Monday, April 14, 2008

Malaysian Police Warn Against Anwar Rally

Malaysian police have threatened stern action against participants in a rally marking the end of a ban that prevented opposition figure Anwar Ibrahim from running for political office, newspapers said on Monday.

Police said Internet messages had urged Anwar's supporters to gather in the Malaysian capital in a show of support on Monday night, the Star newspaper said.

Malaysia's ruling coalition, which suffered the worst election setback in its history at polls in March, used tear gas and water cannon last year to disperse two large anti-government protests in the capital.

Anwar's Keadilan party is part of an opposition coalition that rules five of Malaysia's 13 states, but he himself can only run for office again on April 15, after the official ban, imposed following an earlier conviction for corruption, expires.

"We have not issued a permit for the gathering and neither was a permit requested, so I advise all those planning a gathering not to do so as they will be severely dealt with," the Star quoted Muhammad Sabtu Osman, the capital's police chief, as saying.

Anwar, who was in the political wilderness after being dumped in 1998 by his former mentor, ex-prime minister Mahathir Mohamad, has seen his political fortunes revived after the opposition pulled off a surprisingly big victory in last month's poll.

For the first time in 40 years, the opposition denied the ruling Barisan Nasional coalition a two-thirds parliamentary majority and seized control of five states.

Barisan's poor showing has sparked some calls for Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi to resign, although Abdullah has insisted he will not step down.

Anwar has said he is in no hurry to contest a by-election, preferring instead to focus on building an effective and credible opposition, media reported last week. (Reuters India)

***** Let's see if the police actually go ahead with their threats and engage in more violence like they did at the Bersih and Hindraf rallies. If the cops brutally prevent the gathering, either of their own accord or more likely at the behest of the Umno-led government, then Umno can kiss its future goodbye. The public will not accept anymore intolerant and undemocratic decisions and actions of the increasingly unpopular government in Putrajaya. Heed the peoples' voice or risk being forcibly dragged into oblivion.
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Blogger Antares said...

There are still herds of Malaysians with malfunctioning brains who idolize Mahathir, having grown up in an era where every single square inch of public space was permeated by his image as the local version of Big Brother. So it comes as no surprise that an equally vast herd was seriously convinced that the BN would retain its 2/3 majority at the last elections. Even seasoned journalists, supposedly with their ears on the ground, told me there was little real hope for the DAP-PKR-PAS Coalition apart from perhaps grabbing a few extra parliamentary seats. I could only shake my head in utter disbelief. With every single word and deed over the last two years, in particular, the BN has been nursing
a death wish the size of Borneo Island. From the despicable manner in which the Altantuya murder was handled right down to arresting the Hindraf 5 under the ISA a few weeks before GE12, the Badawi administration appeared to be doing everything possible to hand the country over to the Pakatan Rakyat. These empty threats against the March 14 Anwar Rally in Kg Baru from a soon-to-be-overhauled Polis Di Raja Malaysia - coupled with the Home Ministry's dogged refusal to release all ISA prisoners as a prelude to abolishing this repugnant tool of political repression - is just one more heavy stone tied around the BN's neck before they get thrown over the bridge into the dark blue sea of political oblivion.

12:41 PM GMT+8  
Blogger anakbulan said...

Saya ingin mengucapkan tahniah kepada rakan-rakan pejuang dalam PKR, yang telah berjaya mendapatkan publisiti percuma di media2 arus perdana beberapa hari ini. Sebagai seorang yang pernah melalui kegetiran peristiwa kekejaman regim BN, saya bersyukur kerana Black 14 yang disambut pada tahun ini dapat kita raikan dalam keadaan yang terang-benderang. Terima kasih juga kepada YAB TSKI selaku Pengerusi Kelab Sultan Sulaiman KL yang telah membenarkan veneu ini digunakan.

Saya kesal dengan kenyataan Ketua Polis KL, yang mempersoalkan perhimpunan ini sebagai haram dan tidak berpermit. Sepatutnya di zaman rusuhan dan tunjuk perasaan kembali menjadi budaya Umno selepas PRU12, pihak polis mereformasikan diri mereka dan menhentikan perbuatan mengkastakan rakyat.

Sepatutnya pihak Polis bertindak secara independen dan mengelakkan diri dari diperalatkan. Saya rasa perhimpunan pada malam ini akan disabotaj untuk memburuk2kan imej PKR dan Pakatan Rakyat. Tetapi harus diingat tindakan ini mungkin akan memberi tamparan hebat kepada BN dalam PRU13 nanti.

Orang2 Umno tidak perlu risau dengan perjumpaan ini, malah saya fikir lebih baik mereka turut sama menyertainya sebagai latihan untuk mereka menjadi pembangkang di peringkat Federal tidak lama lagi. Umno Penang, Kedah, Perak, Selangor dan WP boleh datang beramai-ramai untuk memahami dan berkongsi petua dengan para pejuang2 PKR.

Jika ini dapat dilakukan maka saya menjangkakan Umno dapat mengurangkan kos yang terpaksa ditanggung untuk mengadakan sesuatu tunjuk perasaan. Jika kini mat2 rempit boleh disuap dengan RM50 untuk merusuh, saya bimbang 5 tahun lagi harganya naik 10 kali ganda. Keadaan ini tentunya akan menyukarkan KJ untuk mengumpul dana untuk tujuan ini nanti.

Berbalik kepada Black 14, saya meminta maaf kepada rakan2 pejuang kerana tidak dapat bersama atas urusan2 yang perlu diselesaikan di Jerman (bukan pasal ladang babi!). Saya akan bertolak malam ini melalui S'pore. Selamat meraikan Black 14. Lawan tetap lawan!

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4:15 PM GMT+8  
Anonymous SM said...

PDRM should be changed to PDBN (Polis Di Barison National)! That's who they work for!
They are not loyal to King & Country!

4:32 PM GMT+8  
Blogger kittykat46 said...

Its a dinner party inside private property-lah.

Since when did a dinner party require a police permit ?
Are we back in the Emergency ?

Damned fool PDRM.

5:42 PM GMT+8  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

its a private function , on private property...WTF????

10:12 PM GMT+8  

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