Cedera di badan akibat ditendang dan dipijak. HKL. (ii) KONST 171668NAZRIL AZIZ bin RAHMAN Anggota Bukit Aman Cedera di kepala akibat di baling batu.T.H.S. Lee Rpt. : 15081/12 HKL (iii) KPL 141269ABU BAKAR bin ABD RAHIM Anggota Petaling Jaya Cedera di mulut akibat dibaling objek keras. HUKM (iv) KONST 171506AZIZI bin MOHD NOH Anggota Trafik Bukit Aman Cedera di pipi kanan akibat dibaling objek keras. HKL. (v) KONST 179157MOHD NOR FIRDAUS bin Hj ABU BAKAR Anggota Caw. Khas PUTRAJAYA Retak tulang tangan kanan akibat dipukul dengan kayu.Dang Wangi Rpt:- 16848/12 HUKM (vi) KONST 175128MOHD KAMIL bin PARIMIN Anggota Bahagian Pengangkuta IPD TERENGGANU Cedera di kepala dan menerima 7 jahitan HKL (vii) L/KPL 152574MOHD NASIR bin ABU MANSOR Anggota Trafik KL Cedera di Badan dan tidak boleh duduk. HKL (viii) KONST179689 ZAMAN bin ALI Balai Polis Wangsa Maju Setapak Patah hidung HKL (ix) KONST 184197 SHUIB bin JAMALUDIN IPD KANGAR Tekanan Darah Tinggi HKL (x) KONST 171481 BASIRON A/L BAH PELON BALAI POLIS TUN RAZAK Cedera di buku lali akibat disepak. Dang Wangi Rpt :- 16857/12 HKL (xi) KPL 148646 MOHD ISKANDAR RIMIE BIN ALI PGA Pengkalan Hulu Pengsan HKL (xii) L/KPL 124962 TUAN RUZI BIN TUAN SENG IPD Machap, JOHOR Luka di bahagian bibir dan lebam seluruh badan HKL (xiii) L/KPL AMIRUL BIN NAWRI Balai Polis Port Dickson Sesak nafas HKL
Police are the victims on the Saturday Opposition Leaders’ sordid attempt to start the famed ‘Arab Spring’ here, in their strategy to ascend into power via the ‘Politics of Hatred’. Anwar Ibrahim’s ‘Malaysian Spring’ on 27 April 2012 failed. He even attempted to demonize the Police Force, during the media conference at PKR party HQ but he failed miserably too. Even one BERSIH 3.0 participant take out against the Opposition.
Members of the Police Force did not sign up to be victims of a state of anarchy. They have rights too. None should be subjected to the state of being humiliated and tortured in public, especially by an angry mob which turned anarchists.
Its time the Federal Government do more for them. It is time that they are vindicated, to the limit of the law. It is time for the 388 persons arrested and taken to Pulapol for all sorts of felony be charged in criminal court. It is time for Ambiga Sreenivasen, Hishamuddin Rais and A Samad Said be arrested, for the chaos and all laws broken during BERSIH 3.0. Definitely, it is time for Anwar Ibrahim, Azmin Ali, Tian Chua, Badrul Shaharin and the likes of them be booked for the chaos on Saturday.