The world is on a shopping spree, coz Christmas is just around the corner. But guess what is Malaysia doing? It’s on an arrest spree.
Abdullah Ahmad Badawi’s government is arresting just about everyone who’s suspected of organising rallies on sight. It was only International Human Rights Day yesterday (Dec 10), when the government arrested lawyers who walked for justice.
Today, Abdullah has ordered all roads to Parliament blocked, and arrested scores of people ranging from activists, politicians and writers, for gathering at the August House to submit a memorandum protesting the extension of the Election Commision chief’s retirement age. (If you want to know why Abdullah wants to crush Bersih – the rally’s organiser – read Elizabeth Wong’s)
The Opposition, especially Keadilan and PAS, are mostly targetted. Human Rights activists and the writers’ group as well. Even a teenager was nabbed during the fiasco. Is Malaysia truly Asia, or just truly mad?
SUARAM’s latest statement says that the government’s crackdown on peaceful assembly continues with the arrest of 23 individuals, including SUARAM executive director Yap Swee Seng. Those arrested are reportedly held at the Kuala Lumpur Contingent Police Headquarters (IPK Kuala Lumpur). As of 2pm, 23 individuals (including a 13 year old ) were confirmed detained at IPK Kuala Lumpur. They were detained either on the way to Parliament to submit the memorandum, or when they were leaving the Parliament, about 1.00 to 1.30pm.
I’ve never seen such cowardice. But wait…I actually have…in 1987 and during reformasi days. Whenever UMNO is at its lowest and weakest points, instead of tackling business in-house, it diverts attention and attacks others. No wonder the rot in UMNO continues.
It’s great to see the people coming together defying Abdullah’s dictatorship. Abdullah would have been able to live up to his “Mr. Nice Guy” label, if he had only shown some respect for human rights. But alas…
Who’s giving him advise these days, I wonder? Fourth floor guys? Najib, the deputy prime minister?
Looks like someone wants the prime minister to look really bad. And the stupid guy just falls into their trap.