The Inspector-General getting some tips on gambling. All for training purposes only.
Now, if you read the story you will eventually find out that what the police 'say' they are doing is learning the skills to catch gamblers and cheats. Now, that's all very good. But what I laughed about was the way the PDRM chose to go about publicising their strategy. With their current public image I would imagine that the last thing the Inspector-General would do is to have photos of himself at a gambling table albeit a 'mock' one. Whatever the reasons given. "To catch a thief we need to think like a thief," said the IGP, Ismail Omar. I am sure that there were thousands of Malaysians who had a big laugh at that and might have even commented that the Malaysian police need no training in that area. All I can say is that my heart bleeds for all the honest, hard-working and lowly paid Malaysian police personnel who must have cringed when their big boss said that. But to be fair to the IGP when he was asked what kind of skills the policemen have acquired he replied, "That is confidential information. We do not want the enemy to know what we know." Yes of course.
And I must not forget to thank The Star's editors who have honed such a great sense of humour when coming up with photo captions for stories such as this......
When he was asked about abuse, the IGP smartly announced that he put his faith in his men. “Insya Allah (God willing), they will know their responsibilities and will not go against their badge,” he said.
Now to complete this great situation comedy I am waiting for JAKIM to come out with their take on this surely very HARAM practise of gambling.
What can we expect next from the IGP? Lessons on rape? Snatch theft? Mat Rempit motorcycle stunts?
Na, here's your gold medal. Can you give me a house ah?
On another page of The Star today there is a less amusing but nevertheless laughable story. The story is about Asian Games Gold medallist, Chai Fong Ying (pictured above). Chai won a Gold Medal for taijijian and taijiquan at the 16th Asian Games in Guangchou on Monday. That is an achievement worthy of recognition for a Malaysian sportswoman. But that isn't what is laughable. What is quite amusing is that Chai actually said to the Malacca Chief Minister, Ali Rustam when she met him, "I will appreciate it very much if the state can reward me with a house." I certainly hope that she meant it as a joke. Otherwise it will be a sad reflection of what levels we have sunk to as a nation.
Have a great weekend, folks!