Thursday, May 21, 2009

Menace on our streets

The road thugs are at it again. In recent months, they have attacked both local and foreigners, male and female, young and old, able and disabled. It seems the authorities are finally coming to terms that this menace is now spinning out of control. According to the authorities the reason these youths have turned to a life of crime (call it what you will, as far as I am concerned, it’s crime) because they are bored. I don’t understand why we are even validating them by accepting such ridiculous excuses. I am sure most youths have their moments of boredom but they don’t exactly go on rampage on the streets, do they? Our authorities and politicians have for far too long treated these thugs with kid gloves. From suggestions that these thugs be turned into role models (go figure!) to sending them off to rehab and national service (please, not the same place our kids go to!), the only thing they have not really done is to throw these thugs into jail. As far as I am concerned, if they are not too young to hurt and maim, they are not too young to be severely punished. The authorities must stop glamorizing their actions and just jail them instead of slapping them on their wrists. It’s time the citizens regain our safety on the streets. We deserve as much.

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