Sunday, May 28, 2006

Sieg Heil, Mein Fuhrer! Nazism Malaysian Style?

It was meant to be a peaceful demonstration of the people's unhappiness with the recent fuel hike. Alas, it turned out to be a ruthless display of police brutality. What happened this morning in front of the KLCC was a public confession of the private intention of the government not to tolerate any form of dissent no matter how justified. Looks like the intolerance of the Mahathir era is very much alive and kicking. Not having learnt their lessons on the rights of citizens in a true democracy, the government is foolhardily galloping on like half-blind cowboys on a lynching spree.

A total of 17 demonstrators including 2 women were arrested. Ketua Pemuda PAS, Salahuddin Ayub, Ronnie Liu (DAP) and Badrul Hisham Shahrin (KeADILan) were among them. PAS Deputy President , Ustaz Nasharudin Mat Isa; Vice President, Haji Mohamad Sabu; Treasurer, PAS Pusat, Dr Mohd Hatta Ramli; AJK PAS Pusat, Haji Mahfuz Omar and Ustaz Idris Ahmad were surrounded by the FRU and escorted out, reported Harakah.

Apparently about 300 to 2000 people (depending on who quoted the figures) gathered from around 9.30am to protest the fuel as well as electricity tariff hike. Soon FRU trucks rolled in menacingly like you would have seen in old western films on Soviet brutality. After the usual perfunctory warnings our bullies in blue moved in with water cannons and all. According to Malaysiakini the demonstrators were repeatedly kicked and the police dispersal resulted in at least one person being hospitalized due to head injuries.

Now who do you think decided to end the demo in this fashion? The government or the police? My guess is the kerajaan, but I could be wrong. Apparently the police seem to have started thinking for themselves as of late, and the government writ doesn't run too strongly in their areas; and we were all this while under the impression that they were unthinking morons who blindly took orders from the government!

For all you know it could be good old Radzi, the Minister of Internal Security trying to make amends after the 'Lelaki Komunis Terakhir' ban fiasco. You know, sort of get back into the good books of Pak Lah and the other UMNO big boys rather than be dubbed as 'Lelaki Censor Terakhir'.

The possibilities are endless. But what is crystal clear is that the government has decided to play hardball. The only recourse left is therefore what little protection and relief the courts can give us until at least the next general elections. Then we can show them what 'fast bowling' is. Until then the Malaysian Reich rules on.


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