Friday, December 19, 2008

retake on"give the kid a loaded gun, please"

A little over two and a half years ago I did this posting which I reproduce in toto below.

Strange is it not, that it is deemed a crime in Malaysia for kids to ride a bicycle around their own country promoting awarness, peace and high-lighting the plight of the marginalised ! These very same kids who are "not old enough" and taken advantage off, by "unscrupulous adults" of JERIT as declared by the Selangor police chief, were arrested recently at various police road-blocks along their route of "cycling for change" and detained in conditions that begs investigation, without food nor shelter from a thunderstorm in Rawang.

Why is this police chief so concern for the safety of these kids when the rest of the country is more concerned and anxious about the capture on ONE maniac and pervert predator who has been kidnapping, sexually abusing and even murdering little children in another part of the city for more then a year ? And this is not priority ONE, right, Mr. Police Chief ?

Children of any age need to be seen and not heard and it is the numero uno responsibility of every parent to make sure the environment is conducive for their growing-up, yes ? And when a parent signs a written consent allowing another adult to educate, guide and nurture their kid in the most favored and possible way, who gave this police chief the right to know what's best for the kids, huh ? Does this police chief even know where and what his kids are doing right now ?

Perhaps sending children, of objecting and reluctant parents, off to National Service must also be a calculated and preffered right of parents, ? Why Not ? Playing with guns is okay but ?

Tuesday, June 27, 2006

"Give the kid a loaded gun, please !!"

MY, my... I read with disapproval, and am TOTALLY against the idea of NS kids being given loaded guns to practise during their stint of 2, or is it 3 months. And that too, with an M16, which has a firing rate of 750-900 rounds of bullets per minute !

Have you seen the faces of some of the kids in the papers ?They are not even ready to decide for themselves IF they should go for NS..... mind you it's the government who decides on their behalf and how can they... IF... they were asked to decide if they were ready to handle an M16 going to say NO.. remember this is a training camp and kids, naturally don't want to be seen as "chicken' by their peers and fellow trainers !!

For gods sake this is not the Palestine or some gun-trotting nation where holding a weapon is a status symbol of power. If they really need to 'play' with guns, they can be encouraged to join the army or police forces after finishing their formal education AND when they are a little bit older and responsible !

Instead, teach them to understand and respect each others cultures and to live in harmony.... I'm being an idealist here but hey!! isn't that the first approach of NS ? To keep the kids separated or segregated for the first 17 years of their growing and learning years(in national or religious schools) and then try to achieve the impossible in 3 months !
Come on now... lets not be too quick to arm kids with guns or is there some profits to be gained by certain parties in the purchase of guns and bullets...Oh did I read somewhere that it costs 25cts. a bullet !!

I was once in a neighbour country and had the opportunity to be at a firing range...honestly just looking at the hundreds of various types of weapons laid out before me, made my stomach churn inside out!! Not because I was afraid.. but the thought of holding one of those guns in my hand and 'having the power to take the life of another with a single bullet' was not my idea of a peaceful world !And I was then 30 years old.Try giving flowers to one another instead !

Or better still, go and live for a year in another fellow Malaysians' home to learn about the other's religion, race and customs and it will be a whole lot damn cheaper!!!

My family and I will gladly open our house to anyone of these kids with the approval of their parents. And I mean KIDS!!

Cheers !


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