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Monday, May 10, 2010

14-year-old Aminulrasyid Amzah

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KUALA LUMPUR: It is clear that 14-year-old Aminulrasyid Amzah was at fault in his shooting, leading him to being accidentally shot by police who were only discharging their duties, a clinical psychologist said.

Assoc Prof Dr Teoh Hsien Jin said the situation was getting out of proportion and that the public had overlooked the most important issue, which was that of a minor driving a car without a driving licence.

He said that as far as the law was concerned, such an act was an offence.

“The crime rate in Selangor is worrying and the police have taken the necessary steps to reduce crime in the state by putting more men on patrol to react to any perceived threat.

“A lot of violent crime takes place after midnight and a speeding car pursued by a group of motorcyclists fits the scenario perfectly,” said Dr Teoh who is the Head of the School of Natural Health and Sciences in Sunway University College.

Dr Teoh, a former journalist, said the usual procedure for policemen in a patrol car or at roadblocks would be to pull a suspicious car over and shine a torchlight into it.

“But the policemen may not have had the chance to do that in Aminulrasyid’s case as the minor sped off, which led to the police firing at the speeding car.

“Police on shifts are normally armed with automatic firearms because they do not know who or what they will be up against. You just have to react to dangerous situations.

“When they opened fire, it is likely that one stray bullet could have hit him. In the dark, they were probably shooting to stop the car,” said Dr Teoh, who was also a Territorial Army officer.

He said he sympathised with the Inspector-General of Police who had come under fire from various quarters for threatening to pull his men off the streets following a public outcry over the incident.

“They are already overworked and underpaid and politicising the matter does not help. It is only making them more frustrated and angry,” he said.

(Source: TheStar)

P/s: Whose fault? You tell me.

46 comments:

  1. Malaysian cepat sangat melatah...kalau yg silap, semua govt..semua yg govt buat tak betul..polis tak bagus etc...i just dont understand these mentality of ours.... :)

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  2. hej! Faisal...i guess the first to blame is the parents, second is the car owner, third is the boy(s), fourth is the biker (based on the diagram)...

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  3. i agree with rush...people alwiz nak blame kan gomen..kalo dh dok merantau ne..br la tahu betapa beruntungnya stay kt mesia ngan sistem yg ade skrang..mmg la tk de sistem yg perfect..but kerajaan malaysia ne kira bgs gk tau...:)

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  4. Yeah! Parents are the one who should be blamed. :(

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  5. If you are being chased by a group of motorcyclists and you try to run away for safety, you are considered to be worthy to be shot by police because the crime rate is high in Malaysia and the police force is underpaid??

    Imagine that it could be you in that car, trying to run away from a group of motorcyclists who want to hurt you.

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  6. i second u, ocean girl...

    and they have to fire so many shots to stop a car driven by a minor? really? how bad can they be at shooting, i wonder. din they have this 'shooting moving objects' kinda practice before? what a joke...

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  7. emmm.....no komen....

    salam takziah

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  8. aku pun nak ikut yanie lah.no komen.

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  9. What warrants the shooting, if no weapon was found? i dont know, i believe they are some kind of SOPs for a policeman to open fire,when his life is at risk, so can be made known of the SOPs...........

    It is easy to blame everyone, but i wont reasons being, as parent i reckon it is hard to discipline a 14 years old boy,( i was there, naughty naugthy ma, right?)

    Sometimes i really feel that the govermnet should have more avenues for the teens to drain out that excessive stamina,,,, build more parks within housing estates, just look at us here...we have so many housing estates, but so few parks, if no what i mean.............

    we were all young once,mischievious to the bone but thank god back then the influence back then was not so detrimental, now we have syabu, ice, you name it ,they have it. sad sad.

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  10. Wow! If i were there, I'm sure I can hear the gunshots and BAMM~ the accident of course. My house's so near.

    Hm, honestly, I blame the kid for SNEAKing outta the hosue at midnight. From the word SNEAK also, we can get a clear picture that he's avoiding his parents into knowing this. I don't blame the parents at all for not knowing any of these because x kan la parents nak psg CCTV kat bdn ank diorg to enable them knowing everything kn... and of course, 2ndly, I blame the police.

    Sgt x puas ati with everyone yg tros blame the police when things go wrong. Besides this guy's friends and schoolmates (termasuklah adek sy) yg kbanyakannya tros tuding jari kat kerajaan, people x patut pandang sebelah pihak je. Yg budak2 skola kwn2 dia nie, mmg la akan blame polis kn... Afterall, they are teenagers kn... Hurm...

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  11. like i said... our fault.

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  12. rush - hmm, maybe environment kot yang membuatkan masyarakat kita jadi macam ni. i suka tengok kedua-dua pihak terutama apabila menuding jari. kerajaan kata pembangkang, pembangkang kata kerajaan.

    :)

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  13. danial - i'd agree that the parent should be the first one to be pointed out :) but thing had happen. i just hope we can find the best solution for this case.

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  14. wahidah - dekat arab saudi macam mana wai? :)

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  15. I saw problems in two major parts in this case:

    1. The parents. Parents are responsible to watch their own kids.

    2. The police. I hate to read and hear how the IGP reacted on this case. Here you have a IGP how (my dad's words) "MERAJUK" when people start blaming the police. You have to react more maturely. People have the right to voice their concern on the police.

    tsk tsk

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  16. tekkaus - hmm, i still don't understand how come this underage kid could drive out their car?

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  17. ocean girl - your point is true too. just that he is underage and his parent should not let him drive with or without permission. i don't know. if i was the father, i would hide the key if i know that i can't trust my son.

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  18. insomniac - agree with you. i talked to our company police (which is not a real one, still got the police id though) and he said, all police have been practicing shooting moving or static object. they have law before using gun, if the 'enemy' has no gun, they can't use it. so, he said. no idea how true it is...

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  19. yanie - comment with no comment? :)

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  20. eugene - i agree with the warrant thingy. surprisingly, there was another case shooting teen. i wonder, is this a teen killing series? :) i even teased my friend who is going to marry a policeman end of this month by asking her, whether was that her hubby to be since he just became policeman recently :)

    yes, i was naughty too. but my parent never allow me to drive car, even ride a motorcycle. first, they worried of my safety. second, they didn't want to get summon ticket from police. so, i guess a kid who unfortunately naughty can't be a reason for defending a case.

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  21. TEI - hmm, your sister and friends point finger to government because they know they kid wasn't guilty? or simply because he was their good friend? i wonder :)

    hmm but thing happened.

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  22. bcd - i couldn't agree more :) merajuk? then when the second case happen, why not merajuk again?

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  23. I think it's both the parents and the kids fault. A 14 year old kid should know better, but that is probably where the parents are to be blamed comes in.

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  24. tammy - i agree. now, you make me think of those illegal racer in big town mostly, how come they can buy motorbike when they don't work? blame who?

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  25. wah sorry for my late visit, just got busy with the 2010 Presidential Election today.(haha my first time to vote!! just excited!^_^).

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  26. oh my... i think the most responsible here is the parent of that kid... ...
    i somehow felt pity for that kid..

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  28. rajie4:18 AM

    When things happen, it happened. We cannot turned back the clock. There are two sides of the coin.
    The most important is how to avoid all these in future. The family is already in sorrow, why must we rub salt to the wound.
    The government is also at fault for letting all these 24 hours outlets open for business.
    Life was much simpler when we have all the shops close early so that nobody have a reason to walk about at late hours.

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  29. rajie4:22 AM

    Anyway it is no use pointing fingers at anybody because everybody is at fault. The whole system is at fault. So we are at fault.

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  30. no komen..kesian kat family mangsa..at the same time kesian gak kat family yang tertuduh.

    sebab tu kalau boleh takmo pegang senjata eventho ada hak tuk bawak semasa bertugas.

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  31. Wrong place at the wrong time maybe... my sister and I discussed this issue and made the conclusion that you can't expect a minor to make good judgement... and at the same time, the police had no idea who was behind the car... you'd think a 14 year old would be happily dreaming away at that time of the day.

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  32. If I am the policeman, I would have shot at the car too since I can't see who is driving it.

    We should not blame the policeman for this as they have a duty to do.

    The boy is wrong in the first place for driving without license. It's just too bad that he panicked and drove recklessly. It's tragic but the parents would have to shoulder most of the blame in this case, IMHO.

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  33. blue - wow! that is a great experience. did you manage to snap some pictures?

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  34. blue - yes, but thing had happen. we just can hope that it won't happen again in the future... even though we already got second case.

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  35. blue - yay! at last! :)

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  36. rajie - well, for me there's nothing wrong with the 24 hours outlets. they're like 24 hours clinics, they're very useful whenever we need something urgently. but this is new thing for me, most of the comment pointed to the parent or police but you choose 24 hours outlet :)

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  37. rajie - i agree with this point. but who should correct all these?

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  38. mummysyafie - betul tu akak. senjata kadang kala boleh membuatkan orang menjadi 'gila'.

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  39. terra - hmm, what about if the parent keep the key safely? i wonder if the minor could behave such way, how come they put the key somewhere the kid could reach? i mean, they trusted him, totally?

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  40. foong - i want to know the result soon. hmm, also not to forget the second case.

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  41. faisal : saudian ne lg la mostly life without rules..rules kt tgn depa..sorry to say that...anak2 ne mostly nya kurang disiplin..benda plg simple...

    bole pulak ade one boy ne around 4 years kot..tgh dok mkn sumthing n then in front of me juz throw the bottle at my body...isk3...n the parents juz say sorry without scold his son..sempoi giler ar parents die..

    tu br cth sket..byk lagi..hehehe

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  42. wahidah - i pernah kena dekat hotel, anak-anak dorang lari-lari kat path between rooms. pening kepala. bising giler! tapi dorang cool je :)

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  43. Anonymous11:14 AM

    well as far as i concern.. the policeman who was on duty did his job in line wit the law.. if im not mistaken there is a criminal procedure code which highlighted de procedure 4 de policemen to shoot.. its under section 15 of CPC.(if im not mistaken).. based on the incident.. i would say that de policeman had a reasonable SUSPICION towards de deceased. during a chase.. did the policeman knew dat de driver was a minor? if he knew de answer would b diferent i guess.. but during de chase.. i would say that de policeman didnt hav de knowledge bout de minor. de way de deceased driving his car recklessly and drove fast would b sufficient 4 de policeman 2 believe dat de driver was not a minor and dats y de police had shot de car of de deceased..n accidently or maybe UninTEntIonAlly Shot de deceased Head.
    we cant blame de policeman.. they r doing they job. de deceased was at his fault by breaking de law in de 1st place...
    so govnmt r not liable 4 diz mess up.. even de policemen coz they doing their duty and de deceased parents should not 100% blame de police. it was their mistake 2 for failed 2 t8 care of their child..
    -just 2 share some opinion 2 u guys- :) 1malaysia.. :)

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  44. anonymous - i got your points :)

    there's no use looking back for the parent even tho i know how hurt it is, losing own kid. it's hard to imagine... if it happens to me.

    what they need to do is to protect and supervise their kids properly in the future. learn from the mistake...

    for the police, i think... they should find a solution to avoid this kind of cases to happen again in the future... not just this case, what about the 2nd one after this?

    hope the kid rest in peace... my condolence.

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