Okay let us talk about law. Started knowing and building a thing called “ambition”, my first serious-ambition is to be a lawyer, together with my sis. We are so deadly enthusiastic to be a lawyer for unknown reason. Maybe we watched a lot about lawyer career especially in Hong Kong movies ; our pastime childhood’s hobby.
We ended up being not a lawyer.Haha. Glad that I dont need to be one, because being a lawyer is a kind of dreadful (for me).
Taking a law subject this semester called Environmental Law. It is interesting to see the efforts taken to protect our valuable biodiversity and ecosystem but I felt confused as the class goes on. The previous class to be exact confirmed my confusion and I ended up not thinking much about it.
At the very last 15 minutes before the class ended, Dr Azlan pointed up something. While he sat down and stared to the students infront of him, he said “making laws is easy, the difficult part is to implement it”. The class was silent. I guess, everyone is thinking. It is right. Inventing laws is easy. At least, easier than to implement them.
Then, he stood up. “You can’t condemn this ordinance when you is an officer. But, I can. I am an academic people”. He smiled.
“We have the best law in protecting our wildlife! But what makes it fail?”.He continued.
It is implementation and enforcement. This is what really define how strong the law is.
The class on that day discussed about law enforcement and social norm. What if when you see an old man selling a bunch of totally protected or protected wildlife in order to get money for his family? Would you arrest him under this particular section?
Let say you know that this poor woman selling this particular vegetation just to continue living. The vegetation is obviously protected under 6th or 5th schedule of this ordinance which can cause her 5 thousands dollars of fine, are you willingly to report this to the authority?
Part of the class say no.
Dr said, the ordinance should be re-edit. Cut off the laws that is impossible to be carried out. Put in something that really can work out.
I agreed. The laws invented is not thoroughly made. Some of the protected plants are not actually extinct compared to some species that is not written in the ordinance. Some of them is widely planted in residential area while in fact they can’t be planted. But, still..nobody had been arrested, nobody pays the fine.
Then, what’s the actual purpose of the ordinance?
I started to think, but as usual it just hang up like that. The thought is just evaporated and blew away with the evening cold wind.
Integrity is another subject that fall under a very wide and deep discussion and definition. I think, we can’t control all the biodiversity value on this planet ; even we try so hard. We destroyed everything and yet we are fixing them, and at the same time we continue destructing.
It is funny to see what we are doing.
Let us unite in conserving our mother nature. At least, it is possible to minimise the impact of our own destruction.
Enough of my whatever-midnight-thoughts. Let try to get some sleep before the sun rises again, before the same routine starting again.