Traffic jam in Petaling Street, Kuala Lumpur. Photo from here.
This ain’t going to much of a comeback after such a long lay-off. But what to do? Brain halt syndrome.
Like many Malaysians, I am sure, I was pleasantly surprised to learn that our police force is one of the oldest if not the oldest police force in the entire planet! Hey, Malaysia Boleh man!
So when I glanced at the papers this morning and saw that there was something going on about some re-branding exercise my curiousity was pricked. Apparently, the Inspector-General of Police, Tan Sri Musa Hassan whom I only recently discovered is the brother of that fler with the botoxed smiley phrase “Whoooooooooooo wants to be a millionaire” and other wooden soap roles, wants to introduce a new vision and mission for the PDRM.
“Royal Malaysia Police Towards Global Distinction”
Great. It’s good to dream and hope.
“I have to make changes for the better for the re-branding of the force”
Good also. I sokong.
He also wants to enhance the level of training of police recruits. He wants to upgrade the efficiency of investigations. He wants to improve the service scheme of the force to attract more people into building a career in the force.
All very good la. Hopefully, his visions all filter down to his subordinate officers la.
On the front page of The Star today, Federal CID chief, Christopher Wan was quoted as saying that there is no need for members of the public to address police officers by other than a simple Encik or Puan. A Dato or Tuan will not get you preferential service, he said. WE TREAT EVERYONE EQUALLY was his claim.
I, for one have never been inclined to address any policeman by other than the name on his tag. But to say that these flers treat everyone equally is a bit much la. If that is true……
Why are the cars parked illegally at the corner of Jalan Sultan Ismail that curves around Lot 10 and other 5-star buildings like Starhill always those big Mercedes Benz’s and BMW’s more often than not with single digit plates? Why do I consistently witness traffic policemen shoo-ing away illegally parked Protons and MyVi’s and Kancils at the arrival hall driveway of the KLIA while the Mercs and Beemers appear to be above the law? And why are Mercs and Beemers and Lexus’s always parked on the leftmost lane of Jalan Sultan Ismail outside the Shangri-la Hotel, KL screwing up one whole road lane for road tax paying slobs like us. This despite the presence of a police pondok less than 20 meters away? Equal? Where got?
And then ah these flers say they want to make the PDRM regain public confidence in its credibility. So what has been happening the last few days?
The roads in and around Kuala Lumpur city center have been choked with bumper-to-bumper jams. Why? Those flers have been closing roads for preparations for some parade or celebration in conjunction with the bicentennial Police Day on March 25. Traffic policemen are nowhere to be seen. Probably busy marching up and down somewhere in preparation for the big day. Pissed a lot of Malaysians off I daresay. So much for one vision then. Hope the others work.