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Parliament speaker said it is OK for parliamentarians to wear yellow-so what the fuss by the police?

 

The police, following the Home Ministry’s order, has started to arrest and summon people who wear yellow or anything related to the alleged `illegal’ assembly by Bersih. However just look at their enforcement to see if they are fair:

* Lokman Adam and 20 UMNO Youth who wear red t-shirt to lodge police report near PKR HQ at Merchant Square was not stopped by police nearby, even though the UMNO Youth rally also planned a similar `illegal’ assembly on July 9th. Is the `illegal’ assembly by UMNO Youth enjoying immunity from police action?

*MBPJ councilors who wear yellow/Bersih paraphernalia at their full board meeting has just been swiftly summoned by police to give statement;

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See no Bersih does not mean others don't see Bersih! An Ostrich formula is a sure business loser !

Update: Apparently there is more to the media advisory! Merdeka Review reported a leak from attendants of a media briefing at Cyberjaya today, which says that the government has advised the media to exaggerate any inconveninces caused by the Bersih rally eg traffic jams, and ignore the possible police violence in their reports. This is clearly a political interference which is unacceptable to any media professionalism and ethics that require reporters to report what which are true and what which are happening in front of the reporters.  So readers and audiences should know what to expect from these mainstrema media and where to look for alternate, true reports!

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Why is supposedly neutral EC bothered about the momentum created by Bersih favour PR instead of BN? Isn't it the BN's job to bother about its own fortune in elections?

The EC held a talk this morning in KL to rebut the Bersih’s rally on July 9th. While there are expectation that the EC may finally see the light and take some of the Bersih demands to the politicians who hold back the electoral reforms the EC No. 2 Dato Wira Wan Ahmad chosed to parrot the BN politicians’ accusation that Bersih aim to topple the BN government through mass rallies, or at least help Opposition build momentum to capture Putrajaya. Well the best test on Bersih’s intention is for EC to accept the 8 very reasonable demands from Bersih and see if the group will continue its current agitation. It is only after talking had failed to produced results that civil society groups take to the streets-and this is happening all over the world. Similarly the EC’s faulting the Bersih for choosing the timing now to take action -mindful of a possible general election by year end -a possibility just reportedly confirmed by Pairin of PBS, is taking the civil society for fools. Would politicians listen after the elections, after they had secured the votes they desire so much? All over the world voters can only have the golden chance to plead their cases ahead of a poll-not after!

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Dr Lee Boon Chai and 3 others are the latest arrests. Never has the police been so efficient to swoop down on their targets-are they trained to go aftter Opposition members only?

URGENT APPEAL: 30 June 2011

FOUR MORE BERSIH RELATED ARRESTS : RELEASE THE FOUR!

Four more individuals have been arrested earlier this morning in relation to an on-going crackdown on the civil society initiated Bersih 2.0 rally, slated for 9 July. Bersih 2.0, a coalition of civil society organisations have called for electoral reforms in the run up to the 13th General Election, widely expected to be called sometime this year. With these four arrests, a total for 108 arrests have been made in relation to an on-going crackdown on freedom of expression and assembly.

The four are:

1.     YB Dr Lee Boon Chye (Member of Parliament for Gopeng)

2.     YB Chan Ming Kai (Simpang Pulai ADUN)

3.      Loke Sai Kau

4.     Johnny Tan Kar Chock

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There are a few kinds of mental pattern that impede the growth of democracy in Malaysia-they should be identified and countered effectively. These patterns of thoughts exclude democracy in their logics and if they are allowed to be the guiding thought of the ruling parties-then the chances of democracy taking roots and growing up would be slim!

Firstly it is the ethnic supremacy idea. The ketuanan Melayu idea of UMNO want to see Malays as the leaders of the country-in all fields if possible. The party want to see a hierarchy of ethnic groups with the Malays sitting at the top. Some UMNO types would say that they would die to defend this idea, basing their claim to supremacy on the native status of Malays. However the problems with this idea is: The complaint people have on the idea is more to do with the people who insist to be the leaders based on the supremacy claim are not delivering good non-corrupt and fair to all governance. In another words people may not mind which ethnic group provide the good leadership-so long that the leadership is good and fair to all. When challenged on this ground people with this mental pattern is driven to become violent in the name of defending their community, or they can justify unfair advantages to their group/party including in elections. Something like the ends justifying the means.

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Some legal experts don’t think there is any legal basis for the Home Minister to pronounce the Bersih t-shirt illegal, any more than the police can regard and act on Bersih rally as an illegal activity. Lawyers are urging those arrested on account of wearing the Bersih t-shirt to sue the government!

Experts: Bersih T-shirts NOT illegal

Stephanie Sta Maria | June 29, 2011(Free Malaysia Today)

The home minister comes in for a lot of flak for pronouncing that the wearing of Bersih T-shirts is against the law.

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Can you imagine the security force ban its master’s function? This is happening in Penang tomorrow when the state police chief obtain a court order to stop anyone from attending a state government’s function -one on the island and another on the mainland. The tail wagging a dog? In most federal states the police are a local management issue-but in Malaysia the police take order only from the Federal government. Thus it is possible for the Federal government to use the state police against a state government function! But in this sense how can the police be seen as serving the public’s interests?

Penang police warn against attending ‘illegal’ state ceramah

By Debra Chong
June 29, 2011

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