An Article by Voon Lee Shan
The state owes a duty to the citizens to protect their lives, liberty and property in reciprocal for allegiance of citizens to the state. If the state through her officers who are custodians and trustees of our law can act anyhow and or at their whims and fancies, then the institution of good governance and democracy will collapse and will throw the country in chaos and anarchy.
Any malicious, scandalous and vilified act caused to a citizen and his family can also happen to officers and their families, friends and relatives of officers who got the guts to clothe themselves with tigers’ hides to abuse their powers to the detriment of country and citizens. The swords can also be near to their throats too if they act irresponsibly to bring country to chaos and anarchy.
To government officers who got the guts to clothe themselves with tiger’s hides and abuse their powers to the detriment of country and citizens, the swords can also be near to their throats too if they act irresponsibly to bring this country to chaos and anarchy.
As loyal citizens and officers of the state we may wish to know that the pillar of justice, equality, unity and harmony among citizens in this country and the relationship between citizens and state are built on the tenets of Rukunegara in which, had been engraved and declared as our country’s national philosophy instituted by a royal proclamation, more than forty years ago, to guide our nation to greater heights. It is engraved as first tenet of Rukunegara that we are to believe in God. Unless one is an atheist, we are aware our authority and powers are from God, and should we as trustees abuse the authority and powers God had entrusted us?
To me, who am a believer, since our authority and powers are from God, how we are to exercise our authority and power, I fear, will be judged by none other, but, by God. I say this, because I recall and in which is still clear in my mind, what one learned judge when delivering a judgment in a recent case, reminded parties present in her court of “divine justice.” Here, I humbly remind myself as God’s humble servant, no matter how high a person is and no matter how powerful, strong and wealthy he can be, although God is merciful and slow to punish, I fear if God judge us and justice is from God, once judgment passed, it will be perfect; it can be non-appealable and irreversible.
At the same time, we also don’t want officers as custodians of the law to defend plunders and participate in plundering the nation and criminalize the weak and innocent citizens because they will surely not find favour with our king and judges.