Monday, December 18, 2006
Mat Rempit Menace
The main problem with the UMNO deputy youth chief Khairy Jamaluddin is his poor judgement. Seen by certain quarters as an urbane and cosmopolitan young politician, Khairy has choosen to side with the dark forces. Perhaps it is his wish to be seen as an arrogant, angry and narrow-minded communalist in order to serve his own political benefit.
Instead of celebrating equality and meritocracy, he is promoting a pivotal race. As a foreign educated person, he knows fully well that today's towering personality is not skin deep. A person's value is being measured by what he can contribute to the society. Recently at a component party convention, he warned Malaysians against abuse of their freedom to speak.
However, the Centre for Public Policy Studies (CPPS) -headed by Ramon Navaratnam - today expressed its regrets and disagreements over Khairy’s ominous warning. “On the contrary, the CPPS maintains that the government should continue to increase openness, and encourage more public discussion on government policies as Malaysia has certainly matured in its democratic development in the last 50 years since Merdeka. He added “Any reversal of this growing freedom of speech will be a retrograde move and will only stifle the further maturing of our Malaysian democracy.”
I am sure many Malaysians still remember and are still upset over Khairy's move to embrace and rebrand the Mat Rempits. Many wonder why a UMNO deputy youth chief would want to waste his time and the country's resources on the menace of our society when there are thousands of poor indigenous people who are really in need of his hug and support.
Thousands of mat rempits have since joined UMNO Putera. The good gestures of UMNO youth leaders such as Khairy are being repaid in more menace to the society. A recent case in Penang speaks volume of the infallability of the UMNO youth leaders. A group of mat rempits vandalised a perodua kancil in an attempt to rob the passengers.
A scary account of a victim:
We thought they were after the helmet that we ran through and we apologized to them. They shouted at us to get out of the car. Panicked, we locked the car. One of the guys started hitting the driver seat windscreen with his helmet and smashed the windscreen. They then unlocked the car. One guy grabbed my handbag which I've placed near to the gearbox. The other guys opened the right door behind the driver seat and grabbed my sister's bag pack. At that very same moment, they threw a whole lot of an unidentified powder (which we later find out that it might be sulfur) which caused us to lose our vision and suffocate. Another guy opened the back door on the left and start grabbing my friend's waist pouch but to no avail. They gave up and sped away.
Later after the incident, my dad told us that as soon as he got out of the car, he saw 2 guys approaching and shouted to him about the helmet. When he is facing the guys, they shouted that they want bag. He is scared for the safety of the girls; therefore, he held both his hands up to indicate 'slow down and I'll give you'. That was when they started to surround him until he has no space to move and snatched off his wallet from his back pocket. My dad then made a turn to have a look at the girls and at that instance; he was attacked with the powder which caused him to lose his vision and breath.
It all happened in less than 2 minutes. In this incident, we lost approximately RM 3500 including cash, hand phones, a digital camera, a smashed windscreen, and a damaged interior of the car.Worse, all four of us were traumatized by the incident. We could have lost our lives. While we were lodging police report at Balai Polis Perai, another girl came to lodge a police report at the same police station. She too was followed and robbed by a group of 20 over Malay guys on motorcycles, whom the police suspected were committed by the same gang. The policemen who have came to us and whom we met at the police station seems to be aware of the so-called Mat Rempits and what they have been doing, and they pitied us with what happened. One of them even commented that "we were lucky that they did not sprayed chilly powder instead". ( this is what they can do-empathy)We also need to highlight that we arrived at the police station at approximately 5.30am . The entire report process took us around 6 hours which was also ridiculous.
The incident was reported on Star Newspaper dated 11th Dec 2006, on page 26. Nonetheless, the content of the report was inaccurate. The report itself sounded like "just another robbery".
This is a real abuse of freedom. What is Khairy going to do about it??? Continue to embrace the mat rempit and call them mat cemerlang?
Get real. Who the hell is Khairy?