(Petaling Jaya, Wednesday): The Perak Mentri Besar, Datuk Seri Mohamad Tajol Rosli is to be commended in taking action to fulfil his pledge of offering land to the family of the late Sjn R. Sagadevan who was one of the two security personnel killed in Sauk in the Al-Ma’unah hostage-killing last month.
Last week, I had urged the police authorities to emulate the armed forces by awarding a posthumous "double promotion" to Sagadevan as the army had acted on my proposal on August 3 and awarded the other victim of the Al-Ma’unah atrocities, commando Mathew Medan, a posthumous "double promotion". I am surprised that the Police is lagging so far behind the armed forces in doing what is right for Sagadevan.
It has been reported that the collections by Sagadevan’s family so far totalled RM225,139 while it was reported last week that total collections received by Mathew’s family in contributions and rewards stood at RM213,448.
No amount of money can ease the pain and loss of the two families for the murder of their loved ones, but in appreciation of their sacrifices for the country, the least the government should do are:
Undoubtedly, what is most important and uppermost in the minds of the two bereaved families is not posthumous "double promotions", national honours or monetary contributions, but that full justice is done in the inhumane killing of Sagadevan and Mathew.
The families of Sagadevan and Mathew as well as ordinary Malaysians are still waiting for an explanation by the Attorney-General Tan Sri Mohtar Abdullah or the respective Ministers involved, Home Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Badawi and Defence Minister Datuk Najib Tun Razak, why nobody has been charged for the murder of their loved ones.
Charging Al-Mau’nah members involved in the arms heists and hostage
killings under Section 121 of the Penal Code for "waging
war against His Majesty’s Government" which carries the dealth penalty
or life imprisonment and fine is not satisfactory at all, and is a great
disappointment to both families who expect more serious charges to be invoked
like murder, armed robbery, kidnapping, attempted murder, attempted
robbery and firearms offences under the Firearms (Increased Penalties)
Act some of which carry the mandatory death sentence.