Sunday, August 02, 2009

Lockdown or lockout...it's which side of the mirror you are standing.


We had a date on 1st August 2009. Did you turn up?

The STAR's headlined "Lockdown in the city" whilst Berita Harian says "Perhimpunan haram menyusahkan rakyat". A blogger posted "Kebebasan memerlukan keikhlasan dan tanggungjawab" whilst another says "Unit amal PAS - my heroes". It boils down to what you believe in and that's the way a healthy democracy should be...

However, before we proceed any further on the issue, allow me to say one thing - What can you say on the standards of our police when :-
  1. The police has blocked off the roads leading to Istana Negara;
  2. The police has their uniformed personnel, SBs', ununiformed personnel, federal reserve units manning all the major intersections surrounding Sogo, Central market, Dataran Merdeka, Istana Negara, Masjid Negara;
  3. The police has installed surveillance cameras on top of KTMB building across Masjid Negara;
  4. The police has few units of helicopters hovering above the crowd;
  5. The police has access to all these roads with their super bikes, patrol cars, trucks etc
With all that under their disposal, the police cannot stop one motorcyclist from grabbing Minaq Jinggo's RM 18,000 camera. They are super-efficient in hauling up 600 "trouble makers", spray chemical-laced water from their water cannons, fired volleys of tear gas into the crowd but unable to stop one motor cyclist from breaking their ranks to snatch Minaq Jinggo's camera. Tell me, what is wrong with our super and over-efficient police on 1st August 2009?

Now, back to our posting. These are the observations whilst making my rounds on 1st August 2009 :-
  1. The crowd make full use of the available public transportation. Komuters, LRT, monorails are fully utilised by both the weekend crowd and the protesters;
  2. In KL old station, protesters streamed through the old KTMB building to access to Masjid Negara;
  3. In sentral market, some protesters were arrested and dump into police trucks;
  4. in Masjid Jame', protesters were ready to march towards Istana Negara;
  5. Across central market, Ibrahim Ali and 4 machais loiterred around, waiting for opportunity to do press conference. In short, Ibrahim Ali and his pro-ISA marchers has no support. A friendly ronin put their figure at 30;
  6. After meandering through Petaling street, managed to see a crowd of 50 or so anti-ISA protesters at Jalan Attap who are waiting for the bigger crowd to reach there;
  7. Due to the massive police clampdown, even a tortoise can overtake all those stranded cars and vehicles. Some motorists resort to parking their cars by the roadside and enjoy cold glasses of teh tariks and fried mees in the numerous stalls of Jalan Attap. One eldery Chinese man said "This is the last time I voted BN". When enquired why he make that statement, he lamented that he could not make his way home because his house is just a stone throw's away from Istana Negara;
  8. Another, a Malay family, expressed their displeasure of being given all the wrong traffic directions and they are out of towners who only remember 1 road to PJ - the federal highway. The head of the family said "There is a better way to handle the situation. The police should allow the march to proceed and to give the marchers one hour to hand their memorandum. This is the better solution than to lockdown the city";
  9. An aspiring actress of Indian origin said "The police did not give chance for the people to voice out their opinion. If only they are as efficient in handling crime then her mother will not be a victim of snatch theft near Ampang point.ait unti I am famous in Hollywood and the whole world will know what the police has done to us today";
  10. The roads? You have to be there to enjoy the police efficiency to convert all the major roads into a 1-day pedestrian mall! We walk gleefully in the middle of the road from Wisma Tun Sambanthan to Selangor Club! Just imagine, 3 of us (we can't go 4 in a group as that may be seen as an illegal gathering) walking the roads. A truly VVIP treatement of sorts...
  11. Selangor club? Some say that the crowd there packed 1 km long filling 12m wide road. Best guestimate? 30,000 minimum. When the police sandwiched them and start spraying cemical laced water, Selangor club is open to both members and non-members! Another history in the making. One elderly woman sprained her ankle and later left with her son;
  12. Another reliable source informed that the crowd in Sogo is 40,000 strong and I will not dismiss that as pure nonsense. It is just possible, truly a Malaysian crowd.
  13. The determination of the police to disperse the crowd is noteworthy. One helicopter reinforced the water cannons with approximately 10 boxes of chemicals, signed, sealed and delivered on Dataran Merdeka;
  14. The crowds? Yes, there were those from Utara who said they have accomplished what they came for and were on their way back to Sungei Buloh before returning home to Kedah that night;
  15. There were some from Johor who pointed to the cameras in the minarets of KTMB old building;
  16. Those from Kelantan came out of their respect towards Tok Guru Nik Aziz;
  17. All of them came, with one determination - to tell the government that ISA is wrong and outdated. It should be abolished...
My thoughts? 1st August has brought 1Malaysia out to send a message to the government that ISA is wrong. Yes, the government has indicated that they are reviewing the act but that is not enough. Reviewing the act is one thing but the government should take the steps to make good what is wrong - all the present ISA detainees should be charge in court and let the courts decide whether they have committed crime against the country. What is the government scared of? If there are some semblance of justice left, let it be seen to be practice in the courts for these ISA detainees.

Yes, freedom needs sincerity and responsibility. But sincerity and responsibility is not a game to play and voiced out. It must also be practise. Where is the government's sincerity and responsibility? Is it a lip service like a broken record, to be played once every 4 years during elections? Why not the government act one more word along with sincerity and responsibility - add the word humanity. Has the Government being humane enough to study the welfare of the ISA detainees? One Mat Shah has been in Kamunting for the past 8 years and on 1st August 2009, the police took in his wife and his son in and placed them in Cheras police station.

Overall, 1st August 2009 can be handled in a better and more peaceful manner. This is a memorandum to the King, the supreme leader of Malaysia. GMI has informed the government about their intention and they have also pointed out why they do not filed in their application. Publicly, GMI has make the announcement almost 6 weeks in advance. The least the government and the police could do is to allocate some time to close the roads in stages to allow for the march to take place. Give them 30 minutes to hand their memorandum and disperse. If the government has been closing the roads of Kuala Lumpur for Le Tours, why can't they do the same for GMI? Remember that they closed 4 hours for Le Tours, can't they close 30 minutes for 70,000 marchers who want to send their memorandum to the King?

The government will say that it is their rights to act on the protesters. The police will claim that it is their duty to ensure stablity and peace. But look at our crime rate - we are worse off now than what we were a year ago. We can't even protect the life of a witness in Shah Alam, we can't even ensure the safety of a suspect in police custody, we can't reduce snatch thefts etc. Are our police only good in crowd control and crowd dispersal? If yes, then by all means send our police to control the illegal immigrants who flooded our streets. Or are we, as they say "Jaguh kampung" who can only bully one of our own kind?

Finally, do not think that 70,000 is all that GMI is capable of. For every one that come out to join the anti-ISA, there will be 10 silent supporters of anti-ISA. Why? Because it is not easy for them to come out in the open when the issue is aimed against the government. This is different from those pro-ISA who are in line with the government where their leaders are seeking financial rewards from the government. Never mind that they do not have the crowd behind them, a contract of millions will do...

Think about what transpired on 1st August 2009. The people has send a message out - Abolish ISA. The organisers has been fair to ask the crowd to disperse as they have achieved their primary target - that people are fed up of ISA. The memorandum handing can be done later. The government heard that too, despite their public statements. The government and BN knows that it is time to bury the archaic law. If there should be one new act, it should take into consideration of sincerity, transperacy, humanity and responsibilty towards the nation as well as towards the person charged.

Najib said "Rakyat diutamakan, prestasi didahulukan". 1st August 2009 has prove that when the police has "utamakan" spraying the people with chemical-laced water and tear gases. Maybe, the next round, the police will turn the turrets towards Putrajaya. Afterall, Najib was seen sitting together with the crowd when celebrating his 100 day as PM - he too may want to taste the chemical laced water and walked through the clouds of tear gases...so please, give him a lifetime experience...can someone fulfill this wish?

UPDATED : Najib, in most probably , "damage control" mode mentioned that the government is willing to offer venues like stadiums for the protesters. Few things did not seem right here :-
  1. The statement is made a day after the lockdown ie on 2nd August 2009 which in legal terms may be purely academic "what if situation";
  2. The aim of the protesters is to march to Istana Negara to hand over their memorandum to the king. If this scribe is to take the halfway solution, it will be the protesters gathering in Stadium Negara and Masjid Negara and allowed them (all the 70,000 of them) to use Jalan Belfield/Jalan Kg Atap to march to Istana Negara which is approximately 1 km away. The question to Najib - are you game for that? If you do, I trust GMI will be more than willing..
  3. If the aim is to give political talks, Selangor state government will be more than willing to offer their stadium. naib just don't get it..the rakyat want to present their memorandum to the King, the supreme ruler of Malaysia ie Najib's supreme rule too. If Najib cannot differentiate between politcal speeches and handing over memorandum...frankly I cry for Malaysia...;
  4. If the police were to take a soft approach yesterday, I am very sure that Unit Amal PAS can handle the situation...

Till then...G'nite M'sia...wherever u are...

26 comments:

Ken Liew. said...

Najib...

When u say 1Malaysia... the people MAKE IT HAPPEN. Against your governmenting unit, Your unreasonable Policy.

Even you take back 1Malaysia, Malaysians are more united then you think we are.

julianhaugh said...

huh!
I also got stuck during the roadblock
really pissed me off!

Wave33 said...

"We had a date on 1st August 2009. Did you turn up?"
I did!
Many of my friends did not.
Why?
1. Can't be bothered.
2. It is a nuisance, causes traffic jam.
3. Fear of death or injuries, like Kugan.
4. Fear of no business from BN.
5. Make no difference, waste of time.
6. They are people doing it for me.
7. There are no monetary gain. (very common for those with small brain & can be bribe)
8. I'm neutral in politics.
9. Not interested in politics.
10. I've to visit my mistress.
11. I need to give my dog a bath.
12. I've an appointment with my masseur.
13. I've facial & slimming appointment.
15. I'm mourning the death of my Arowana fish, I kept for 5 years.

Anonymous said...

Its the same as Perak.

I mean the ISA issue is the same as Perak.

The line has been drawn, no matter even if we are right 100%, morally, constitutionally correct, even if 90% of the citizens in Malaysia wants the ISA abolished.........just like Perak, it just wont happen.

It just wont. Najis Razak is effectively saying screw all of you, i dare you to do as you want atPRU 13......... i, Najis Razak and my Barisan Najis.......i still think my Barisan Najis will win with JUST Sabah, Sarawak and the kampung Malays.

nightcaller said...

Yes Ken...we are more united than what Najib thinks.

Julian,

Blame it on the police...

Wave 33
one step at a time...one step at a time...we'll reach there for sure with your friends in tow...just be patient.

Anon 6:26 pm
Don't be too cocky, my friend. Things will change and the time will soon come...

JAMES LIM said...

Don't hide behind anonymous!
It means you can be engaged in libel & slander or you can write nonsense.

Anonymous said...

Saw some brave guys kicking the tear gas canister,but it rolled not far and the gas kept on coming out.Is it posible to collect it and put into a plastic bag to keep the gas from coming out or at least slow down the proses.If possible provide plastic bags to everyone. Just a thought.

Anonymous said...

Kita kena seksa, dia best enjoy with hindustani stars at home.

Read this :
"We stayed for two sets and was about to leave when I saw David Arumugam walking in! He just came back from the PM’s house where he entertained the "birthday boy” along with Shah Rukh Khan and Rani Mukherji who were especially flown in from India (they did a dance routine, I was told)."

Taken from http://mrsnordin.blogspot.com/

KS Cheah said...

Apa khabar DNightcaller? It was great meeting your acquaintance last Saturday. I am sure we will meet again.

Our independent account of last Saturday does match up...down to the detail of aspiring actresses! LOL

http://nocturnal-mind.blogspot.com/2009/08/abused-by-your-own-protectors-minding.html

Take care.

Cheah

Kedah Kids said...

cacingkah nightcaller ini?

Kedah Kids said...

night caller ini sangat disukai perternak cacing Malaysia kerana ia kuat makan dan pulangan hasil yang cepat.

nightcaller said...

Anon 12:32

maybe those guys kicking the gas canisters are trying to catch the attention of Ferguson since Ronaldo is gone...

Anon 10:05

I read through mrsnordin blog and shuddered at the possibility. Rakyats on the grounds demanding abolishment of ISA and they can still "bolly-dancing" with shahruz and rani mukherji.

Keep an eye on Rani, she may be conferred with Melaka Datukship soon, courtesy of Rustam in honour of PM6.

KS Cheah (Taiping tiger)

The pleasure is all mine :)

Kedah kids
Itu ANC "Africa nightcrawler" bukan "africa night crawrer". Dan ANC tak sama spesis ngan nightcaller...:)

julee said...

Yes, the police should use ISA on the pro-ISA group and lock them up for 3 years. Since they are pro-ISA, I am sure they will fully support the police decision.

aston said...

Razak - started racial politics and malay supremacy

Mahathir - started cronyism and corruption and ISA politic

Badawi - started sleeping culture and half pass six nepotism

Najib - start sex and killing politics

konek said...

About time this Muhyiddin the idiot, damn right needs a tight slap! He has been so irritating, talking too much nonsense and confusing everybody!

ruyom said...

Beware the Umno morons who are attempting to revive the spectre of racialism as they desperately try to keep power. PR must not fall into their trap.

fargoman said...

Why are we Malaysia not equal to Singapore, some hurtful truths:

When we have to pay RM100 million for an abandoned bridge project.

When thousand of Malaysian motorists have to brace the jam, the fume, the carbon monoxide, and at the expense of the quality family time, to crawl through the causeway everyday to "cari makan".

When thousand of kids from Johor wake up in the wee hours of the morning to catch their school bus to Singapore for their quality education.

When they have one of the highest property ownership in the world.

When they are so many abandoned shopping complexes in Johor, e.g. Sun City, Pacific Mall, Lot 1, Kemayan City, etc.

When there is a railway line from Tg Pelepas to Senai in Johor, built at a cost of many millions but has never been used for at least the last four years.

When their politicians are ex-Malaysians, e.g. Irene Ng (ex-journalist), Khaw Boon Wan (minister of health) and Lee Bee Wah (ex-rubber taper daughter from Rumbai, Melaka).

When their per capita spending power is 5X per capita of an average Malaysian.

When their crime rates are negligible when compared to Johor Baru.

When the biggest shopping complex in Johor, City Square is majority owned by Temasek, an investment arm of Singapore.

When Singapore says cheap, cheap, cheap (like a bird) shopping in Johor.

When Singapore has the most efficient and world class airport, MRT and port system.

When Singapore is ranked so highly in the transparency index as compared to Malaysia.

When Singapore is ranked as the most business friendly place.

When SGD1 = RM2.88.

When our public transportation is a real poor cousin of SBS and MRT.

When our professionals are attracted to Singapore in droves.

When our minister sits comfortably and not bringing in the much needed foreign investment to spur growth.

When our best brains in Malaysia are offered scholarship and subsequent citizenship to be Singaporeans.

When Malaysia stop the crux mentality and be more transparent with the award of the bridge, CIQ, other projects etc, without the due process of tender.

When as a wee nation, they are expanding their external economy at breakneck speed by strategic acquisitions.

When as a tiny nation, their foreign reserve is manifold of Malaysia.

When as a backward backyard with no natural resources, Singapore has made it to be one of the most developed nations in one generation.

The list goes on and I weep for Malaysia, not meant as a sarcasm but really as a matter of reality.

kentanjim said...

I totally agree with Utusan this time around!

Yes, the malays are a bunch of very yellow ayam because they allow their Umno politicians to screw them alive since independence and till today still did not realize it!

nightcaller said...

Julee
ISA is an archaic law that has outlived it's function. With that statement, even pro-ISA supporters should not be subjected to ISA. Just because they are pro-ISA does not make them liable to be ISA'ed without trial.

Aston
Can we remember our past leaders' contributions instead of their failures? As for Najib, he must prove and convince the rakyat that he is not what you paint him out to be.

k****
Pls change ur nick to a more presentable nick :)

ruyom
I agree with you and any attempts to turn anything into racial issues should ceased immediately. PR can start flooding police reports and you can do that too.

fargoman
It boils down to perception. Everything looks greener on the other side of the fence. As rakyats, we should be thriving for a better Malaysia and send a clear and strong message to politiians to buck up and work for the rakyat, failing which we will give PR the mandate to govern Malaysia after GE13. OK with you?

Kentanjim
Can I disagree with you? All this while, 45 % of Malays in all states (except Johor?) supported opposition parties since 1957. So, most probably the ones who caused us being screwed by UMNO politicians are the 55 % UMNO members and supporters. Hope this 55 % will change their mind after realising that UMNO has been screwing them up since 1957.

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