The corruption of the judiciary is an issue larger than the murder of Nurin

It has been a sad week for Kuala Lumpur. A little girl, Nurin reported kidnapped several weeks earlier was found stuffed inside a bag just two days ago, dead after being molested and rape mercilessly. The New Straits Times published a shocking picture of the kid on its front page later. I’m unsure if the posting of the terrible picture was necessary but it had its effect on the public. It emotionally moved the masses.

The details of the murder is more gruesome than the picture. Her rectum was punctured due to forceful penetration of cucumber into her private parts:

Nurin is believed to have been killed 24 hours before her nude body was found on the stairs of a three-storey business premises.

Post-mortem on the body revealed the murderer had inserted a brinjal and a cucumber in her private parts, forcing the rupture of her rectum and to be infected with bacteria, resulting in her gruesome death. [Naked Body Stuffed In Sports Bag Is Nurin Jazlin – Police. Bernama. September 22 2007]

The parents of the girl were initially in denial, refusing to accept that the body found in the back was their daughter despite positive DNA test. They learned to accept reality and now, the body has been buried.

The search effort itself was impressive. Posters of Nurin were posted all over the city, from Wangsa Maju (the place where she was kidnapped) in the north to Taman Connaught to the south. Alas, the search was ultimately a failure, though valiant as it may be.

While episode surrounding Nurin is a tragedy, a larger issue is unfolding. In the same week, an influential judge along with several politicians were implicated of corruption in a video released earlier by Anwar Ibrahim. This shakes public confidence in the judiciary. I hate to say this but rationally, the murder of Nurin has little importance compared to the state of the judiciary. Our lives are dictated by the judiciary but it is hard to imagine how the murder of Nurin affect those in Sabah or Perlis or even people in Kuala Lumpur more than emotionally.

The murder of Nurin, should not be used at an excuse to let the corruption case comes to past. Already I could see the larger issue is being ignored, with the government-controlled mainstream media riding on public emotion, distracting the public from a system more than 26 million people would have to live in, if the system is left to rot. We’ll grief for a moment, but we must not get distracted.

Regardless, condolences to the family of the little girl.

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