How about if you are a bus driver, going about your bus driving business in Brisbane and a passenger boards your bus, pours a fuel all over you and flicks his Bic lighter at you and you are burnt to death. This happened a day or so ago in Australia. Facts are yet to be revealed, but what I guess is that a mentally unwell person saw the Sikh bus driver as a Moslem and has picked up via media that Moslem is bad. There may be a better explanation or even the truth.
Immediately the Queenland police said there was no evidence that it was a race hate crime, but I am not so sure and neither is his family back in the Punjab and quite rightly, they are asking questions. Government, government authorities and organisations who depend on government funding like to keep a very tight lid on racial issues in Australia.......and I would go as far saying that includes our ABC.
R got stuck into me for being so cynical and not believing what the QLD police were saying. I confess, at times it must be hard to live with a cynical smart arse like me, but I reckon I am right in this case..
Vale to Brisbane bus driver Manmeet Sharma. You seem to have been a good person and I can offer no explanation for your horrific death, aside from what I have said above and that won't offer you much comfort. At times in this world some really bad things happen.
I don't like being cynical, but one thing to say, it is so great when your cynicism is proved wrong and you have a restoration of faith in humankind. I try to avoid cynicism in my personal life but at times I don't succeed. Sadly that happens so rarely when talking about public figures, the police, celebrities, government, employers and those with a vested financial interests.
The highly respected John Silvester is a long time crime investigator and reporter for The Age. This is from today's paper. I can only conclude that this story from way back then is correct and nothing has changed my mind since, that governments and a police have changed. Improved perhaps, but changed, no!
It is so good that we don't live in a corrupt country (insert sad and laconically tired face emoticon). Read more at The Age.