Understand the meaning of ‘love for the job’

Some people have a high tolerance for crime because they think the police are highly underpaid and so have little incentive to protect them. - NSTP/EIZAIRI SHAMSUDIN

Some people have a high tolerance for crime because they think the police are highly underpaid and so have little incentive to protect them. – NSTP/EIZAIRI SHAMSUDIN

LETTERS: I refer to a report titled “Ex-IGP: Don’t join the police for money”, and while I fully agree with the view expressed, I also feel that people should not regard “love for the job” as a justifiable reason for being underpaid.

Some people have a high tolerance for crime because they think the police are highly underpaid and so have little incentive to protect them.

A woman may be walking leisurely along a pedestrian walk when she is approached by two guys on a motorbike who tag at her handbag until she lets go.

In the process, the woman may fall on the concrete pavement, or be dragged along the way, which may result in serious injuries and even death. Handbag snatchings and muggings are among the most vicious crimes, yet perpetrators are seldom caught.

Then, there is the speed limit on every highway, for the safety of all drivers. Yet, drivers flaunt this regularly. One wonders about enforcement to stop these reckless drivers.

Another issue is drink drivers who get into accidents. In some ways, responsible drinkers are made to feel guilty for a pleasure in which they indulge responsibly.

Those who consume alcohol get a bad name, even though many drinkers are cautious, and many accidents are in fact caused by speeding drivers who are perfectly sober.

We also sometimes see vagrants sauntering through respectable housing estates. These people are highly noticeable because they sport unkempt hair, dishevelled clothes, and are often bare-footed. They are suspicious to say the least. Would they be strolling there at all if there were a regular police patrol?

In the last few days, we have read about the sad case of three young ladies who died in their parked car, of carbon monoxide poisoning. A fourth young woman, the driver of the car and the one who was sick at the onset of the incident, is now in critical condition in the hospital.

To the reader, the case is strange. Why would four young women fall asleep in the same car at the same time? Why would they not take turns sleeping and making sure that at least one stayed awake to spot any danger?

We do not know if the police were ever called to oversee the case. Yet, we know that a huge part of eliminating crime is prevention. And how can you prevent a crime unless you know why it happened?

Love for the job is essential, but being underpaid is not an excuse for not doing your job. If you are drawing a salary which does not pay for all the work you do or are supposed to do, you are not excused for overlooking, underperforming, or neglecting.

On the other hand, if you do your work out of love, and therefore with a sense of duty, responsibility, and care, you will eventually be paid your full worth, plus a bonus that will reflect your faith, understanding, and true love.

by Marisa Demori.

Read  more @ https://www.nst.com.my/opinion/letters/2020/09/626057/understand-meaning-love-job

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