A 15 year old school boy was shot dead in the middle of the night. What a shocker!
While waiting for more details to come out, one thing is sure. There must be a stricter rule governing the use of firearms by enforcement officers including the police. Unless they face a life threatening situation, and this case, apparently they were the one chasing the boys and not the other way round; they are therefore not in immediate danger of life, why should they shoot to kill?
There must be a thorough investigation and anyone who has breached the standard procedure for firing a gun must be charged and justice dispensed.
Having said so, I must admit that I do not have too much faith in any investigations being independent and fair. Just look at TBh’s case; there are simply too many unresolved riddles. The case simply has too many holes and not all aspects have been fully covered.
On the other hand, this shoot-to-kill case brought to my mind a trend that is worrying. Youngsters are spending too much time outside at night.
The whole Klang valley is a city that never sleeps. If you care to go out at night, there will be people — on the roads, sitting in Mamak stalls or drinking joints . These people are mainly youngsters that never sleep; or rather they sleep while we are awake and they are actively doing their ‘things’ while we are asleep.
Even cinemas are taking advantage of these youngsters. Midnight shows used to be on Saturday, but now, you see cinemas advertising midnight shows even in the weekdays.
Another worrying trend is that more and more people are disregarding the traffic rules. This has become like a lawless country. People run red lights; people park in no parking zones; people going the wrong direction in one-way streets. Simply put, people are doing what they like regardless of traffic rules.
Now, even a 15 year old is driving a car. I doubt he has any formal driving lessons. When put in a panic situation, what do you expect him to do? To run of course!. This kind of behaviour maybe due to peer pressure, but the ultimate responsibility must lie with the parents.
Why do they allow the child to go out so late at night? 2 am, my God!
Why do they allow a 15 year old to drive? Are they not aware that their child is driving illegally? If they are not aware of all these, then they have failed in their roles as parents and guardians. A 15 year old still needs to be guided and watched. He is not an adult yet.
I am sad that these things are happening. But to be frank, allowing a child so young to drive and go out at night is inviting disaster to happen.
What has Malaysian society become?
(This post is caried in the breaking view of Malaysian Insider)