Monday, February 2, 2009

A.Kugan – A Hero or Criminal? 古甘-是英雄或罪犯?

The death of A.Kugan, a suspected car thief has created a controversy that has the potential of becoming a racial conflict.

The circumstance of A.Kugan’s death led to speculation that he was victim of police brutality. A.Kugan was a suspect and until proven in court, he is innocent.

While it may be difficult to illicit information from the suspect, the right of the suspect should be respected. The police have not done a good job in explaining his death and this must have led the victim’s family to demand a second post mortem.

A healthy young man should not die while in police custody. What causes his lung to have fluid (probably a pleural diffusion) should have triggered senior police officer to probe further since a healthy person would not have fluid in the lung without an underlying cause – infection, trauma and etc.

Failing to identify this must have triggered the family outburst.

The 2 Deputy Ministers have no choice but to be at the mortuary on the requests of A.Kugan family members. They are doing their work as MP and if they have not shown up, they will be bombarded by the family members and public. To their credit, their intervention led to the Deputy Prime Minister to request for a 2nd post mortem.

When it comes to 2nd post mortem, the police have been very defensive rather than helpful to manage what is obviously a PR disaster by the police.

This only serves to provoke anger among family members and public. The police have a job to do; they should be doing it well and beyond suspicion of a possible cover up about the actual cause of death of A.Kugan.

The harsh statement by the Minister of Internal Security only serves to ignite more anger.

Of course we all agreed that issue like this should not be politicized or assume a racial overtone.

The poor handling of this case certainly serve to strengthen the Hindraf claim of marginalization of a particular ethnic group in our country.

Common sense and professionalism should prevail. The police need badly a PR course in handling the press and aggrieved family members.

Arrogance and the know-all attitudes among some police offices will only further alienate public co-operation with the police.

Let’s hope that the 2nd post mortem will shed more light into A.Kugan’s death. Whoever is responsible for his death should be dealt with promptly. Only then it will serve to restore some confidence and respect among the people towards our police force.

Meanwhile, the police and the doctors involved in the post mortem should be allowed to do their work.

偷车疑犯古甘阿南达之死,掀起了一场可能会引发种族冲突的争议。

古甘的也死引起猜测,怀疑他是警察暴力的受害者。虽为嫌犯,直至法庭宣判有罪以前,他仍是无辜的。

向嫌犯套口供非易事,但嫌犯的权力也应被尊重。在古甘的事件,警方没有详加解释其死因,以致死者家属要求第二回验尸。

一个健康的年轻人不可能无端端在扣留所里暴毙。死者肺部为何出现积水(可能因胸膜扩散),高级警官理应展开进一步调查,因为一个健康的人若非受到感染、外伤等,绝不会出现肺积水的现象。

当局未能确定这点,因而导致死者家属悲愤填膺。

鉴于死者家属的要求,两位副部长别无他法必须现身太平间。其实,他们也是在履行国会议员的职责。若两人没有出现,必将受家属、民众等千夫所指。他俩的介入,也促使副首相要求当局进行第二回验尸。在这方面,两位副部长应记一功。

事情演变到第二回解剖验尸,警方本应力补公共关系处理失当的弱点,惟当局反而显得层层设防。

这样做只会进一步激怒死者的家属和民众。警方必须执行他们的职责,而且须执行得当,侦查古甘真正的死因厘清疑点。

至于内政部长严厉的声明,只会点燃众怒,让更多人生气。

当然,我们都认同类似的课题不该被政治化,或被套上种族色彩。

此案件若处理不当,必将加强兴都权益委员会所提出的我国边缘化特定族群的申诉。

警方必须具备常识和展现专业精神。警方也迫切需要接受应对媒体及愤恨家属的公共关系培训。

部分警员傲慢和自以为是的态度,只会疏远人民和警方和合作。

让我们期望第二回解剖结果能进一步解释古甘的死因。任何涉及致死他的人应当受到对付。唯有这样才能恢复人民对警方的信心和尊重。

与此同时,让负责此案的警员和医生去执行他们的工作吧。

17 comments:

Shiok Guy said...

Dear CSL!

Congratulation in MCA election! I know you will be back!!

You need to look into your colleague My Syed Hamid.. His comment and my feedback here..

http://shiokguy.blogspot.com/2009/01/criminals-as-heroes-syed-hamid.html

Shiok Guy

I swear said...

Kugan is neither a hero nor a criminal.

He is not a hero as he has not done anything heroic. So like most people, I do not worship or idolise him.

He is not a criminal as he has not been tried in a court of law and found guilty. So I sympathise with his family.

He was just a victim of brutality and suspected car thief.

amoker said...

Both CPO and the doctor who did the first post mortem should take responsibility and resign. Such incompetence.

justpassingthru said...

can you please explain why as health minister you failed to resolve the queebn elizabeth hospital tower block problem. do you know poor planning has created a mess in health services in the general hospital for sabah. please oh please explain that to we sabahans. i know they say you were a go getter in solving health matters but u failed at qeh.
sorry for going out of the topic

telur dua said...

The answer to your question is neither. He is just a criminal suspect and must be accorded due process of the law.

Kugan is just a Malaysian who died under mysterious circumstances while in Police custody. This is what the people are disgusted with, nothing more.

吾説八道 (林伯芳) said...

May GOD bless the true.

afn21896 said...

A suspect is entitled to the due process of law.

No country should have its police force assuming the role of prosecutor, judge and executioner.
I don't pay tax nor help to develop this country so that a Mugabe type tyranny can be sanctioned.

No one is glorifying Kugan.
He had unfortunately became the igniting point of the rakyat against police tyranny.

shltplnk said...

Have you ever heard of a doctor doing the post mortem then challenging the government? Apparently not in Malaysia!

bantiek said...

The police are not above the law. Whoever has committed a wrongdoing should be brought to book. The first autopsy said that there was fluid in the lungs and the cause of death for the second autopsy is yet to be known.I wonder if it takes that long (1 month)to know the result. Should there be any glaring disparity between the two autopsies, the Health Minister is held responsible to give an explanation. Was the first autopsy conducted professionally or was there any cover up ?

chchoo said...

We should remain focus on the actual issue. Someone (and possibly more) lost his life under police custody, and this brutal act (or accident) must not happened again. It has created fear among the public and we are losing confidences on our protector whom we should have trusted most. Let's not let others deviate our attention on the real issue. We need to look deep into the detention procedures and ensure that whoever detained by the police has the right to inform their friends and relatives in the first instance, and may be for medical reason as well.

Old Fart said...

It is because the police force is made up of drop-outs and idiots that to them the only means of eliciting information and/or confessions are through brutal force and barbarism.

Why is intelligent questioning not eliciting any information? Simple answer, there is lack of inteligence or intelligent people among the ranks of the police.

In all reality, the PDRM is really no better than a licensed set of hooligans and thugs who are allowed to operate within what is purportedly a legitimate way.

anil said...

Dr. Chua,

I agree with Shltpink's comment. With so many suspects died while they were in the custody, so far no doctor (as far as I know)who perform the post mortem did challenge the authority (either the govt. or the police). They are just do the formality without even looking for clues or evidence of wrongdoing.

Then who made Kugan a hero in the first place? It is the attitude of the top police officers and the comment of our Yameni home minister who speak without commonsense that people feel more angry. They tend to make things become more complicated. Do you notic ewhenever our Yameni home minister speaks, people become more angry. Just like Ahmad Ismail's case, he said the purpose of detaining Tan Hoon Cheng under ISA is to protect her....... How illogic and no sense! I wonder how and why he can become a minister.

Vesu said...

DS , Kugan is a suspect and he cannot be a hero ; he was a victim of police act because he was not tried in the court but was 'murdered' in lock up.
Our Pontian MP cum home minister asked the public not to hero worship Kugan ; I think people are not hero worshipping him, similar statement was released when Bentong Kali was shot. Look , a criminal is a criminal - we do not recognise their role and strongly condemn it BUT as home minister he should ensure that police conduct is proper and according to procedures - police is human too - we dont call them satan like what he suggested . so for a senior minister to come out with such a statement is really a SHAME

Mike said...

翁诗杰又再发新片了,这次唱的是,过去一个月里马华没偷懒,内部各局勤奋练兵,已开创出一套全新兵法,兵法内容如何?实属高度机密,唯恐他人抄袭使用,暂时无可奉告。

机密的程度为何?想来直逼奥巴马触发核武的密码!否则怎么连二当家都还丈八金刚摸不着头脑,无缘得窥其蕴?可怜的二哥,也得跟党外人士一样,痴痴的等待三月一日的来临。这个政纲里,当然没有“老二”,说得明白些,“翁氏政纲?有‘老二’才怪!"。

马华自去年十月党选以来,开过的会议着实不多,除了借媒体之夜仓促筹组的会长理事会会议之外,中央委员会形同虚设,早已违反党章,超过两个月不见会议踪影了,如今一个突然,就生出个筹备个把月的政纲来,实在形同儿戏!

大家都睁着眼睛等待,看看这个为了交待而预先卡位的政纲会带来什么有趣的变化。问题是,难道翁诗杰在当选总会长之前,根本就没想过需要度撰政纲这回事吗?为何上位已逾百日,尚自无法提供一个明确的方向,至今还得放话再拖一个月?

说他尊重团队,欲事先与领导同志斟酌?那似乎太荒谬了些!没有会议,何来商榷?更何况难得的两次会议,都旨在公布“入围名单”,除了史无前例,专门针对政府政策监督局的“官方封口令”之外,可说是连小事都没见达成一件,党政纲领?看来又是没头没脑的个人创作了。

所幸翁诗杰急智过人,知道自己劣行满盈,势头不太好,因此先打出个拖字诀镇场,免得底细让人摸清了,知道草包一个没料到,后果可就惨不堪言了。

所以接下来的日子,翁诗杰可有得忙了,不用胡猜,他当然不会笨到忙着撰写政纲。翁某别的没多,养的枪手倒可真的不少,写政纲这回事,三两下就有着落了,何劳他老人家用心?

那么,他又得忙些什么呢?当然是争取时间,封爵赐位、散金买兵、争强掠地,再找些爱出风头的元老和收买回来的政敌,弄几个“大团结”画面,手上媒体争相报导,包装得天下太平一般。反正预先卡位的政纲都说得出口了,还有什么做不出来的?拖时间、搞内斗、造神化,可都是他的强项。

Darick said...

Shit Hamid always talk rubbish:
- Sin Chew arrested under ISA, he said is for her 'PROTECTION'

- Kugan death in polis custody was an issue of HUMANTARIAN & of POLIS BRUTALITY/MURDER !!!
& Kugan was not tried in court then how can he's a criminal?

but we as Rakyat would to thank Hamid & his regime for their arrogant & oppression to d nation & united d Rakyat...... wait till nex GE, Rakyat's court will sentence regime 'DEATH' !!!!!

Low said...

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Low said...

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