Important points to consider here, especially when one is angry . it’s ok to be angry, but violence is not our way! In short . “please stay calm and do not react.” I would add be creative in how one expresses their displeasure and solidarity!
Viveg commented at 12.59am : Situation in Bukit Mertajam is quite tense. Just came back from BM police station. Received call from friend that people in Raja Uda, Butterworth (Chinese area) are extremely angry. Went to the Berapit Kampung Baru to see a friend and he informed me that the mood is the same. They know where to push the people to make them angry. Please help put up a post to calm down the people as Malaysia Today, People’s Parliament and Malaysiakini has the widest coverage. I just don’t want the people to walk into the trap they have set.
abu sayap commented at 1.18am : I would like to call upon all Malaysians to do these:
1. Remain calm
2. Do not do anything rash
3. Do not take to the street
4. Do not be instigated by people to demonstrate
5. Just voice it out in your blog, your comments to the blogs, and inform your friends and relatives about the situation
6. Call your Aduns or MPs and voice out your objection about these arrests and urge your representatives to voice out
7. Members of political parties, sms your leaders to pressure them to voice out
We shall object to these draconian acts by using civility and do not fall into the traps of giving the big brother a chance to declare emergency rule..
Viveg’s got every reason to be concerned and abu sayap’s advice is spot on.
Malaysiakini back to it’s stripped down version .
An ironic result from the past which was meant for the future? Has the future invaded the present too quickly for the liking of some?
It is this unique combination of the Internet and Raja Petra together with the peculiar situation existing in Malaysia today that has produced this phenomenal success. The peculiar combination I refer to is first, the atrocious standards and utter lack of credibility of the mainstream media that eased the acceptance of Malaysia-Today by Malaysians. The second is the foresight of Dr. Mahathir with his Multimedia Super Corridor initiative and its solemn promise of non-censorship that made Raja Petra and Malaysia-Today blossom.
Today we, Malaysians as well as non-Malaysians are the beneficiaries. Raja Petra’s being held under the ISA would not in any way diminish that luster. But then what do cavemen know of about luster or gold and platinum! To them those are nothing but rocks and pebbles!
We are proud of you, Hoon Cheng . now we’re challenged not to let you bear the whole weight on your shoulders!
"Only one female officer was in her uniform out of the ten police officers. They asked Hoon Cheng to open the door through the gate, but Hoon Cheng requested them to produce the arrest warrant."
"One of the officers claimed that they were form Bukit Aman, and said they wanted to bring Hoon Cheng away. Hong Cheng did not open the door, and told them she needed to make a few phone calls."
"Before taking her away, the female officer informed Hoon Cheng that the police were investigating one of her reports under Internal Security Act. She has also asked Hoon Cheng whether she wrote the article. After that, the female officer verified Hoon Cheng’s IC and telephone number. The officers were also checking her room as well."
Before they whisked her away, the female officer assured of her personal safety, and if there was any development they would contact her family.
According to Sin Chew Daily northern region chief reporter Chua Ching Joo, Hoon Cheng made a few phone calls, eventually she managed to get him.
"Hoon Cheng sounded very upset, but she was professional in handling the situation, she did not even cry."
He said, "Hoon Cheng explained the whole process in a simple yet precise manner. She only said the police were taking her away. She did not mention where they were bringing her to."
Voice from the north ..the pictures makes the voice clearer!
We want to insist that this is NOT a racial issue, but it is about Justice for ALL Malaysians. Tonight, Malay Malaysians stood with Chinese Malaysians and Indian Malaysians in protest of the atrocity by the UMNO-led Barisan Nasional Government, especially the Prime Minister and the Home Minister who had approved the use of the unjust draconian ISA on innocent citizens Raja Petra, on journalist Tan and on a parliamentarian and a state minister YB Teresa Kok. Let us unite together and reject evil with goodness and love.
Kita nak ingatkan bahawa ini BUKAN isu perkauman, tetapi isu Keadilan untuk Semua. Pada malam ini, orang-orang Melayu berdiri bersama dengan orang-orang Cina dan Indian untuk membantah kekejaman Kerajaan BN pimpinan UMNO dan juga membantah tindakan Perdana Menteri dan Menteri Dalam Negeri yang menggunakan undang-undang tidak adil ISA ke atas Rakyat yang tidak bersalah seperti Raja Petra, seorang wartawan Tan dan seorang ahli Parliamen serta Ahli EXCO Selangor Teresa Kok. Biar kita bersatu padu untuk melawan kejahatan dengan kebaikan dan kasih sayang.
I recall an older motto during the height of the Y2K controversy that has always kept me on the ground “NO Hype, NO Hysteria!”
The news has spread fast. With it are concerns that a wider 1987 type crackdown is going to happen or that even worse, there is going to be chaos and racial violence.
We must remain calm. Reactionary behaviour and fear mongering is not going to make things any more sensible or easier. Things will unfold as they have to.
The Government must also do its part and explain clearly how RPK is a threat to national security and why he has been detained. He had presented himself everytime he was asked to at police stations and in court. He has been charged, has not attempted to flee the jurisdiction and has indicated his desire to defend himself in court.
The Malaysia Bar Council reminds us that Malaysia is a member of the UN Human Rights Council.
The Malaysian Bar has consistently denounced the ISA as draconion and undemocratic, and believes that preventive detention laws should not be invoked under any circumstances. The ISA and other preventive detention laws violate fundamental rights, are unconstitutional and oppressive, and have no place in a society that respects and upholds the rule of law. If an offence has been allegedly committed, the individual concerned must be charged in court and given a fair opportunity to defend himself. We agree with the view reportedlyexpressed by Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Dr. Rais Yatim yesterday when he disagreed with the call for the use of the ISA on Datuk Ahmad Ismail, saying that this “will have a huge effect on. the rule of law” and that he should therefore “go through the normal process of law“.
The Bar Council is equally perturbed that three newspapers have been issued show-cause letters today over their news coverage. This together with the arrest of Raja Petra Kamaruddin under the ISA may be viewed as a chilling message that our fundamental freedoms are not secure.
I hope more people will be aware of the dynamics that are in play .. and not fall into any trap . being impulsive is not going to help anyone. Breath slowly (even when you have the right to be angry). Cool down (as you find ways to let off steam non-violently), Act wisely (with due reflection, and better still consultation with people whom we trust and who can help us see things clearly).
The way I look at it, as far as I’m concern, this emotional level has gone up to a new high as the snub came from not only Ahmad as an individual, but by the entire Umno divisions from Penang which is led by no other than the PM. It’s unprecedented in our nation’s political landscape which unfortunately painted a very negative outlook among the international eyes at the same time.
Moreover, based on what I’ve read and heard from the little birds so far, I’m afraid things are getting quite out of control, beyond the authority of the PM and the DPM who continue to remain mum ever since the press conference, with more leaders from all sides joining the fray, more or less portraying themselves as the representatives or the hero of the respective race the party is representing.
I suspect the open abuse and racist remarks together with the constant denial as a trap to stir up the racial emotions and gives unwanted opportunities for the authority to call for an emergency state.
If that’s to happen, it’s going to create a huge setback and might foil the September 16 plan indefinitely, hence I’d like to urge the people to stay clam and not to react emotionally which might lead to a chaotic situation which I’m sure you and I wouldn’t want to be in.
For anything which is not good to take place during this turbulence period, mind you, it’s going to ugly, very ugly. A repeat of May 13 nightmare is a disaster we must avoid at all cost.
Make love, not war. A cool head is what we really need now.