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Stop referring to pastor’s abduction as a ‘professional’ job

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Describing the abduction as “professional” is an affront to all hardworking decent professional in various fields, says An Observer.

I refer to the recent unsolved abduction of a well-known pastor in broad daylight by a group of people carrying out what has been described as a “professional” job.
We should stop describing this abduction as “professional”; there is nothing professional in a group of people kidnapping an unarmed unprotected civilian.

The more appropriate words that comes to mind are thuggery, cowardice, lawlessness, criminals who are obviously not God-fearing.
Describing the abduction as “professional” is an affront to all hardworking decent professionals in various fields.   

An Observer is a casual follower of the nonstop shenanigans and games played out in the public sphere and at times can’t stop the urge to write and join in the merriment.

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Fabian Tew
Fabian Tew
1 Apr 2017 1.16pm

In linguistic history, I understand that (I may be wrong) the word “professional” in English language is only for describing legally and medically trained personnel.

However, over the centuries, this word had been abused. Even illegal money lenders Ah Loong is described as “professional”.

Can anyone who is trained in linguistic, please help correct my understanding ?

Thank you.

Phua Kai Lit
Phua Kai Lit
31 Mar 2017 10.07pm

Malaysians should be concerned that people are being
“disappeared” in our country like in the Latin American Banana Republics.

Woo Chee Seng
31 Mar 2017 10.43am

Then what do you called it? Amateurish?

31 Mar 2017 1.42am


The word professional does not mean noble, or good, it refers to the level of expertise.

The word professional is apt for this case, as the level of sophistication by the attackers warrants the use of the word.

Would calling the kidnappers amateur be a affront to amateur Photographers? This entire article is a … waste of time, and I’m surprised Aliran (who usually have higher editorial standards) published it.

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