I didn't believe the message, and went to bed. If we did believe the message, we would have joined the search that the girl's friends had launched. Their action in sending out the messages is highly commendable because a lot of people received the messages.
The car was intercepted by police 10 hours later near the interior town of Tambunan, only 2 hours away. For once I must commend the police and the courts for their fast action. Last Saturday, the two men (who do not look at all like any local natives, but have Malaysian IDs) were sentenced to 20 to 25 strokes of the cane, fined RM11,000, and given jail sentences of 28 years (the 20-year-old) and 32 years (the 29-year-old). The girl was brutally beaten, bitten and abused. Her torture must've been beyond anything we can imagine because these men were high on drugs and liquor.
The crime so shocked this city because the act of abducting people off the streets was unheard of here, and it was done early in the evening and she was with a group. Yesterday, in one of our local papers, there were calls to cane these men in public, mainly as a deterrent for 'would-be criminals' because "potential criminals may not want to bring shame to their families..." I am astounded at their naivety. Do shaming people in public deter criminally-prone people and do the criminally-inclined bother about their family honor? I am no criminologist, but I don't believe that flogging criminals in public would deter anyone except those who are already good and straight, who think before they act, meaning the general population. For the criminally-inclined, jail sentences and such do not deter them. Surely these men knew the consequences of their act even before they committed it, but they went ahead. So my call is for a referendum for Sabah to impose a law that allow WHIPPING THE DONGS of the rapists and sex perpetrators. I'm not advocating the laws of the Koran or Torah or Old Testament where the offending part of the body gets cut off. I say in cases of sex perpetrators, whip the offending parts, and whip them good and hard. If those parts then wither and fall off, all the better. This will not only deter future criminals, but it will reduce the offending criminal to a eunuch so that he can't do the same thing to anyone again. If he continues, with his hands or whatever. I am sick of cases where little girls, some just out of toddlerhood, were brutally brutally abused and murdered. Jail terms and caning are too kind for these animals who kill and ruin the lives of their victims and their families.
p.s. If you agree with this WHIP THEIR DONGS call, call Claire Das (088-318 991/213 991) of The Borneo Post. She is in charge of their Public Hotline column. I just called and spoke to her (she's like blur-blur, but talk to her anyway). I also just called Daily Express but was told the proper place to voice this is in their weekly Forum column.