Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Tourism?

Thissounded so wrong.

Noting that Beh's victims were foreign tourists, he said: “The image of the country as a tourist destination will be marred. They will take terrifying stories to their countries.

You do not keep a rapist in jail because of tourism. You keep a rapist in jail as a deterrent, punishment, for justice and for public safety. Not for the sake of tourism.

I've have had it with supposedly intelligent adults using tourism as their favourite reason. From politicians and civil servants to the average joe-on-the-street. Whatever is wrong with people? Geez!

We did not report the air quality index because we didn't want to scare tourist away. As if they couldn't see the visuals on print and TV. We accuse opposition politicians of having vested interest (What interest by the way? Oh what malicious intentions do they have? Tell me, please. Save us from their treachery. Oh my saviours, save us) and scaring tourists away when they expose the high-handedness of police actions. How interesting, especially the crux of the matter is of police abuse and human dignity and not freaking tourism! We have laws to protect our heritage (which by the way is rarely respected...just look at the gaudy paint they use on heritage buildings and the very efficient demolition squads demolishing old buildings in the name of development) and states like Penang want to be a World Heritage Site because they say, it is good for tourism. Hello? We need to protect our heritage because these artifacts have cultural value, because they mean something to us as a nation, as people. As people who have toiled to build this country. As a remembrance to the past achievements and failures. As stories of our forefathers.

This is just so wrong.

3 Comments:

At January 25, 2006 3:16 pm, Blogger MisSmall said...

But he's going to spend at least 60 years in jail already. Since he's 39 years old, it doesn't make sense for him extend his jail term again just to wave the whipping. How long did he think he's gonna live?

And I do agree with Justice Abdull Hamid's decision to not reduce his whipping sentence. He deserves it. It's nowhere near compared to the sort of emotional and physical pain he has caused on his victim anyway.

He's a low life scum. No form of punishment can reverse what he's done. Just my 2 cents worth.

On a different note, the article didn't make much sense.

"Justice Abdull Hamid said offenders such as Beh, who targeted tourists to fulfil his sexual desires should be kept in jail for a longer time in the public's interest."

But we're not talking about extending his jail term.

Sorry for the long comment, I just can't comprehend Beh's behaviour.

 
At January 25, 2006 3:24 pm, Blogger Resurrected said...

Princess Poo Poo : Oh I do agree with whipping scums like that. But that damn article just triggered me with the stupid judge's remarks on tourist being involved. To me there is no distinction, tourist or not, there are all victims. And the judge shouldn't even bother with that sort of comment. Go straight to : it's a heinous crime, cannot be forgiven, appeal thrown out.

 
At January 26, 2006 12:18 am, Blogger iblogme said...

Next time we want to 'champion' or protect anything, make sure that tourists/tourism are involved.

I hope that Beh gets his just 'dessert' when he is in prison. I hope he gets it each day of the >21,000 days that he is serving term.

 

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