28 May 2009
Thieves & the corrupt - Any diffrerence?
Is thieving already become a culture of today’s life? Before any further deliberation, let us ask ourselves who are the people within that category of thieves?
It is good to know as the thieves can be somebody close to us, or they can even be our leaders. Some can come from well-to-do family and adored by many and quite a number pretentiously talk about how to be a morally rounded person.
There are some common attributes of thieves; they are dishonest, light-fingers and having the apt to steal. Then we ask who the thieves are?
A person who steals a few chickens form his neighbour’s farm is a thief, and a person who quietly picks up one or two durians under its tree without the knowledge of the owner too is a thief.
What about robbers? Robbers are also thieves as they force on some one to hand over their money or valuables to them (robbers).
So, Botak Chin is a thief. The answer is YES. What about Batang Kali who was shot dead in Damansara Jaya few years ago? He was also a thief. Both were shot dead by the police as they had been in the wanted list of the police for a long while.
What about corruptors in the government and politicians who take benefits apart from what is due to them?
They are also thieves, but their differences than the ones we mentioned earlier are distinct.
The corruptors are the white collar thieves while the ones we mentioned earlier are the blue-collared ones.
Then we ask what the differences between the white-collared and the blue-collared thieves and what are the consequences they have to face if these two kinds of thieves are found guilty and convicted?
The consequence can be a lot different. The white collar thieves would face jail sentence while the other kind of thief might end up with gunshots and looses his cheap life.
The white-collared thieves get more loots than the blue-collared. The loots for the white collar thieves are sometimes called commission and let us now call them commissionaire.
Normally the white-collared ones secure their commissions more than allowable rates by hiking prices of product and services and the supplier would then send back a portion of what they earned to the purchasers.
The purchasers could be Government Departments like Ministries, or private and public companies and corruptions are rampant in these places.
This is a white collar corruption and if found guilty, the conviction may send one to prison and fined to the amount stipulated by law.
I have not heard of white collar thieves being shot dead when convicted. Even before the conviction it would cost years before the court could decide on their conviction, as one is still innocent until proven guilty.
By engaging good and renowned lawyers these white collar thieves may even not found guilty and can lead a normal life like others in the neighborhood and enjoy the loots with his family.
The white collar thieves sometimes can be a great leader to a nation as the court of Law are unable to find him guilty as the transfer of the corrupt monies are normally done in high manner and the wire transfer would not be easy to trace and leave no trail.
Over and above that these white collar thieves are having strong position that the authority dare not try to do investigation even though his criminal act is an open secret. Even if the police or any other related body are forced to investigate the answer is already predictable…insufficient proof.
The mafias are well and safe while the pariahs will have to serve their sentences.
The quantum for white collar thieves is normally very huge and may be in hundreds of million ringgit, and that is why we can see houses of those corruptors elegantly stand in places like Kensington in London, Perth, Melbourne, Adelaide and many other cities in the world.
White collar thieves normally are social and political climbers. The higher they climb the more they can pinch and steal.
Conversely, the blue-collared thieves are more risky as the nature of thieving is easily monitored by the authority. Botak Chin was shot dead and could not have the time to engage a lawyer. So did Batang Kali.
Once they are caught their wives and families suffer after their death for generations while the white collar thieves have the family guaranteed of easy lives after their death also for generations.
In short, the conviction on white collar thieves is just jail-term while the blue-collared ones would end up dead by bullet shots.
Other common traits for both categories of thieves; once a thief he remains a thief.
Looking through the angle of moral there is no difference between Botak Chin and corrupt leaders of a nation.
But let us come to term that both are thieves and they are a real pests to the community, and let us not disagree about it.