I REFER to the recent incident in Rembau, Negri Sembilan, where a team of 12 enforcement officers from the Islamic Development Department of Malaysia (Jakim) and Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism Ministry, as well as a few media representatives were locked in an abattoir for three hours (The Star, March 17).
The abattoir operators were apparently unhappy with photographers taking pictures of the operation. If memory serves me right there were similar cases of this nature before, where enforcement officers were holed-up in buildings/premises while performing their duties.
It must be prevented from recurring. All that is needed is some common sense. Have sufficient enforcement officers outside the buildings/premises to provide security coverage not only to those inside but also to protect their vehicles.
But the problem as often expressed is “common sense is not always common”. At times it never prevails.
The commission of offences against public servants in the execution of their public duties must be viewed seriously, and stern action must be taken against the offenders.