Presumed Innocent until…

Well, according to TheStar, the lead investigator in the MACC investigations has been reassigned to the MACC headquarters. On the one hand, I can understand why this is being done while on the other, I have a sinking feeling that the wrong message will be sent.

You see, the government needs to take action according to proper procedures. In such a sensitive case, it is even more imperative that the government does its best to do things the right way so that there are no accusations of impropriety later. Therefore, the right thing to do would be to transfer the person(s) involved to the HQ and sit them behind a desk where they will do nothing and not be involved in any sort of investigative work until the situation is sorted out. The government will then wait for the official investigations to come to a conclusion before any sort of action can be taken. Like our PM says, there cannot be a presumption of guilt. Action can only be taken against the officer later, be it a demotion and reduction in pay, a complete dismissal or even criminal charges. That is the proper procedure.

However, in any other time and place, we would be led by men of honour – men who would ‘do the right thing’ and turn in their badges until the situation is resolved. Real men would take responsibility for their actions or inactions and save the image of the institution and government, by disassociating themselves and facing the music on their own accord. In fact, even if they did not do anything wrong, but allowed something wrong to happen on their watch, real men would chin up and face it. Unfortunately, in this land, real men have a tendency of being castrated and their balls hung out to dry leaving them in short supply.

Personally, I don’t really hold out much hope for any sort of justice to prevail. Neither do I think that this case will change much. However, I still think that we need to respect the rules, regulations and proper procedures, lest we be called lesser men for ignoring them.

Be a man, do the right thing.

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Shawn Tan

Chip Doctor, Chartered Engineer, Entrepreneur, Law Graduate.

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