In the bible, the parable of the good Samaritan tells of a Samaritan guy, who helped a Jew who was in deep trouble.
The Jewish guy had just been attacked and robbed and apparently left to die by the side of the road.
All the while, a lot of people passed by and did nothing to help him – mainly his fellow Jews, some who were supposed to be holy and good and helpful…but who somehow did not stop even for a second just to check if he was OK.
Then finally along comes a Samaritan guy, who goes out of his way to help this Jewish guy, who was badly in need of help.
The significance of this story is that during the time of Jesus, the Jews and the Samaritans didn’t really get along with each other.
So for a Samaritan to help a Jew, or vice versa, would have been considered a pretty big deal at the time.
The parable of the Good Samaritan has intrigued me today, but not because I came across one this morning.
It’s because I saw the term “Good Samaritan” in the news today, in relation to that “missing” deejay Peter John Jaban.
The news report quoted the deejay saying he was not actually kidnapped by three members of the Sarawak Gestapo* but rather he was whisked away by three “Sarawak Good Samaritans”.
It’s a relief to know that he’s safe and sound but I just can’t figure out why it was so difficult for him to pick up a damn phone and just call or text his family and/or boss to let them know he was OK!
Anyway, the case of the missing deejay is now closed and hopefully, the foreign news sources and blogs get the hint, as well.
*Sarawak Gestapo was a term I discovered in one of the blogs sensationalizing the missing deejay saga.
How The Borneo Post reported it:
Radio Free Sarawak anchorman admits he is in hiding
June 4, 2012
KUCHING: Peter John Jaban has admitted to his employer Radio Free Sarawak (RFS) and colleagues that he is “running away” as he fears the police after being questioned at Kota Kinabalu airport before flying to Miri on Gawai eve with the aim of meeting his family.
Citing that he feared potential ‘police brutality’, Peter told his colleagues at RFS that he would only go to a police station with his lawyers by his side.
He also admitted to a news portal that he had acted abruptly by leaving PKR’s Dr Michael Teo and Piasau assemblyman Alan Ling to go with three other ‘Good Samaritans’ on May 31.
The ex-radio deejay and RFS anchorman said he felt better lying low. But PKR Sarawak is still anxious over the disappearance of the RFS announcer who has gone missing since June 1.
State PKR vice-chairman See Chee How said they too had no lead on the whereabouts of Peter.
See said RFS had issued a statement saying that Peter was well and freely roaming the streets of Miri.
“I will be meeting Peter’s sister soon to clarify this,” said See, who hoped that Peter would contact his family members.
Yesterday, Peter’s father Jaban said Peter’s alleged disappearance in Miri was the only news the family had of Peter.
“I have not seen him for two years,” said Jaban who lives in Jalan Dato Mohd Musa (old Muara Tuang Road) in Kota Samarahan.
He said he hoped one day Peter would come to his senses and take days off from RFS to visit them, especially on festive occasions.