NO WORDS could described how stunned the public is when news reports revealed that the body of the young girl in a sports bag found in PJ on Monday was that of Nurin Jazlin Jazimin. Only 8 years old, the Std 2 girl was brutalised in a manner that makes even the most mild-mannered person in society capable of turning into a beast should the person lay his or her hands on the murderer/s.
Missing since Aug 20, today marked exactly one month since her parents, relatives, the Police, friends, neighbours and well-wishers searched nooks and corners trying to find her. And when news and picture of a dead girl found in a sports bag was released through the newspapers, normal people everywhere stood stung by the bestiality of such an act.
If there's a crime that the police has to solve, this is surely one that demands high priority. This, to me, is the mother of all crimes that this country has seen in a long while. Which leads many of us asking one simple question - what's happening to this beloved country of ours? Have we lost control of ourselves that there are persons who can turn to become savages at the mere sight of an innocent 8 year old girl?
The beast must be found, and found quickly. And when found, justice must be dispensed with swiftly. The normal view is that the full weight of the law must be brought to bear on the culprit should he be found and brought to trial. But many will join Nurin's parents is asking - even punishment by death may not be fair enough in seing justice done on a victim who knows no evil and was innocent in all matters pertaining to her short life.
I am of the view that normal laws cannot be applied when punishing Nurin's killer or killers. The killer or killers' act of savagery must be met with no less primitive and brutal acts of punishment. Why should rationale people punish savages with decent laws when they have committed such barbaric acts?
Friends in the legal fraternity will argue otherwise, and I respect their views. But I'm sure all parents harbour similar thoughts as me.