06 May 2015 07:00 PM
by Mariam Mokhtar
QUICK TAKE: Mara has embarrassed the nation, and heaped insult on every child and young adult who has been abused, raped, sexually exploited and trafficked.
Nur Fitri Azmeer Nordin, a 23-year old from Malim Nawar near Kampar, received a Mara scholarship to study at Imperial College.
On May 2, The International Business Times reported that last November, the Metropolitan police searched Nur Fitri’s home, and found him “with an open laptop, next to a life-size mannequin of a young boy”.
Sara Keane, from the Metropolitian Police's Serious Crime Unit said, “Nordin was involved in the making and sharing of some of the most extreme images that have been seen by policemen who work in this field.”
The police seized 30,000 images and videos of child pornography, which comprised 601 videos and images which were category A (abuse involving penetrative sexual activity with children), and thousands from category B and C. Around 1,156 of them had been banned. On April 30, Nur Fitri was jailed for five years, and will be deported, once he has served his sentence.
And what was Mara’s response?
First. On May 3, Mara Corporate Communications Division director Rohayah Mohd Zain issued a statement acknowledging the seriousness of the offence, and said, “Mara had suspended the loan, since he was charged last November. However, following his conviction and sentencing, the loan is terminated with immediate effect and he has to pay back all the money extended to him.”
Second. On May 4, Harian Metro reported that the Malay group called Gabungan Pelajar Melayu Semenanjung (GPMS) suggested Nur Fitri be allowed to continue his studies at a local university, following his deportation.
GPMS president Jais Abdul Karim said, “GPMS will discuss with Mara on this issue, so Nur Fitri will be allowed to continue his studies in any education institution in this country after he is sent home.”
GPMS also alleged that Nur Fitri would be deported the following month.
Malaysians would like to know why GPMS thinks Nur Fitri will be deported next month? Did the UK authorities inform them?
Third. On May 5, Mara council member Nazir Hussin Akhtar Hussin and the Mara chairman have said that Nur Fitri is entitled to a second chance as he is a maths genius. They are mulling over Nur Fitri studying at a Mara institution.
Nazir said, “Any individual who repents, for a mistake, should be given a second chance, after being punished, especially among gifted students who can become national assets.
“We will support him in any way possible, to help him rebuild his character, and one way is to give him a chance to study in any Mara institution.
“He is a smart student and it is a pity to waste someone who can be an asset to the country.”
Jumping on the bandwagon to give this sexual deviant a second chance was the Rural and Regional Development Minister Shafie Apdal, who is trying to get a lighter sentence for Nur Fitri.
Both Mara and the minister are giving out mixed messages.
If you are Malay, or a Mara scholar, and considered a prodigy, you can get away with the most heinous of crimes and be given a second chance.
If you repent, you are absolved of sin. Now, Muslims just swear on the Quran, and all is forgiven.
In civilised parts of the world, distributing, viewing, and making child porn is a crime. In Malaysia, someone who does that, is considered an ‘asset’.
Ignorant Malays are pushing Malaysia over the precipice. None of the Mara officials, its chairman, or the minister mentioned putting Nur Fitri on a ‘Sex Offenders Register’(*). They did not mention treatment for Nur Fitri, because genius, or not, he is a sick man and a danger to society, especially the children.
* Following the sexual assault and brutal murder of 8-year-old Nurin Jazlin Jazimin in 2007, former PM Abdullah Badawi said that a list of convicted child sex offenders, should be made public.
- See more at: http://www.theantdaily.com/Main/What-Mara-claims-paedophile-is-an-asset-to-nation#sthash.htu3KHxN.dpuf