The Death of Aminulrasyid: IIUM Students Urge for Justice to be Prevailed

The case of the death of Aminulrasyid, a 15 year old form three student of Sekolah Menengah Seksyen 9, Shah Alam has attracted the public attention when he was shot dead in the head by the police. This incident was not the first involving police officers, as before this there was a case involving Shahril Azlan Ahmad Kamil, a 25 year old who faced a horrific ordeal having been shot by a police officer on the 16th of April 2009.

IIUM students are of the view that certain parties should take effective steps in order to curb and tackle this kind of cases. The authorities especially the Royal Malaysian Police should take a cautious step to avoid the same incident from happening again in the future. Police officers should always abide by the procedures and ethics as underlined in the Penal Code when they are on duty. It is our suggestion for the Royal Malaysian Police to explain thoroughly the proper procedures and ethics on the use of fire arms in order to avoid false or bad perception being made by the public. Besides that, a just and transparent investigation should be conducted to revive back the public confidence towards the integrity of the police as the law enforcer. As a result, the credibility of the police department will not be questioned again.

IIUM students would like to invite the public at large to view this issue through several angles. It would be unfair to put the sole blame on the police force. Without prejudice, Aminulrasyid Amzah committed an offence for driving without a license. The question here is, how could this underage boy be given the permission to drive a car? Who should be responsible to allow the boy driving the car in the middle of the night, as late as 2 a.m.? Without doubt, this responsibility should be bear by the parents themselves. There’s a reason why the law has been drafted, forbidding children under 18 years old to drive a car.

In this case itself, it can be seen that it was an immature decision or action taken by the 15 year old teenager by refusing to stop when being asked by the police. Possibly, as he was afraid and scared, he could not think properly and appropriately. Consequently, a wrongful decision has been made. Therefore, parents should always play their role in handling their children wisely. The children should always be trained to let their parents know of their whereabouts or to where they are going. This will nurture the feeling of respect and love towards their parents and indirectly will ease them in handling their children. In other words, the children will not feel like they are being controlled by their parents 24 hours a day as it is the discipline that has been cultivated since they were small. Being strict does not mean that the children are less treasured. Loving the children on the other hand does not mean in letting the children to do whatever they want without any control from the parents.

IIUM students take this chance to offer condolences to the family of Allahyarham. May Allah bless him and we pray he will always be placed with those loved by Allah. We urge for everybody including the government, the Royal Malaysian Police, and the Malaysian society at large to view this matter seriously. It is our ardent hope that justice should always be upheld by considering the interest of each party. Finally, it appears that, we should not blame any party for all these in order to avoid any hostile feeling towards each other before the truth has been revealed.


Students’ Representative Council 2009/2010
International Islamic University Malaysia


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