Sunday, March 09, 2008

Mas Selmat bin Kastari

Mas Selamat has not been found after his escape on 27 February 2008. Authorities here still believe that he is hiding in the forests of Singapore and the searches for this criminal are unrelentlessly conducted everyday.

Security experts reckoned that no matter how strong Mas’ willpower is (to stay inside the forests and prevent capture as believed), his physical body, subject to the strong elements, the constant maneuvering (to prevent detection) and void of little nutrition, will soon reach a ‘breaking point’ that may cause him to final surrender to the police.

But all the above may be a conjecture, who knows Mas may have left Singapore, though there is no concrete facts to prove this point.

By the way, I am bothered by the erroneous name that the Chinese TV news use for Mas Selamat: Mas Selamat Kastari. On National television, in this multi-racial country, how can such an error occur? Call him Mas Selamat or Mas Selmat bin Kastari but not Mas Selmat Kastari for Kastari is the name of Mas Selamat’s father.

This is quite a common mistake in the Western media too. Their news had broadcasted that the hunt is still ongoing for Mr. Laden (the father of Osama Bin Laden) where in actual fact, the hunt shall still be ongoing for Mr Osama, or Mr Osama Bin Laden.

The crux of the mistake of the name is not the capturing of the wrong persons but the understanding of Muslim name.

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