Friday, September 12, 2008

The Government Won't Control Rela. Perhaps This Court Judgement Will

From today's The Star
The High Court has ordered a Rela member to pay a former guest relations officer RM100,000 as damages for taking a picture of her relieving herself in a truck five years ago.

Justice Tengku Datuk Maimun Tuan Mat also told Mohamad Tahir Osman, 45, to pay costs and 8% interest until full settlement to Maslinda Ishak, 31, who is now a dental nurse.

The judge said what Tahir did was outside the scope of his duty which was to maintain security.She said that in taking the picture, Tahir had caused emotional damage to Maslinda.

The incident happened after Maslinda and several colleagues were arrested by Federal Territory Islamic Religious Department (Jawi) enforcement officers and Rela members during a raid at Kelab De Vegas in Jalan Imbi here at 11.30pm on March 21, 2003.

After the arrest, they were led into a truck. At 12.50am, when the truck was at Jalan Jejaka 5, Taman Maluri, Cheras, Maslinda asked to go to the toilet but was denied permission.

Instead, she was scolded and told to relieve herself in the truck.

She did what she was told behind a scarf held by several friends but suddenly Tahir came, pushed the friends aside, pulled the scarf and photographed her.

Maslinda brought the suit on April 25, 2003. She is seeking RM5mil in damages from Tahir, the Rela director-general, Jawi and the Government.

The judge ruled that the Rela director-general, Jawi and the Government could not be associated with Tahir’s actions.
***** This is the type of concern that all judges must clearly demonstrate, that they will not tolerate such perverted behaviour by those who claim to be on official government duty. Justice Tengku Datuk Maimun Tuan Mat should be praised for handing down this punishment which will serve as a deterrent and warning to others in Rela and elsewhere.

What the government should have done but is most reluctant to do, to provide justice and relief to the victim, has been fulfilled by the courts. Shame on the kerajaan.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

i think many (not all of course) ppl who volunteer for Rela are just plain sickos. i met this guy who enjoys bashing up illegal immigrants every chance he gets. he is even proud to say where can u get paid allowance to kick ass!

1:19 PM GMT+8  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A pervert alright. Rela should also be held responsible as the guy is under them and on duty. People who work for a good and responsible organization would not behave in such a manner. Too many of such perverted incidents have been linked to Rela in the past. Want to bet that this is not the last?


1:26 PM GMT+8  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

In my opinion, the court's ruling did not do enough to make it a deterrent. If the Rela DG, Jawi & Government is not responsible for the 'irresponsible' act of a Rela's personnel when he is on official duty than who is? It looks to me that the DG, Jawi & Government aint' need to do anything - as far as they are concern, nothing is wrong!

Semua Tak OK!

3:16 PM GMT+8  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

First off, he should have been sacked & jailed!
RELA & the Govt. are responsible for this creep. They should also bear the responsibility.
However, we all know better than to expect that here!

4:07 PM GMT+8  
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1:03 AM GMT+8  
Blogger DIASPORA said...

Sex depraved perverts of this sort need not only be fined but whipped in public so that immigrant workers can also see what we do to RELA persons who rip them of their earnings day after day without the least sense of human decency.

Is it not time that this depraved Organisation was disbanded for the sake of improving at least the present atrocious bad name of Malaysia in countries like India, Bangla, Indonesia etc.

Zimbabwe and Burma would not care because siimilar simians run rife in their own countries.

The firsr fellow to be kicked off is the RELA Boss who has no sense of discipline or administrative knowledge and merely panders around showing his baton of rank. Following him must be another menagerie of more sickos. Why on Earth has Malaysia come to such depths of depravity after Independance and more so about 30 years after Independance.

10:06 PM GMT+8  

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