Malaysian Police Should Erase The Perception That It Is Trigger Happy

30/4/2010

Malaysian police need more tolerance and go the extra mile before taking decision to shoot the suspects. Erring in shooting decision is fatal and there is no turning back. Therefore shooting decision should not be used at all unless the police officer is absolutely sure that they are shooting a criminal.  

The shooting of 15 years old Aminulrasyid Amzad by police early on Monday is another judgmental error by Malaysian police. In all the previous fatal shooting incidences there was no proper probe and no police officer was charged or faced action. Police force is being less accountable and transparent lately.

On the 30th October 2009 police shot another innocent victim Norizan Salleh on the Gombak highway. Based on Suaram report there were 39 deaths from police shootings in 2009 and 44 similar deaths in 2008. These numbers do not take into account the death in police custody.

While it is the police duty to keep away robbers and criminals from the streets, shooting suspects should not be the way to solve it. There seem to be lack of police competency and diligence in executing their job. Police need to be more alert and vigilant but at the same time caring and concern for the general welfare of society at large.

In countries like UK with larger population than ours, the incidences of police shooting are negligible. We have to learn from them as to how they do it. Malaysians deserve better protection and service from our police forces. There must be compulsory independent inquests on police shooting and death in custody after every incident reported. There is a need for police force to be none political and partisan in executing their work. There is a clear need for more professionalism and skill in protecting a more urbanized and educated society.

Senator Ramakrishnan

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