Saturday 15 March 2008


The Velvet Glove for UMNO


Not only upside down, but arse-about-face and fading rapidly I surmise!

Video of the Komtar Rent-a-Crowd

UMNO rent-a-crowds thugs demonstrate at KOMTAR in Penang and at the State Secretariat Building in Shah Alam, Selangor, but in both incidents they don’t taste chemically laced water from water cannons, or breathe in the toxic burning scent of tear gas.

Looks like the police are still political tools controlled by the BN / UMNO, the orders must for velvet gloves to be used against UMNO protestors and the iron fist for everyone else?


UMNO seems to be in a state of flux, under the veneer of solidarity, hairline cracks seem to be widening, and various competing factions must be jockeying for positions, but they will be nervous and very cautious in case they mount the wrong horse!

NST Reported thus, see HERE

See extract below:

"Shouts of `Hidup Melayu` rang around the landmark Komtar building here today as 1,000 Umno members gathered to protest the DAP-PKR coalition government's intent to change New Economic Policy practices in the state.

Those taking part in the gathering demanded that the state government leave the NEP alone and also called on chief minister Lim Guan Eng to ensure the Malays were not marginalised under the new state administration. They said he should not turn Penang into another Singapore.

Police, including light strike force personnel, were on standby as the crowd started to gather along Jalan Magazine after Friday prayers about 2.15pm. They carried banners which read Jangan Hapuskan Dasar Ekonomi Baru (do not abolish the NEP), Kami Melayu Pulau Pinang menyokong Kepimpinan Pak Lah (We the Malays of Penang support Pak Lah (prime minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi's leadership) and Hidup Melayu (long live the Malays).

North East district police chief assistant commissioner Azam Abdul Hamid later ordered the crowd to disperse after informing them that police did not issue any permit for the gathering. He later called on the person leading the gathering to come forward if they wanted to present a memorandum to the state government.

At this point, Bukit Mertajam Umno division chief Datuk Musa Sheikh Fadzir stepped forward and tried to address the crowd. However, he was prevented from giving any speeches. Also, there were other state Umno leaders, including state Umno liaison deputy chief Datuk Seri Abdul Rashid Abdullah and state Umno secretary Datuk Azhar Ibrahim.

The crowd dispersed peacefully after shouting slogans for about 45 minutes and police did not arrest anyone."

"The Shah Alam protest is reported in the Star as follows:

A small group of people marched from the state mosque to the state secretariat building here Friday to protest against DAP’s decision to abolish the New Economic Policy (NEP).

The participants started to gather at the roundabout near the mosque just after Friday prayers at about 2.30pm and were seen standing at the side of the road carrying banners.

The protesters stopped right in front of the line formed by the police Light Strike Force (LSF) members, about 150m from the main entrance to the building, but continued with their cries. They left peacefully about 20min later.

Shah Alam Deputy OCPD Deputy Supt Mohd Shariff Abdul Wahid said police were aware of the planned gathering and confirmed that no permit had been issued for it.

“The secretariat building is a protected government building so we stationed 50 men there including two units of the LSF as a precautionary measure,” he said.

He said the protesters, who belonged to a political party, had asked to meet with Mentri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim but the police did not permit this due to security concerns.

'Bolding' is mine.

The days and weeks ahead will reveal the true picture.

We are living in very interesting times!

Is UMNO above the law?
As far as demonstrations and protests are concerned, it looks like it is!

Ultra vires - Beyond the powers or legal authority (Law)


Me said...

A sad thing to clarify indeed. Is the general Malaysians' thought developing? Or we are just simply moving backwards - when we strive to advance technologically economically or whatever-ally. I'm sure many Malaysians are able to notice every concerning issues, and yet many are also still nose-dragged by the leading majority voices :-(

mindful mariner said...

Thanks for visiting Allison, and for leaving your insightful comment.