Wednesday 16 April 2008


The Police

Their Manipulator, the Federal Government, or rather the Prime Minister?

If their actions are any indication, the police serve their political masters, not the Malaysian people!

This question needs to be asked:

Is Malaysia a parliamentary democracy, or an autocratic police state?

In my opinion it is tending to be more like the latter!

Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) has criticised the police for showing up at four party leaders' homes at 06:00 on Tuesday morning.

The leaders were each served a summons requesting them to be present at the Dang Wangi police station at 15:00 to answer questions on the gathering held the previous night to celebrate the return of party adviser Anwar Ibrahim to active politics.

PKR deputy president Syed Husin Ali said the police were waiting in front of the homes of party president Wan Azizah Ismail, vice-president Azmin Ali, Selangor Mentri Besar Khalid Ibrahim and his personal assistant Yahya Sahri.

At a press conference Wan Azizah said PKR considered the police action against its leaders as an act of intimidation and provocation.

"We also consider this action to be 'mala fide' (in bad faith),” Syed Husin said, adding that PKR lawyers are requesting for a copy of the police report made against the four leaders.

With reference to last night's gathering, he said the party had not applied for a police permit as it was held on private property, the Sultan Sulaiman Club in Kampung Baru, Kuala Lumpur, which is owned by the Selangor State Government.

He said the gathering proceeded peacefully.

“It was confined to the compound of the club's premises."

The gathering ended soon after a police officer had requested Anwar to wind up his speech.

“There was no protest from the gathering, the organisers or Anwar. The gathering ended peacefully and in an orderly manner at 10:30pm,” Syed Husin said.

The PKR leaders mentioned above, defied the police notices instructing them to turn up at the Dang Wangi police station at 15:00 yesterday, presumably to give statements on the rally held last night, until they get a copy of the police report lodged against them, PKR president Wan Azizah Ismail said.

“We are still in the dark as to the actual complaint lodged against us, although we speculate that it could be in connection with the rally,”
she told a Press conference at the PKR office here.

When party leaders met with senior police officers a few days prior to the rally, no objections or issues regarding the permit were raised,
Syed Husin claimed.

“All we discussed were traffic flow and security. They never questioned the legality of the event, even RELA (People's Volunteer Corps) members were at the meeting,” he went on to say.

Wan Azizah alleged that the police report and summonses “smelt political”, pointing out that Anwar could now finally actively participate in politics after serving a five-year ban.

“It is surprising that on the simple issue of a permit for a peaceful assembly, the police took such quick action which is not quite right,” she said.

poster by mob1900

Keep Politics Out of Policing
Stop Politics in Law Enforcement
Fully Implement the Independent Police Complaints Commission Now!

Ventis secundis, tene/tenete cursum

-The winds being favourable, hold the course

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