I’m still wondering why there is so little news coming out from so called alternative media like the Malaysian Insider on what happened last night . . . Malaysiakini conveys the views from the police here:
Selangor police chief Khalid Abu Bakar has denied that the police moved in on participants at a candle-light vigil last night while they were singing the national anthem.
That is what they (participants) are claiming,” Khalid told reporters at the Petaling Jaya police district headquarters about midnight.
When told that there was a video recording of the police action, Khalid replied: “I am denying it.”
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According to Khalid, a group had been gathering at the field opposite Amcorp Mall for four consecutive weeks and have not heeded police demands to apply for a permit.
“We have given them enough warnings,” he said.
Asked if the group had posed a danger to the public, Khalid replied “That doesn’t matter. The law says that a permit must be obtained.”
But the above does not jive with the eye-witness accounts and observations below:
(Thanks to Blog for Positive Changes)
The above youtube video is worth watching again . for the record, let’s us salute those who actually managed to FINISH singing the National Anthem “NegaraKu” even after the FRU moved in!
Chih Huat raises some important observations here.
In most countries, citizens are taught to respect their national anthem by standing still when it is sung.
Malaysian riot police last night taught a 100-strong crowd calling for free and fair elections a very different lesson: singing national anthem without the police approval may get you beaten up and arrested.
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Normally, the police would issue warning for participants of illegal gathering – a group of minimum three or five persons (according to different laws) qualifies to be one – to disperse within three to five minutes. Most organizers can even count on to negotiate for a longer period.
The crowd was therefore completely caught off-guard by the attacks as they were singing “Negaraku” to end their programme. The police seemed to be annoyed by their singing and could not wait to stop them by charging into them violently.
We need to give Dian Abdullah who was injured last night a listening ear now. The are pieces of the puzzle all over the net. I’m confidence people will have the intelligence to come to their own conclusions.
He and she who has eyes them them see,
and who has ears let them hear.