Asian Vigilantes – Part II
Last week I wrote about the AAG (Asian Anti Crime Group).
At the time I thought that perhaps the media was using the term vigilante, and that they were hyping things up when the group appeared to be about education and lobbying – nothing wrong with either although replication of efforts already underway. I wasn’t alone and I see Rabon Kan ( http://www.stuff.co.nz/4609463a1861.html ) also thought the same thing.
Unfortunately I was wrong. I see the groups organiser, Peter Low, has described the group as…
“We are a vigilante group and are training now”
“I want this group to be legalised. If they (the police) don’t allow it, that’s when we might have to employ Triads to protect our community”
As this appears in both the Herald and Stuff.co.nz, it isn’t miss-interpretation. Peter Low is apparently from Singapore, and as English is essentially a first language there this hasn’t been ‘lost in translation’.
He comes across as a bit of a ranter (actually sounds a bit like an NZ First member, but that’s highly unlikely). The groups motives seemed worthy, but if they think somehow replacing local criminals with triads is a solution they have really lost the plot. Triads, if they even could be bothered operating here, would make the locals look like amateurs, so that doesn’t sound like a very well thought out solution. It’s possible all the attention is going to Mr Low’s head and he’s getting a bit carried away. Although if he gets really carried away the sight of Asians dressed in brightly coloured tights with funny helmets roaming South Auckland fighting crime would be a wondrous thing!
As I said last week, people would be far better off throwing their weight behind an existing group, ideally with their fellow New Zealanders.
Mr Low also says “This is non-profit, non-religion, non-politics and non-racist, It is open to all to become a member”– however if he was really serious about reaching out to all sections of New Zealand society then he wouldn’t have called it an Asian group.
I am guessing this group won’t be around in six months, sensible people Asian or otherwise, will likely gravitate towards existing groups, or someone claiming to be a member will do something silly that will isolate the group from the mainstream.
A pity, this is a wasted opportunity.