Is it not hypocritical that this same Minisiter, who is responsible for the Malaysian police, do not seem to have expressed similar sentiments when Malaysian police have killed so many in 'shoot to kill'. Surely, those alleged criminals shot dead by Malaysian police could also be rehabilitated...
Terrorist Noordin Md Top, who was shot dead by Indonesian police, could have been rehabilitated.
Home Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein said he was sad to hear about the death.
“What he did was wrong. We don’t condone what he did. I am sad that we did not get to rehabilitate him, like we have done with many others, including Jemaah Islamiah militants.
“I am sad because a life is a life,” he told reporters after watching personnel from the police, Rela, Civil Defence Department and Rescue and Safety Department carry out Ops Sikap at the Jalan Duta toll here.
Noordin, a militant mastermind who eluded capture for nine years and terrorised Indonesia with a string of deadly bombings, was killed during a shoot-out in central Indonesia yesterday.
Hishammuddin said the Government would help Noordin’s family bring the body back after the authorities completed their investigations.
He said Noordin’s identity had been confirmed through a fingerprint check but a DNA test would be conducted to verify the result.
Hishammuddin said Malaysia had cooperated with all parties, including Indonesia, in cross-border crime, but added that Malaysia had no part in yesterday’s raid. - Star, 18/9/2009, Hisham: Noordin could have been rehabilitated
If one is interested in rehabilitation, then you must first give the person a fair trial, and after he pleads guilty...or is found guilty after a trial ...then, you can start your process of rehabilitation, and that too if the said person want you to do so.
It is also very wrong to brand people as criminals or terrorists... for all is to be presumed innocent until proven guilty.
The Star is wrong in using the term "Terrorist Noordin Md Top" - and rightly should use the term 'suspected terrorist' or 'alleged terrorist'.
Some incidents of 'shoot to kill' reported in the media that I saw in August 2009...
24/8/2009 - Star, 24/8/2009, Four Indonesian robbers killed by police
21/8/2009 - Star, 21/8/2009, Two robbers shot dead in Klang
11/8/2009 - - Star, 11/8/2009, Four wanted Indonesians killed by police
See earlier post - Another 'shoot to kill' incident - 4 killed.Yahoo has this question now that need answers: Do you agree that Malaysian police tends to shoot to kill?