PKR Grand Gathering Attract Huge Police Presence, Not Audience…. and no Taib!
Kuching: The much hyped gathering turned out to be anti climax.
A publicity stunt by Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) Sarawak chairman Baru Bian could claimed to be the most highly secured press conference with the ratio police and organiser cum attendance stand at 20 to 1.
The event held at the old Court House saw the presence of 18 PKR leaders aligned to Baru Bian, over 50 press media and about 200 policemen spread over at the Waterfront and Central Police station.
In an earlier press conference this morning at PKR stampin branch, Baru Bian said he would be giving evidence of the NCR land that the Chief Minister wants to see first before debating with him on the issue.
Baru Bian told the press that he would be arriving at the old Court House at 4.30 pm as the place was formally used by the White Raja as DUN sitting. He said he would read out a speech context from Charles Brooke speech warning the natives to hold on to their lands.
As early as 12 noon, police were seen gathering at the Waterfront and around the city area. Vehicles going to the Waterfront via Kho Hun Yeang Street were stopped and checked.
The road leading to the Gambier through Kho Hun Yeang was closed. A number of police were on standby in the Central police station and around it including those at the India Street.
At about 4.15pm, three of PKR leaders arrived. There were more press members and police than PKR.
Baru Bian arrived right at the dot at 4.30 pm. He stood on the stairs leading to the old court house with PKR Sarawak secretary, Abang Zulkifli Abang Engkeh and PKR Sarawak Youth Chief Ahmad Nazib.
As he read a text of speech of Sir Charles Brooke in 1915, more and more PKR members joined him on the stairs. There were only 18 PKR members attending. There were no sign of the evergreen Hafsah Harun faction members.
As Baru Bian read his speech to the press and take questions, police from the Special Branch gets closer and a number were filming the scene. The uniformed police stood at the roadside and a distant away.
There was no commotion and Baru Bian finished his speech in peace.
When asked on the police’s heavy presence, Baru Bian said he was surprise that there were so many police and it was good that they were there to prevent any untowards incident.
He said he hoped that the police would respond fast too in other criminal offences.
He said it was fine with him to be surrounded by police and that he felt more secure with their presence.
“Police are good people and I appreciate their presence,” he added.
Kuching OCPD Mun Kock Keong who was there said police are taking the whole thing as an election exercise. Asked if he could call it a rehearsal for the police, he said, yes, you can.