Thursday, September 27, 2007

Stop the Abuse

"The greater the power, the more dangerous the abuse." - Edmund Burke

Burglaries, rapes, homicides, etc. are becoming very rampant in Malaysia lately.

Child Abuse
Nurin Jazlin, an eight year old girl went missing on Aug 20, 2007 after she went to a night market by herself near her house. On Sept 17, 2007, her body was found stuffed in a sports bag at a three-storey shop lot. A post mortem showed that she had been sexually assaulted.

Nurin is among the 17 children under the age of nine that are still on the police's list of missing persons.

It is everyone's duty to stop all this abuse. To fight crime, closed circuit television (CCTV) cameras were installed and more will be installed in crime-prone areas to improve security and safety according to our city council.

The requirement for video security has indeed become very important; to identify the attackers and/or victims should they be caught on tape. The presence of a surveillance camera might even prevent crimes from happening.

Video surveillance is indeed useful when utilized in public locations such as shopping malls, corners and parking lots.

Abuse of Technology
However, we need to be wary when video surveillance devices are easily available.

With technological progress, hidden camera surveillance gear has become cheaper, smaller and easier to use. We have to stop the possibility of unscrupulous landlords or hotel owners from installing hidden camera which can now be even in the form of a Down View Smoke Detector.

The government authority needs to regulate the purchase of such devices. What Do You Think?

Let's do our part to stop all form of abuses.

Photo by ibcbulk taken from this source


lilifxt said...

hi sam im the first to be on here ..:)i think it could be really helpful if the governement authority purchase more video and camera devices to stop such crimes it could help at this time many solutions should be applied even if this will work or not very effective coz we are facing loss of innocent children and girls that is too bad even here in my country small boys are kidnapped for sexual abuse and one of the child predators mentione we go for boys coz they will not get pregnant "sick minds"
its it very dangerous living secured but i agree that government has the main role to stop such crimes this is their main duty providing security to its people
thx for such good ideas
God Bless

FL Sam said...

Crimes is on the rise. Everyone must take positive actions in whatever way to fight crimes.Sad that it is not improving but getting worse.

We leave in fear this days. :)

Titania Starlight said...

There seems to be little balance in the world anymore. Everything is taken to the extremes. Where do we draw the line? Do we even have a say?

It really saddens me to see little ones being hurt. I can't even watch news on the television. It is too disturbing all the violence and negatvity. My heart truly cries out for all that is happening in our world. But through it all I still see bright shining souls such as yourself. :o)


surjit said...

Yes I fully agree with you,Sam.
Thanks for bringing such an awareness amongst the people. God bless.

Sam Chan said...

Hi Lili,

Thanks for adding your valuable thoughts. Indeed, government main role is to ensure its people can live peacefully without having to be fearful at all times because of crimes.

Many Blessings

Sam Chan said...

Hi Sam,

Your are right! We must all take positive actions to fight crimes. Otherwise, we will leave in fear!

My Best Wishes

Sam Chan said...

Hi Tawnya,

Thanks for your comments. Indeed, today's news are very negative in nature. There are a lot of bad happenings in this world. Hopefully, we could do our part to stop all these abuses.

Tawnya, you are one of those that shares the light to everyone.

Blessings to you.

Sam Chan said...

Hi Surjit,

Thanks for your encouragement and continuous support.

Let's hope everybody will be aware of all abuses and willing to participate or involve to stop these.

God bless

mr fong said...

Hi Sam, would it be anything to do with the corruption?

Spore newspapers are covering on Nurin too, and how the suspects are in limbo, no one knows if they are caught :(

mr fong said...

Btw Sam, saw your interview at BlogInterviewer and voted for you, cheers!

ChristineHaze said...

I totally agreed 100% Sam. I wish for a better governmental here in UK but to the extent my homeland Philippines and anywhere in the world, too for I know tons of people who were abused and corruption is also one of the biggest problem that our world has facing these days.

Jennifer said...

Hi Sam...

Ohhh yes! I think every single person, organization, and government the world over needs to do all we can to protect our children!

And we are moving into a new world... we must also create an environment of safety!

Great thoughts... as always! :-)


Sam Chan said...

Hi Winston,

Thanks for your comments. I think Nurin case will be eventually solved. Hopefully we could do our little part to stop all kinds of abuse whether by blogging, voting, preaching, etc.

BTW, thanks for your vote at I appreciate that.

Best Wishes

Sam Chan said...

Hi Haze,

Thanks for your support to Stop The Abuse! Indeed, the most basic duty of any government is to protect its citizens against violence.

Best Wishes

Sam Chan said...

Hi Jennifer,

Thanks for your support in this Stop the Abuse movement. Hopefully all good people like you could think of something to make this world a better and safer place to live in.

Blessings to you Jennifer

Anonymous said...

What does "Stop the Abuse" preaching really do???
Does this make you feel good to express your outrage at a secret crime in this nation???

Let me explain what secret crime means to me. As young children we were beaten with a steel brush until we were bleeding. FEAR kept our mouths shut. Do you think our parents reported their crime?

Another comment stated "government main role is to ensure its people can live peacefully..." Huh??? Who taught you that? In America, the federal government main role is to protect us from external invasion and to give us all the same equal rights. I am aware of no government guarantee to prevent crime so we can live peacefully unless the Global Police State described by George Orwell's "1984 - Brave New World" has secretly taken place.

One last insight on Abuse Awareness - Is this the same concept as the "This is your brain on drugs" TV commercial? You know, the egg in the frying pan. Do you think that commercial had any effect on saving Drug Addicts??

Believe me, the victims of abuse are painfully aware of the crimes committed against us. I doubt raising Public awareness will prevent or stop this secret crime. Do you believe Abusers will read your blogs??? Even if Abusers read your blogs, will your words awaken them to their crimes?

Sam Chan said...

Hi Anonymous,

Thanks for your comments. I think I can sense your resentment from your writing. Well, one thing for sure, this post doesn't make me feel good and this little post indeed might not be very helpful.

Anyway, invited bloggers around the world to be united in this campaign hoping that awareness will result in some changes. Anyway, there are many great bloggers that can write very well and their posts could be helpful.

I believe there are still many kind hearted people in this world. I also strongly believe many readers that really enjoy reading or visiting self-improvement blogs or sites are good and kind hearted or at least would want to be a better person if possible.

You are right! Due to corruption, no government can guarantee a country to be free of crime. However, if a government did not do a good job, it is the duty of everyone to vote rightly during the next election.

Of course, Abusers won't read this kind of post and these words will not awaken them to their crimes but could make them even happier. This post is not meant for abuser but for kind hearted people who can make a difference to this world.

I do hope you are one too!
Blessings to you

Honman said...

Video Security can only serve as a warning to criminals. To stop the abuse, it is not only government’s responsibility, it is everybody’s responsibility. Government should focus more on moral education and made it a compulsory subject school. Parents should also set a good example for their children and teach their children moral values from young. It is through everybody’s effort to stop abuses or crimes.
Open Your Mind to Prosperity

Anonymous said...

Hi Sam,

Whether I resent "Stop the Abuse" campaign or not, is not the point of my comment.

Perhaps, the following points will clarify my position?

1. Kind hearted people can make a difference in this world by their actions not empty words.

2. Kind hearted people nor the government can prevent or stop all hidden crimes unless we are willing to give up our freedoms. Are kind hearted people willing to give up their privacy and freedom?

3. Good Moral character and good works are best learned in a good family. No government can ensure its people can live peacefully as you stated in a previous comment. The wisdom of our founding fathers was local self-government (where the the local residents not elected politicians govern their affairs) and a limited federal government because our founding fathers were keenly aware that "Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men are almost always bad men." -Lord Acton in a letter to Bishop Mandell Creighton in 1887

In closing, how does one vote rightly? Again, the wisdom of our founding fathers is no longer practiced by the majority as evidenced by Congressmen and Senators who are reelected over and over again. Our Founding Fathers set up terms of office to eliminate corrupting power! At the end of every term, they expected the people to vote new blood in not keep the same politician in power as a life-long career.
What is your prescription for "the duty of everyone to vote rightly?"

Sam Chan said...

Hi Honman,

Thanks for adding your insightful views. I really value your participation. Indeed, your suggestions will definitely helps. A good society starts from a good family.

Best Wishes

Sam Chan said...

Hi Anonymous,

Thanks for adding your insightful views!

Indeed, awareness about abuse is only the first step. Knowing is not enough! Everybody must take all the necessary actions such as suggested by Honman - focus more on educating the young one about good morals and live exemplary life so that there will be hope for a better generation of people in future.

To vote rightly means one needs to seek wisdom, pray about it, so that a good choice can be made, selecting the right candidates to uphold the law of a country and not just selecting based on so call benefits (but of wrong values - freedom of...) promised.

I believe you are trying to do your part to stop the abuse. Maybe you have better suggestions and will work out something eventually. You sound like a very knowledgeable person to me.

Well, hopefully more people will resolve to live the Godly life which will definitely reduce the number of evil doers in the world.

My Best Wishes

Anonymous said...

Hi Sam,

Let me know when voting rightly like you recommend occurs so we can all become good citizens of that nation where perfect politicians reign and rule! The minute this nation handed our responsibility of self-government over to politicians marked the turning point of our nation from family-oriented values to government abuse.

Every national government that eliminated family centered responsibility has been destroyed in the past. The fall of all great nations has always been preceded by the decay of internal civilization via the destruction of the family.

What amazes me, your blog is about Acquiring Wisdom and yet, I should have better suggestions that will work out eventually?????? Huh????? Can I ask why you are moderating a blog about wisdom and you ignore the solid sound wisdom of our hard working forefathers whose sacrifice and bloodshed gave us the freedom to self-govern ourselves NOT pray about which deceiving politician might uphold and enforce the laws!

Sorry, Sam I have no better suggestions for you than the wisdom of our forefathers! No one can live up to your expectations of providing you with working suggestions when you ignore the clear simple wisdom they have given you, and no politician ever will either! Furthermore, as the Wisdom Blog expert you should be the number one resource of suggestions that will work not hoping that I or any Politician has the answer!

Sam Chan said...

Hi Anonymous,

I believe you had mistaken that I am the wise guy. I actually use this blog to inculcate that there is a need for everyone to acquire wisdom and live with passion. I am still learning and there are indeed many things to learn. You will find that many of the quotes or wise sayings for my posts are from great men or those so called by you "forefather"

I am weak in politic. That's why I seek your views. I tend to think, we also need to be in their shoes to understand the difficulty to be a great government. They do need good supporters. Somehow the evil ones seems to prevail in this hostile world.

Anyway, if everybody are faithful believers of God and truly his followers meaning really live according to all His commandments, things will be definitely better.

Thanks for your comments and valuable thoughts.

My Best Wishes

Anonymous said...

I understand what you are saying and this is the major reason for me to be Anonymous. I gave you my wisdom and you seem to ignore it as foolishness!

Most powerful people and powerful politicians in this world despise the truth and church leaders would rather preach righteousness than practice righteousness.
History has proven that very few believers of God follow his commandments. The historical list could go on and on Ad nauseam, but I have a funny feeling it would fall on deaf ears.

I have learned a valuable lesson from the Christian proverb, "Do not throw your pearls of wisdom before swine, or they will trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you to pieces."

Now I can be wise and keep my mouth shut.

Good Luck with your wisdom blog, Sam.

Sam Chan said...

Hi Anonymous,

I am so sorry! I really don't understand you. Well, maybe I lack wisdom. May the Lord grant me more wisdom.

Anyway, one thing for sure, whatever you had commented doesn't change a thing or able to help to change the world. I believe this little blog will only play a very small part in changing the world.

Frankly speaking, I could had deleted or not even bother to reply your comments if I am not listening or open to your views or opinions.

You are right! Indeed, very few actually practice what they preached. Jesus did says that in Matthew 7:21-23 "Not everyone who says to Me, 'Lord, Lord,' shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. (22) Many will say to Me in that day, 'Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?' (23) And then I will declare to them, 'I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!'

I am not sure whether you are a Christian although you could quote one of the bible verse.

Anyway, the entire passage reads in this manner.

Matthew 7:1-6 Judge not, that you be not judged. (2) For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you. (3) And why do you look at the speck in your brother's eye, but do not consider the plank in your own eye? (4) Or how can you say to your brother, 'Let me remove the speck from your eye'; and look, a plank is in your own eye? (5) Hypocrite! First remove the plank from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother's eye. (6) "Do not give what is holy to the dogs; nor cast your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you in pieces.

One will be definitely wiser if one can comprehend the first part well.

“Be happy. It's one way of being wise.”

Many Blessings to you.