Logic Versus Law

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A video of a cardiologist engaging in a verbal exchange with Penang Island City Council enforcement officers for defying the Movement Control Order (MCO) went viral recently.

If the main aim of the MCO is to prevent proximity and spread of Covid-19, the doctor did no wrong as he was all by himself at the Youth Park on Wednesday afternoon. And being a doctor, he knows full well that cardiovascular exercise is good for maintaining health and immunity.

No one can argue with that as his reasoning was logical. But the law is an ass. Many existing laws need to be amended if not rescinded altogether. Until these are done, they remain in place and must be complied.

One must also remember enforcement officers must follow instructions given to them and not in a position to discuss any law or regulation introduced by a city or municipal council, state or federal government.

After the incomplete MCO was rushed out, it caused a lot of confusion, which should not be the case. Although top decisions are now handled by the National Security Council, we have the National Disaster Management Agency (Nadma), a full-fledged agency under the Prime Minister’s Department.

Surely, Nadma could have prepared contingency plans before any disaster strikes. Or was it just a coordination centre reacting after a catastrophe? However, I will not venture further into logic and would only urge all public and private sector organisations to set up contingency plans for all accidents and incidents, whether natural or manmade.

The views expressed here are strictly those of The True Net reader YS Chan from Petaling Jaya.