The Home Ministry wants to engage the mat rempit to help fight crime in the country. Describing the idea as out-of-the-box thinking, Home Minister Hishammuddin Hussein said the ministry had asked selected non-governmental organisations and groups to enlist the bikers' co-operation in the fight against crime.
Calling this an 'out-of-the-box thinking' goes to show that our minister is really suffering from a serious mental block or he is totally not qualified to hold the position. Any credible home minister would have instructed his top home security officials to come out with a comprehensive plan and strategy to curb and combat crime.
Second, he should address the issue of a lack of police personnel doing patrolling and just desk jobs. He should be mindful not to abuse security forces to meet political ends or using them to stop freedom of assembly and expression.
The full brunt of security forces should be used to protect and guarantee public safety.
Hence, using mat rempit to help fight crime is not even an idea, let alone an 'out-of-the-box thinking'. It epitomizes Hishammuddin's state of mind and his suitability to continue serving as our home minister. No wonder, he has a knack to ignore distortions in crime statistics posted by his ministry.
I am not looking down on these mat rempits. The right thing to ask them to do is to get a job and help contribute to this nation's development. By getting themselves duly employed, we do not have to rely on so many foreign workers.
Second, these mat rempits are not trained and equipped to handle criminals. What if some of them get hurt or killed in the process of fighting crime? Will Hishammuddin be responsible for their safety?
What if these mat rempits take Hishammuddin's instruction and suggestion too seriously and start to act like enforcement officers and abuse their 'power'? Will Hishammuddin be responsible for their action and behaviour?
What is some of the criminals are fellow mat rempits too? Can we depend on them to take action against their own kind? Afterall, they are not paid to do the policing job.
If Hishammuddin is keen on this 'idea', he should encourage these mat rempits to attend interviews and apply for positions in the security forces.
The last thing Hishammuddin should do is to belittle our intelligence with his so-called idea and out-of-the-box thinking.
If our current home minister is feeling the fatigue, he can volunteer to step down and allow a fresher person to take over.