Lessons from the story of Norazita [New Straits Time (Malaysia)]
(New Straits Time (Malaysia) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) THERE are just so many things you can learn from the tragic story of Norazita Abu Talib. She was living what was perhaps just a normal life, out of the limelight, known only to family, friends, colleagues and maybe some of her customers at Ambank.
No thanks to one security guard, her name will now be known, under sad circumstances, the nation over. No thanks to one security guard with a callous regard for an innocent woman's life, two children are now motherless and a man left without the love of a wife.
There is nothing we can do for poor Norazita now, nor for her grieving family. But we can do things to ensure that such a thing does not happen again, or at least to lessen the chances of a recurrence.
We now know that the licence of the security firm which hired the guard has been revoked. The company had submitted the man's security clearance application to the Home Ministry only on Thursday. It had also allegedly failed to conduct proper screenings on its guards or obtain firearms licences for them.
There are other allegations about the security guard which are being spread on the Internet, but it is not clear whether these are true. Among the allegations are that he had used forged documents to apply for the job.
This begs the question: how could a man be hired as a security guard without proper checks being done? It is the law that security companies are required to do this. It is only logical that these companies do so. More importantly, they have the moral obligation to do so.
And, if the allegations are true, this particular company put a gun in the hands of a man without checking up on him.
This smacks of negligence. Action against this company and relevant people within the company should not be limited to just a revocation of licence. They should be held responsible for Norazita's death as well. And not just that. Norazita's family should sue the company and its directors as well.
Apart from security companies being more careful and responsible, those who hire guards from these companies should also do their due diligence. They should insist on going through the records of the guards placed in their respective premises, as well as security clearances obtained from the Home Ministry. Nothing should be taken at face value.
Another lesson, perhaps, hits closer to home for many of us. The New Straits Times on Friday frontpaged a report that, just an hour before she was shot in cold blood, Norazita phoned her husband. She asked him if he still loved her.
Sadly, Irwan Kamarudin was unable to speak to her at that point and told her so before hanging up. It is a decision he will probably regret for the rest of his life.
How many of us don't tell our parents, spouses or children that we love them, as often as we should? How many of us believe we can always tell them that later. For Irwan, it is too late.
Another thing we've learned, though one that does not contribute to stopping a recurrence of the tragedy, is that many Malaysians are obsessed with the morbid. One might even draw the conclusion that these people are insensitive.
In a matter of hours, pictures of Norazita's body were being circulated on the Net. Not too long after that, a video recording taken of the closed-circuit television (CCTV) camera footage of the murder went viral.
Curiosity is one thing. But spreading the pictures and video clip is a totally different ballgame.
Irwan is aghast at the fact that pictures and the video clip have gone viral. And rightly so. He has made an impassioned plea for people to stop spreading the images.
What if either of the couple's children see these things? Or both? At just 12 and 8, the children are likely to be already traumatised by what has happened. Seeing such things will only make an already horrifying experience worse.
Sadly, this is not the first time such a thing has happened. Such pictures have appeared on the web almost every time a murder occurs, especially if it is a gruesome one.
Six years ago, little Nurin Jazlin Jazimin was killed, her naked body stuffed into a sports bag and left. If that wasn't sickening enough, pictures of the post mortem examination on the 8-year-old's body began circulating.
Actually, this phenomenon is not just limited to murders. Chances are that you'll find gruesome pictures or videos regarding any sort of death - suicide, road accidents, fires.
It's something that has to stop. Think of the families of those who died. Let them grieve in peace. Let them remember their loved ones when they were alive instead of being haunted by visuals of them in the state they were in when they died.
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