COMMENT: Has our city become that dangerous that our young people when they are out clubbing can get killed for getting into an altercation with strangers?
Yaacob Nasran, an 18-year-old college student studying in Kuala Lumpur on a Christmas break back home was slashed to death with a sword on a night out with his sibling and six other friends while protecting a friend from getting slashed outside a bar in Asia city.
The police must be commended for acting swiftly as they arrested six locals, including two women aged between 23 and 30, in connection with the case.
And a 28-year-old bouncer was charged in the Magistrate’s Court Friday with the murder.
While the young man cannot be brought back to life, for the distraught parents and the people who loved him all they want to see is that justice is done.
Questions were asked by all and sundry why the bar was still open past its closing time of 1am? The murder took place between 3.30am and 4.30am outside the bar, around the time when the young clubbers were leaving the premises.
The mayor, Yeo Boon Hai, was reported as saying after the murder that City Hall would look into the closing time issue, and would make a decision whether to close the bar down or not.
So far nothing more is heard of it. Actually, the bar should be shuttered down immediately. Period. If people who park their cars without putting a parking coupon get slapped with a minimum RM30 compound, then people who flout City Hall rules on operating hours should be dealt with more severely, or else the Mayor would be accused of being a pussy, or double dealer. Now Yeo Boon Hai is neither, is it.
These days, parents worry when their children go out clubbing, young adults they may be, it is the trouble they can get into that makes one lose sleep.
Drugs are easily available, and nobody knows how serious the problem is as we hardly hear anything about it.
As a result we don’t have the right information to make assessment of the real situation.
Everything is based on hearsay. Turning a blind eye on the problem is not an option.
Hopefully things are still manageable; we don’t want it to get so bad that we have to resort to killing people like in the Philippines in order to save the country.
Maybe the killing of the young man was one off which could have been avoided if cooler heads had prevailed.
Then how is that we have people running around with swords slashing other people at the slightest of provocation?
Do they seriously believe they can get away with it?
Maybe they do for reasons only known to themselves.
These ‘bouncers’ or security people – basically they are employed to calm down rowdy patrons who have had one too many – at bars and clubs must be checked by the cops before they are employed. They must come from clean backgrounds. We cannot have ex-convicts or violent persons who are quick on the draw, who end up slashing people or bashing them up even over small stuff.
Or drug abusers should not be employed here too. They may end up pushing drugs to patrons for a quick buck. Again, the police should carry this out quickly.
It is sad if they don’t care who they hurt or kill.
A reflection of our bigger and indifferent society, perhaps?
It’s time for a new political culture where clear visions, policies and ideas will be the drivers and not the same old tired, familiar faces who should be spending more time with their grandchildren
Another piece of jigsaw puzzle has fallen into place.
With the launch of Parti Harapan Rakyat Tuesday, local based opposition parties are inching towards a more united front to take on the Barisan Nasional this coming election.
Harapan president, Lajim Ukin said a roundtable discussion with all opposition parties in the State would be held after the holidays in forming a pact.
The thrust is only local based parties should contest the state seats whereas the peninsula- based parties with state set ups, contest in parliamentary seats, or stay out completely.
Whether this will come to fruition only time will tell. It will be soon enough. Parti Warisan is expected to come to Kota Kinabalu in January.
Whether they are agreeable to the idea suggested by Lajim or not could be made known by then.
Parti Harapan looks set to be with the United Sabah Alliance (USA), with the attendance of the head honchos of the other three components in the pact.
Most local observers think Parti Harapan on its own is not a force to be reckoned since its clout is limited to a few areas in and around Beaufort. It is also dogged by persistent rumours that it is sponsored by Barisan Nasional to split the votes.
To dispel the rumours, and to show there was no favour from the government, deputy president, Maijol Mahap had to make an announcement that it took the party 39 days and not one week as believed by many, to get it approved by the Registrar of Societies.
While the local parties are on the same page on Malaysia Agreement 63, autonomy and more oil royalty for the State, voters are also on the lookout for new faces and fresh ideas.
It’s time for a new political culture where clear visions, policies and ideas will be the drivers and not the same old tired, familiar faces who should be spending more time with their grandchildren.
The time has come for more dynamic young politicians to show their mettle this coming election.
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