Today, the NST featured on its front page the face of a young man who died in an accident. This young man may not be the best rakyat (citizen) of Malaysia. But still, he is someone’s son, sibling, friend and so on. He must have had a tough life, having to resort to crime. He probably has his reason to snatch someone’s handbag. Maybe to find some money to buy something for his parents for Raya? Or to eke out the next meal?
We hate snatch thieves alright. They had accidentally or intentionally killed many innocent victims.
But still, I think our media should at least give some dignity to this dead man. And the police should issue a stern warning that none of us should take the laws into our own hands. Instead of commending the woman, how about charging her for reckless driving?
And portraying a woman (a grandmother) as a hero (the way I see it),whom had accidentally caused the death of someone else son is still not right.
The way which the news was written is in bad taste. If it is some fat girl who jumped and sat on a robber, then we can probably cheer that good has thriumph over evil. No one gets hurt.
But for a grandmother to risk her own life for her handbag and causing the death of a young man, it just seems so wrong. I hope my perceptions are wrong because it bothers me that our mainstream media has sensationalise the whole story in the wrong way. It is bad enough that our locals are already being fed rubbish by some vernacular papers, and now this.
My condolences to the family.