Where the Ray of Hope was extinguished
The Mindful Mariner's own comments:
This so called sheltered home (it is more like a Hell Hole) belongs to and is run by the Malaysian Government, through the Department of Social Welfare which is under the control of the Ministry of Women, Family and Community Development.
Disciplinary action needs to be taken from top to bottom, at both the Ministry & the Department; in fact the honourable thing initially, would be for the Minister (Sharizat Abdul Jalil) and the DG of the Social Welfare Department (Meme Zainal Rashid) to resign forthwith.
Then all types of care homes, shelters, orphanages and other similar institutions, public and private, should thoroughly checked and independently audited. After that they should all, without exception, be required to be operated to impeccable international standards of best practice.
Subsequently the Social Welfare Department should conduct regular frequent and comprehensive inspections of all shelters, care homes and orphanages for the disadvantaged in Malaysian society.
1. They are all fully equipped, sanitary and are run in a professional, caring, humane way.
2. That the are staffed by sufficient numbers of qualified, able, caring and dedicated staff.
3. That all the residents receive good quality, nutritional healthy food in sufficient quantities.
4. That all residents receive regular medical examinations and adequate health care.
And many other things, about which others are better qualified than me, need to be set out in full clearly mandating what has to be done.
PS But I am not too hopeful that effective sustained action will be taken.
There will be buckets of faux tears, sympathetic [or perhaps a better word is pathetic] remarks, much empty talking, but very little or more likely no effective action, as per usual!!!!
The statements by th Malaysian Bar Council:
Bar Council constitutional law committee chairman Edmund Bon said he was shocked to learn how the residents were being treated, describing it as “cruel and degrading”.
Statement by a human rights lawyer:
Amer Hamzah, human rights lawyer called on those responsible for the care of the residents to be charged with a criminal offence should there be any evidence of physical abuse resulting from the treatment.
See the news report HERE
Lots of reaction and a flurry of what is probably an attempt at 'clearing yardarms' and 'reactive damage control' from the government and their agencies:
Civil servants from the Social Welfare Department, the Women, Family and Community Development Ministry, volunteers and hoards of media personnel descended upon the home on Sunday 5th July 2009, after the wicked, cruel and degrading conditions there were exposed by the Star newspaper.
Minister of Health Liow Tiong Lai, reportedly ordered his staff to check on the residents of the home in Kuala Kubu Baru, and said he was wants those who are confirmed to have mental problems, to be transferred to government hospital psychiatric wards for treatment.
Oh Shit! Add a little to a little, and there will be a great heap.*
Watch out for the swarms of politicians!
*Adde parum parvo, magnus acervus erit
Of course the politicians involved, and their minions, will now be buzzing around like flies round a turd trying to gain political mileage out of the misery they have directly or indirectly inflicted on the inmates of government run shelter homes.
"Politicians love visible beneficiaries and invisible victims." Dr. Walter Williams
"God has no role to play in politics except to make sure politicians go where they belong. To hell." P.J. O'Rourke
"If a politician found he had cannibals among his constituents, he would promise them missionaries for dinner." H. L. Mencken