Wayne Lee: Don’t do petty theft! Score big enough and you will get a light sentence! Can also walk out of jail early to enjoy the money! Negara Kita!
Yusmin Noor: That seems to be it. From what we know, it’s best to be a big time crook than be a petty thief. That seems to be okay in this Bolehland.
Joost Vermeulen: 1. Are you Malay?
2. Are you Muslim?
3. Are you UMNO/BN?
4. Are you VIP or VVIP?
If it’s a “yes” to all the questions, you have a free pass to break the law.
Even I, a reverted Muslim, but a white guy has to see my new country being the world’s laughing stock.
Richard Richard: Only those who can corrupt in millions are being given a light sentence.
TY Fook: That it is all right to be corrupt and you’ll also be rewarded.
Vasanthan Valasalan: Clearly a good example that doing crime does pay. Just remember not to do petty crimes.
Vincent Wong: Public Sector-organised crimes pay well.
Dianand Sadris: Wow, our justice system is so crook friendly.
Michael Yeow: They only release their own corrupt Umno people. If it were the Opposition, they will lock them up for as long as possible.
Ponnusamy Muthaya: It is best to remove corruption from the list of crimes. Problems will be solved immediately. Everyone is equal. It becomes part of the trade and there will be massive undercutting. May be good for all. Not good for the poor. But they can take law into their own hands. Retribution must also become legal.
Jenny Chin: Can we blame the misbehaviour of mat rempits, snatch thieves, children who are openly hostile to their elders, people who pride themselves to have special privileges, etc? Our children learn from the examples of adults. What monkeys do, other monkeys automatically will follow! What kind of heritage are we passing down to our children?
Robert Tan Bang Yih: A single parent stole food to feed her little kids and jailed two years. Know the moral of the story?
MDon Cheang: Be like the Indonesian judge who sentenced a mother who stole some food to feed her hungry children accordingly.
At the same time, the judge took out a hat, and fined himself Rp100,000 and everyone present in his Court the same amount…for standing by and doing nothing when the single mother and her kids have to go hungry.
A collection was made and given to the mother to pay her fine, and to buy food for her children.
We can learn a great lesson from such an unusual act of charity and forgiveness.
In Bolehland, a hat will probably be passed around with the administrator getting half while another 40% will be pledged as political donation. The intended recipient will be lucky to get the remaining 10%.
Remie Galang: No matter what, we must keep and abide by our integrity and don’t teach our children to lie, steal and do whatever is against the law. Don’t emulate those crooks. Believe and have faith in God.
Afendi Mohd Nor: No parents will teach their children to do bad things. But children have to go to school, make friends, mix around in society. It is from these activities that they may pick up lying, stealing or break the law. So what are we supposed to do about it?
Mikey: The message/moral of the story is when you are in power, rob, steal and plunder Big Time. If you steal RM10, you will be punished for theft in a jiffy because you have no Boss to protect you. If you steal 10’s of millions, you will be protected by your Boss.
On the other hand, if you steal billions, you will be applauded for being smart, a genius, or you have refined the art of stealing and conning the entire nation by calling it donation. For the chosen one, he says he has ‘worked’ hard for the country, hence, he deserves a new jet plane even though there are six others.
There you have it folks. If you think what I’ve said is rubbish, please correct me. And TQVM Mariam.
Nofaham: Imagine, after six months…errr maybe in the comfort of a 5-star cell with butler services, you can get out and all is forgiven. Sigh, if only life is that simple for all of us.
Lee Chee Wat: In this Bolehland, how do you expect the corrupt in Umno to be punished? The only way is to kick out Umno come GE14.
Suva: Well written. It gives a clear picture of our politician, worse if he is Muslim, worse still if he holds a very high position, still worse if he is fully aware of the law. Does Islam allow such a crime to go unpunished? Well, he has to answer this on his final days.
Kaeff: Long given up…
Roger 5201: What is the basis for the Parole Board to approve Khir’s early release to serve his remaining jail term at home with his family and purportedly monitored by parole officers?
Who is monitoring the parole officers and the Parole Board?
Mikey: Bro Roger, I want to appoint you permanently to ask on our behalf because you always ask the important and pertinent questions faster than I can complete the sentence. Keep it up. Applause, Applause.
Kana Teeraj: Roger 5201, May we know who are on the Parole Board? Thank you
Charles Yii: The early parole of Khir Toyo for good behaviour will further encourage the Umno Malays to be more actively involved in organised ‘crimes’ such as corruption. This precedent shows it pays to be an organised ‘criminal’ and be involved in corruption as long as you are among the Umno elite. They are seldom caught but even if they are caught, their sentences will be mild and short, just like in Toyo’s case.
Toyo was officially sentenced to one year’s jail for involvement in a corruption case involving millions. Compare this to a man who was caught for stealing a can of sardines and was imprisoned for two years.
What a mockery for Malaysia whose BN Government has a Syariah-compliant index of 75%.
Alfred Quah: Corruption here in Malaysia is ok…and treated as a norm. But in other countries, they are dealt with the most severe punishment, even the death sentence, or jail for life.
Begum Ibrahim: It is ok if you are an Umno man.
Khaled Mohammed: We should serve the death penalty to those found guilty of corrupt practices.
David Poon: Six months’ jail for so much losses for the State of Selangor. A guy stole food for his child, jailed two years. How lah?
Garrick Jin: 2.6b with extremely good behaviour would be released instantly
Jegatheesan Muniandy: This is an unfair deal for a big crook. This is 1Malaysia.
Khaled Mohammed: Agree with you 100%, we are sinking lower and lower.
Jackie Man: Must also get strong cable
Afendi Mohd Nor: Khir Toyo is really ‘unlucky’ because at that time, the crime he committed was termed corruption. If it were done a few years later, he would go scot-free because it is now termed “donation”.
That poor guy has to spend six months in jail.
Boontian Tan: Must learn from Cheatkor.
Mok Khuen: Yeah, so sad, yet so true, our government is blatantly supporting the corrupt and the problem is that we’re powerless, but have to take it with loathing; just look at their sponsored thugs doing as they please!
Beng Sooi Tan: This is called Malaysia Boleh where the impossible is possible, where corruption is condoned when you are in the right party. God knows whether he served the six months at all or just placed in a comfortable cell.
Alex Ong: Not only Umno! The leadership example of Lim Guan Eng is as questionable. The pledge of credibility, accountability and transparency is no longer there in Penang.
The cheap bungalow incident is as demonic in nature as Khir Toyo’s heavy discount purchase.
It’s not a matter of how much, but the act of abuse and personal gain in the process of property acquisition.
Lim has to take leave to settle the ongoing investigation.
Aaron Ting: Corruption pays. Ask your kids to practise telling lies without battling an eyelid, steal in broad daylight, engaged in fraudulent practices and be as filthy as they can be. Honest, hardworking people do not have big paydays.
Sachiaynathan Thambyrajah: When head is corrupt, others follow. Action cannot be implemented because action against the head cannot be taken therefore corruption becomes legal as long as the head is in power.
David Foo: This act of leniency proves the multiple standards of our judicial system. It only encourages more corruption.
Tc Ling: What do I think? I think that our enforcement is still lacking because his corruption is more severe than that but that is another case for another day. I suppose we have to savour whatever small victories that we can have.
Ghandhi Mathi Venkidasalam: If you want to steal, don’t steal Milo and Nescafe. Steal millions. Spend six months or a year in jail. Come out you still can live like a king. But in our judiciary system we have different types of judgement. Poor people, more years; rich people, only a few months. What to do!
Jacken Chai: He still lives in his mansion…so what!
Lim Gean Hin: The justice system in Malaysia is flawed. Selective prosecution is the word. Why then is Anwar still in jail?
Hisham Hussein: Everybody should be equal…but then again, some are more equal than others!
Teo Chin Seong: I think our justice system is kaput already!
Kelvin Ong: I just wonder how many years he will get if his case was tried in Singapore?
Eol Zari: It shows the government is very forgiving, but for certain people only lah!
Michel Wright: Big shots when they cheat are still treated like big shots.
Lee Choong Sing: Certain party membership has its privileges, this is the message.
Soon Yew Liow: Can we welcome back the 2 Four Corner’s journalists back to Malaysia to interview Khir Toyo, then tell the world?
Cheah Sk: What amazes me is the judge who made the judgement.
James Tham: Better to be criminal than earn an honest living?
Koonpeng Chai: Nobody believes he spent six months in prison.
Christopher Loi: The message is: “Being a crony pays”.
AJallil AWahab: I hope he still remembers about the broom
Yusof Abdullah: Justice is sometimes blind
Zubaida Beham: Wise words, as always Mariam.
These comments are in response to the article What message does Khir Toyo’s release send to the public? published on March 31. However, these views from our readers should not be represented as fact.
-The Ant Daily