I heard over the news, about the 10 year old child (I think it’s a girl) found dead in the bushes somewhere in KL. She (assuming I’m right) was brutally murdered, most probably 2 days before. When I say brutally murdered, I wasn’t joking. She was literally butchered.
I leave the details of this news to the press, since I don’t have the full story myself. But what bothers me is, given the efficiency of crime-solving by PDRM, how effective they are in finding a person, missing or otherwise?
I mean, most of those in the missing persons’ column in the press are sent in by the relative themselves. Only those high-profile cases seems to have direct assistance from the Police in this matter. Others, usually ends up in a file, for Police use only. If they got lucky, the patrolmen would recognize the victim when they chance upon him/her. Worse, they use the report to identify the corpse they found.
I’m not saying that our Police force are incompetent. Far from it. I’m just saying there should be more that we, or with assistance with the police, could do. For instance, a daily sidebar in the papers with 5 reported missing persons, chosen randomly or upon request. Or, during the 999 show on TV3, a similar segment, showing the image and name of the missing persons.
At least, the victim have better chance being spotted by public.
What we have right now, is the relative themselves had to call the press to have an article of their missing persons printed. I don’t know if there’s any payment needed for that, though, unless if it’s for the advertorial/announcement segment.
An alternative and cheaper means of spreading the word is by posting fliers, and for a wider audience, the Net. I believe that the fliers work better in sending the message, if someone would actually come up and read it, especially if there’s a reward offered. Message sent via the Net reaches broader audience, but more often than not, it reaches the Spam folder or deleted before the messages have time to be encoded by our brain.
There should be a better way for the victim’s relative to assist the Police in the search party. It should be easily accessible too, both by the relative (they had gone through enough, missing someone they love) and the audience.
I could only think of the papers, since readers have more time to read and view the victim’s photo, rather than the short and expensive airtime in the TV. At least, a flier slipped in the papers could do the trick too. I’m open for ideas, guys.