Racism in the treatment of the victims of Police killings. Compare how the the recent killing of Aminul Rasyid Amzah compares with the killing so many Indian youth previously by the Malaysian Police.
First of all our our condolences to the family of 15 year old Aminul Rasyid Amzah. On the very next day of his shooting we had stated in very strong terms” ‘Put teen killer cops behind bars, not desks’ (Free Malaysia today 27 April 2010).
Nothing we write in this article means any disrespect to the dead boy. It is just our attempt to show how pernicious this UMNO concocted and perfected racist system is, even in such horrendous acts as the murder of citizens by the police.
Aminul Rasyid Amzah rightly got the attention as follows:-
1. PKPIM forms Facebook group for Aminulrasyid (www.malaysiakini.com 28 April 2010.)
2. ‘Jangan lapor bukan-bukan’, rayu ibu Aminulrasyid (www.malaysiakini.com 27 April 2010 )
3. Saran s’jaya bebas siasat kes Norizan, Aminulrasyid (www.malaysiakini.com 28 April 2010)
4. Motion to debate schoolboy shooting filed (www.malaysiakini.com 28 April 2010)
5. Police to investigate teen’s shooting in fair and transparent manner (www.NewSabahTimes.com.my 29 April 2010)
6. Outrage over killing of boy by KL cops The Straits Times, 29 April 2010
7. Only one cop fired shots The Star/Asia News Network, 29 April 2010.
8. Cop’s son witness in shooting case firstname.lastname@example.org , 29 April 2010
9. ‘Only one cop opened fire’ thestar.com.my, 29 April 2010
10. Neighbours’ anger over trigger-happy cops The Malaysia Insider, 28 April 2010.
11. ‘My son not a criminal’ newsstraitstimes online, 27 April 2010
12. Cabinet expresses sadness over fatal shooting of teen newsstraitstimes online, 28 April 2010.
13. Special panel to look into fatal shooting of schoolboy newsstraitstimes online, 28 April 2010.
14. Cabinet expresses sadness over fatal shooting of teen , Utusan online 28 April 2010.
15. Home Minister promises a thorough investigation, thestar.com.my 29 April 2010.
16. Suitable balance needed to guide police actions, NST online 29 April 2010.
17. Time to disarm our cops , Malaysian Mirror 29 April 2010.
18. Fatal shooting of teen: Police investigations to be ready by Friday, NST online 28 April 2010.
19. A closer look at police shootings The Malaysian Insider 29 April 2010
20. Don’t call him a robber, says mother of teenager shot by police Bernama 27 April 2010.
Based on the newspaper cuttings and news in web portals the Malay-sian Cabinet Home Minister, Agriculture Minister, Welfare Minister, Selangor Menteri Besar, Lim Kit Siang, Lim Guan Eng, T.Murugiah, Inspector General of Police, Facebook, UMNO Youth, Bar Council President, PAS, Suhakam, MCA President all either issued some statement or visited the breaved family. That is quite a list.
The Police take ten witness statement within three days. Ten in three days – when was the last time you heard that for Police killing.
Deputy Home Minister creates a panel and heads it up to looking into fatal shooting of Aminul Rasyid Amzah . But only for this one killing. What about all the previous ones.
In the cases involving Indian victims – P.Gunasegaran who was killed in police custody and R Logeswaran, 38 & Satchithananthan, 25 shot dead by the police three weeks ago. There was almost zero or none of the above attention, media coverage, care, concern, protest or championing. None whatsoever! Just because the victims were poor Indians?
Aminul Rasyid also received attention from M.P for Kapar S.Manickavasagam (www.malaysiakini.com 14-year-old student killed by police) N.Surendran (victim prejudged by cops ) PPP’s Dato Murugiah from the Indian elite.
Similarly in the last two days, Teoh Beng Hock received wide media coverage and serious pro active actions even by lawyer Gobind Singh Deo to cite the (Law) Minister Dato Seri Nazri for contempt of court and as follows:-
1. A-G allowed to intervene in Nazri contempt application (The Sun 29 April 2010).
2. Hina mahkamah: Peguam Negara dibenar jadi pencelah (Utusan Malaysia 29 April 2010).
But three weeks ago when brothers R Logeswaran, 38 & Satchithananthan, 25 were shot dead and killed by what is believed to be the police shoot to kill squad on a shoot to kill order, none of the above, none were around to even attend the funeral, let alone to champion the cause.
The cold blooded murder by the Polis Raja Di Malaysia was witnessed by eye witnesses (see our videos dated April 13, 2010 Malaysian Police Shoot to Kill Policy- 2 Ethnic Indian youth shot dead-HINDRAF HRP in the www.humanrightspartymalaysia.com website). One of this victim was even shot in his eye. (see photo) And both were shot almost all on the head. In spite of such brazen acts by the police, there was no action at all, zero, let alone attention by the erstwhile individuals above or reports in the media.
An urgent letter was written by HRP to the Prime Minister and Home Minister to prosecute the police murderers and for a Royal Commission of Inquiry.
A similar letter was written to Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim to move an emergency motion in Parliament and to call for a Royal Commission of Inquiry.
But as usual there is zero response from both UMNO and PKR. Why? Because the victims were poor Indians.
There was instead pin drop silence even from the print and electronic media including “our” Malaysiakini.com, NGOs’, Bar Malaysian civil society. Why? Because the victims were poor Indians?
And on the very same day Teoh Beng Hock was killed in Police custody, poor P.Gunasegaran was also killed at the Sentul police station literally but zero coverage by the media, UMNO, PKR, DAP, PAS,NGOs’ etc.
Why? Because P.Gunasegaran is a poor Indian?
A.Kugan’s case was about the only exception which got some attention because of the very brutal and bloody pictures that unprecedentedly came out and because of the 5,000 odd Hindraf people power forces at his funeral.
But even In Kugan’s case, because the Malay gangster group Pekida (read largely consisting of civil clothes policemen) had lodged a police report against the Attorney General on the Kugan’s case, the charge was downscaled from murder to a token causing injury case for which, one Indian policemen was prosecuted and that too after a long Hindraf supported public campaigns, the last being an assembly outside the King’s Istana Negara, In the western civil societies, the majority communities bend backwards to champion minority causes. But in Malaysia, the majority always almost bend backwards to champion the injustices to the majority and “gallery” Malay, and Chinese issues and ignore minority issue with impunity.
In Malaysia the most serious Indian problems gets sidestepped because they are so serious to the point of being in a “condemned” state. Malaysians generally refuse to go by the seriousness or gravity of the problems and issues. They go by the ethnicity of the victims. We have been saying this over the last 20 years and repeat the same herewith. Strange “multi-racialism” ala Malaysia.
Had UMNO, PKR, DAP, PAS, NGOs’ Bar Council and the print and electronic media gave the same level of care, concern and attention as was and is done for Aminul Rasyid Amzah , hundreds of Indian victims shot dead by the police and killed in police lock ups over the last twenty years or so would have been saved, their families would not have suffered the pain, suffering, stigma etc.
On 7/11/2009 there were three coffins of police shot dead Indian victims in one house, all side by side.
The sister of the fourth of the five victims gunned down by the police in that incident could not take the pain of the injustice and committed suicide by drinking poison. Her four children who were also given poison somehow survived but are likely to suffer from serious medical problems in due course. (See our video- November 2009).
But there was zero public outcry Malaysians again did not care merely because the victims of these UMNO police atrocities were poor Indians.
In 2009 95% of the Malaysian police shot dead victims and death in police custody victims are Indians.
This is just the tip of the iceberg of the atrocities against the Indians in Malaysia for which the multiracial Malaysians including the elite Indians do not care.
The supposed caring, sharing and civil society and multi-racial Malaysian society contribute to these atrocities not by commission but by omission.
The kind of racism that we see here runs deep in our so called multiracial society, Anwar Ibrahim , please take note. It is the most pernicious form where it has internalized so deeply into the psyche of a people that they do not even know they are committing it. It is natural that these Indian criminals must be shot dead like stray dogs, that is all OK.
But when we raise these race based injustices, we are instead accused of being racist.
This is the only country where when you cry against racism you instead get accused of being a racist. Welcome to Real Life Malaysia.