Friday, September 29, 2006
posted by PabloPabla at 10:54 am

In yesterday's news reported by The Star, the Inspector General of Police Tan Sri Musa Hassan conducted a spot check at the Dang Wangi Police District Headquarters to see the policemen there at work. What surprises me is the fact that the Dang Wangi OCPD (Officer-in-Charge of Police District) Asst Comm Kamal Pasha Jamal said that Musa only gave an hour's notice before turning up. But earlier in the report, Musa was quoted to have been saying that he would make unannounced visits to police stations from time-to-time to ensure his instructions for the force to provide better service were carried out.

Such contradiction from the man at the top and the man subordinate to him. Was there or was there no notice given? By right, spot checks should be conducted without prior notice.

I still remember my schooling days when spot checks are anticipated with a sense of trepidation. I still remember those days when suddenly, the teacher will ask everyone to place their hands on the writing table for fingernails check. Usually the teacher will walk along the classroom aisle with a ruler in hand and will scrutinize the length of the student's fingernails. Too long a fingernail and you shall get a couple of raps on the knuckles.

Who can forget the spot checks in school for length of hair? Sometimes during assemblies, students whose length of hair which is deemed to have exceeded the permitted standard hairdo of the school will get a free hairsnip in front of the rest of the students. Notice I used the word a hairsnip. Only a handful will be cut so that the student has no choice but to get the rest of the hair trimmed to save one's face from sporting a weird hairdo. But at today's hairstyle trend, it seems that uneven length of hair is the rage.

Got a bottle of Liquidpaper in your school bag? You are asking for trouble! Liquidpaper is banned in most schools as they are deemed to be the prefered artist's brush for students to express their creativity on the writing table, classroom wall or even toilet doors. I still remember how some of these artisans loved to draw their favourite human anatomy which fascinates them, declare their undying love for a member of the opposite sex or make a statement or two about mothers.

However, I still remember one incident when I was in Primary 5. Class was in session and the teacher was teaching geography or something. Suddenly, the teacher called out to one of the students "X, Bring that here!". My classmates and I were wondering what was happening. Very slowly and reluctantly, X walked forward to the teacher with a piece of paper in hand. You could almost hear a pin-drop as time seems to move very slowly with the drama at hand. The teacher unfolded the piece of paper and began reading "What is f**k?" writes someone. "Boys what touch girls what". You could just imagine the embarassment the whole class felt (it is a co-ed school) especially that boy, X. Apparently, he was exchanging information with another boy in class on the birds and bees! After a burst of lecture from the teacher, X was told to go back to his place and concentrate on the lessons instead of teaching biology to another student. Needless to say, that piece of paper was confiscated.

Have you had your fair share of spot check experience?

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At 1:44 pm, Blogger Papi

haha brings back memories.

I rmmbr got 1 time, during perhimpunan, someone whack me on my head from behind, coz I was talking to a friend. I shouted "Butuh ah!!" and I turned only to find the discipline teacher standing behind me. Aiyo die lor. He gave me an earful and left after that. kih kih kih...


At 2:50 pm, Blogger Ryan

There were 20 prefects in my class last time (more than half) - I was one of them. Our friends from the other classes would know when a spot check would be organised because half of our class will be emptied (prefects are involved with spot checks)

That said we had our fair share of sniffing out 'illegal' stuff from certain hiding places in the class - behind pictures, behind blackboards, stuck underneath desks. It was fun


At 2:50 pm, Blogger PabloPabla

papi : Aiyoyo!


At 2:52 pm, Blogger PabloPabla

ryan : In a way, it was fun being a prefect, ain't it? Get to confiscate stuffs :)


At 4:34 pm, Blogger blurblur

So is your friend a biology teacher now? :P

In my ex-company, we often had spot checks from our headquarters (i was working in the site office then), but we usually had spies in our head office who would inform us of their 'spot checks'...hehe


At 8:20 pm, Blogger Wuching

of course lah! the warden comes & check see if i hide drugs up my ass anot?!


At 10:38 am, Blogger PabloPabla

blurblur : Donno leh. Never keep in touch liao. Oh yes, there are many informants around :)

wuching : Did they make you squat in the nude?