How to Save a Life

Quoting the news article by Andrew Sagayam and Wong Pek Mei on Nation page three yesterday, “They are not just ordinary backyard school bullies – at just 14 and 16, they are already hardcore gangsters and now, sadistic rapist.”

Yesterday’s The Star revealed horrifying facts about  school children gone bad in a god-forsaken school in Rawang.  Apparently, a form two girl have been subjected to repeated raping by her classmate over a three week period. “A medical examination carried out revealed that a 4cm-long pencil had been lodged in her private parts.” “A friend of the victim claimed that a bottle of minyak cap kapak (medicated oil) was emptied into the victim’s private parts.”

If all these stories is true…

What the heck is going on in the mind of these kids?!

How on earth did they lose control of themselves to the point of subjecting a fellow classmate to such torture?!

The first question that came to mind was, what were the parents of these kids doing?

Possibility numero uno: The father is a drunken old geezer who treats his wife like sh*t. Kid follows bad example.

Possibility secondo: The kid is raised in an orphanage – life is so hard they just had to get it out of their system by subjecting a fellow classmate to unimaginable cruelty. Maybe its like in the award-winning movie Slumdog Millionaire, where Jamal and Salim led a very difficult childhood. Mother died in the Bombay Riot, they were nearly trapped in the world of child exploitation and had to do petty crimes to fend for themselves. In the end, the elder brother Salim ended up as a gangster working for a crime lord and Jamal a chai-wallah (tea server) at an Indian call centre.

Say what you like but even the slums in Malaysia is many times better than those in the neighbouring countries (there’s Astro and electricity).  If they think their life is hard, there are hundreds of thousands of others who are having a harder time.

Another question is how the girl got raped.

You will need to walk a certain distance across the school compound to get to the gangsters’ den. Maybe the girl was chloroformed and the boys dragged her across the school compound. Maybe the girl was hypnotised and she walked there without being conscious of it. Or perhaps the girl was so naïve she was easily tricked to go over to the gangsters’ place. If the rape occurred in the toilet, there is no way for the girl to run but the incident was reported occurring at the gangsters’ hideout. Nobody can carry or drag a body unnoticed (in broad daylight) for even 50 meters. And this incident happened more than once. Perhaps also by the same culprit.

Third question; what have the teachers been doing all this while?

These sort of incidents do not happen in a day or two. It is a buildup of the many little things which have been going on for a long time. The gangsters are only 14-16 years old and full-fledged adults cannot handle them? Teachers are responsible to what happens to their students within the school compound. Are they turning both eyes blind to all the happenings around them? The crimes the students commit are not simply petty thefts, they can be hanged to death if they were proven guilty as an adult!

These boys have lost their innocence at such a young age, and their future is already beginning to lay waste.  It may be from the point of view the news article was written that all these things sound very terrible, but these boys are at a point of no return. To all parents, brothers, sisters and friends out there – look out for your child, your siblings and your friends.

As he begins to raise his voice

You lower yours and grant him one last choice

Drive til you lose the road

Or break with the ones you’ve followed

-The Fray “How to Save a Life”

May God bless all of us.

One Response to “How to Save a Life”
  1. adilin says:

    that’s a good observation and views… I was thinking the same thing too… What were they thinking?!!!

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