An email received from Kohila of JERIT SECRETARIAT today:

Today the Deputy IGP Tan Sri Ismail Omar had urged to public not to participate in the JERIT’s campaign claiming that it is an unregistered organization, and we do not have permits and if the public takes part it is a criminal offence.

There are a few matters that the JERIT secretariat would like to clarify regarding the Deputy IGP’s statement:

1. JERIT is a registered organization just like SUARAM, Tenaganita and few other NGOs who are not registered under the Society Act but another act. Thus, JERIT is also registered under a different act. Furthermore, JERIT is a coalition of different coalitions such as the students coalition, factory workers coalition, plantation workers coalition and also NGOS. Coalitions like JERIT, BERSIH or Gabungan Mansuhkan ISA need not be registered as it’s a coalition of different organizations;

2. Regarding the participation of youths, we would like to emphasize again and again, parents have given consent for the youths to take part in this campaign. Many organizations also feel that the participation of the youths is good as they are doing something worthwhile for the nation during their school holidays. Furthermore, SUHAKAM and BAR Council have endorsed this campaign. JERIT feels that SUHAKAM and BAR Council have more credibility and their endorsement carries more weight compared to the police’s statement.

3. On the issue of this campaign is used by certain political parties for their interest, we would like to reiterate here that this campaign is to highlight the aspiration for the people. In the early part of this campaign, we sent letter to all political parties, asking for endorsement for this campaign. Only Pakatan Rakyat parties, and PSM endorsed this campaign. Many NGOs and MTUC also endorsed this campaign. So what is the problem if the endorsing groups participate and support the campaign.

4. The Deputy IGP also mentioned that some JERIT members have been arrested under the Printing and Publications Act. We really hope that whoever arrested will be charged in court as we have a good case to show the police is wrong whereas the police have got no case at all against us.

5. Finally, the Deputy IGP said that taking part in this campaign is a criminal offence ( The STAR) as the campaign is illegal. Well, in that case the Selangor Chief Minister launched this campaign and the Kedah Chief Minister , Penang Chief Minister and Perak Chief Minister participated by hosting the cyclist team and receiving the memorandum presented by the cyclists. So is the Deputy IGP going to charge all 4 Chief Ministers for criminal offence for supporting this campaign?

This campaign is an awareness campaign which is supported by the Rakyat. Wherever we go we are supported by the people in the local area. Furthermore, we have sent letters to all Chief Ministers that we will be submitting memorandum, and so far either the chief minister or his representative have received the memorandum from the cyclist. On the 18th of December 2008, we will be sending a memorandum to the Prime Minister and Opposition Leader. We have sent a letter to them informing about our programme.

So we don’t see why the police have to get all worked up on this campaign.

The country is moving towards greater democracy where the people want change. This was clearly reflected in the March 08 elections. Not only that, even the Prime Minister is promoting that more democratic space needs to be created. In that sense, it looks like the police force is still in colonial times with oppressive and suppressive attitudes.

It is time that the police force should learn to adopt a more open and democratic approach by respecting the civil and political rights of the people. They should change their mindset and not constantly create a fear culture which will suppress the democratic rights of the rakyat.

33 responses »

  1. alrawa says:

    Police,police go away
    Come again another day
    JERIT want to have a say.

  2. apapunboleh says:

    What democracy? Malaysia is a police state.

  3. jb says:

    Police heads are totally obliged to paymasters …
    aaah belakang kira.

  4. panca says:

    The Police should refrain from being involved in politics of the government. Question those who have given their directives to you if they are legitimate, it is neccesary to obtain proper and clear legal standing order and not blindly serve an abusive government.

    Protect the rights of the people not those power that be that abuses and corrupts. You are also subject to the rule of law of this country too.

  5. bondpiga says:

    hej
    swedwen her.
    mvh mch

  6. lhheng says:

    These bums are supposed to be law protectors.
    What the DIGP said clearly shows that they do not even know what they are talking about. They are just lapdogs to their Umno masters.
    They behave like clowns and made a laughing stock stock to the whole world.
    The irony is that they thought they are above law and really did a “good” job for the rakyat.
    Real Bolehland.

  7. bondpiga says:

    okey

  8. eagle says:

    Those with stars on their shoulder is ignorant and they fail to realize that the moment they retired from the forces, they will be forgotten by the power that be who are just using them for political agenda.
    DIGP is working very hard to get to be the top cop of the nation-so what else to do, the only thing they know is “BODEK”.
    A mediocre!!! to survive be a lapdog.

  9. amoker says:

    Support the Jerit Campaign. polis is bully,

  10. ADVICE ON PROPER USE OF UNIFORMED DEVICE

    Do what’s necessary like ‘crime prevention’
    Not unnecessary matter like ‘political intervention’
    It’s time to take cognisance of the real situation
    And to be in complete harmony with present population

    (C) Samuel Goh Kim Eng – 121208
    http://MotivationInMotion.blogspot.com
    Fri. 12th Dec. 2008.

  11. maxtor says:

    Polis tak bagi pergi, kalau pergi nanti kena sembur jangan nak marah, jangan nak kata kejam ke apa. Cari penyakit sendiri tu kan.

  12. SameSame says:

    Well we have a greece situation here! If anything… the results will disastrous. Imagine wat happened in PJ Field, Amcorp…yea, it could be worst la.

  13. Hahaha says:

    Anyone surprised?
    No wonder we also, have the biggest liar, Khalid CPO of selangor. When you have the DIGP having same level as a deceiving character, what outcome can the rakyat expect.
    Are we going to have a ROYAL POLICE FORCE full of lying officers? What shame they bring to the Royalties!

  14. wits0 says:

    When any negative reports appear about the institutions, they are always met with official denials. And that’s become standard and deemed sufficient to carry the day. Add to this situation are outright lies such as those about the streets being safe and the economy being strong. The toilet paper dailies gaily do their wondrous duty by promoting such skews and obfuscations.

  15. boombang says:

    They NOT only lie. Others get involved in robberies, assault, kidnappings and so on – just like zimbabwe and other 3rd world mentality countries. They prove ketuanan melayu. Towering malays.

  16. Batu Ferringhi says:

    The police should provide security and logistical support to ensure that our young cyclists are protected from harm. Not harassing them, that should be the ‘professional’ role of an independent police. In this case, they do the opposite and instead make it unsafe for our young ones participating in a peaceful and meaningful program….

  17. boombang says:

    The system is so corrupted and has deteriorated so much that ordinary citizen’s lives are in danger everyday; endangered and threatened by the every people we sent to Parliament to rule us!

    This cannot go on. Malaysia is no longer the same old Malaysia that we harbour hope to build into a developed nation.

    http://mt.m2day.org/2008/content/view/15943/84/#jc_writeComment

  18. wits0 says:

    To say the least, do develop nations always employ bull horn and siren blaring outriders traffic police in bikes and police cars to shout down all motorists to make way for those VVIP motorcades?

    “TEPI!, TEPI! (make way ye scums!)”

  19. MugAbe says:

    Definition of Malaysia Style Police State:
    Total use of force by the police/umno against anyone (except umno members) for disobeying the written laws and any verbal unwritten laws issued as and when the police/umno deem fit.
    We are the law and more important is “we are above the law”!

    The Law Is The Law (Written Or Unwritten) And Anyone Found Breaking It Will Be Arrested (Except For umno members)

    Warning to all Malaysians and Foreigners…..

    (F) For Your Safety And Protection

    Please do not go to the police for help, especially the tourist, if you are in danger because the police will arrest you under the ISA in order to protect you.

    There are reports daily of so many bad happenings in the country that require the police force to help and protect the rakyat but instead they are running rampage on innocent people who are just demonstrating their civil rights.

    http://ousel.blogspot.com/2008/12/please-help-our-pdrm-turn-malaysia-into_12.html

  20. Menyalak-er says:

    Aisay, the dep. tiger-general is spouting fecalent rubbish again! The poor rakyat has to contend with competing criminal triads – one of officialdom and the other underground.
    The problem is ‘compounded’ by their ‘berkongsi’ or sharing antics. Trickle-down economics right?
    Imagine the ‘taikor’ bullying the kiddies… this is not a police state – this is becoming an anarchy!

  21. harrison says:

    One can easily see why the police (PDRM) are the most vicious and uncouth institutions in Malaysia. ACA wants to be independent with an oversight panels. The Judges wanted independence. Only the Police defy the enactment of IPCMC.

    If a survey is conducted on Malaysia public, I bet that the Police will be found the most arrogant, uncivilized, sloth, power-abuse, kickbacks-waiting, clock-watching, paper-pushing institution.

    To verify my last sentence of para 1. Yes. It’s a police State. AAB wants to establish the IPCMC, but the police refused. Even the Premier has no guts on the Gestapo-of-Malaysia.

  22. . says:

    Dear Susan,

    Please forgive me for posting this message here, for I do not have email address.

    I am writing as a very concern citizen of Malaysia. Our education system in Malaysia has not only failed, it has failed miserably.

    The latest Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) report is out, to aid in understanding what has transpired, I’m providing two links –

    For Math

    For Science

    To make the long story short, I’ll just compare the result of our neighbor to the south, Singapore, to that of Malaysia

    In Science ( http://i38.tinypic.com/jqhu2r.jpg ),
    Singapore scores 32%, while Malaysia scores 3%

    In Math, ( http://i36.tinypic.com/28b5uzp.jpg ),
    Singapore scores 40%, while Malaysia scores 2%

    Susan, please don’t take this as a joke. The truth hurts, and it hurts terribly bad !

    One way or another, we must change the education system, or our kids will have no future at all.

    Thank you for reading.

    PS. For more information regarding Timss, please refer to the following link
    http://nces.ed.gov/timss/

  23. youbeggars says:

    “If we are mosquitoes, don’t threaten the elephant. So don’t talk so much, just leave,” he said when met at the Parliament lobby today.

    Nazri said, PPP’s existence in BN is not beneficial as the party lost the one seat that was allocated to them in Perak during the last general elections.

    “Their existence in BN is cumbersome to us. Umno had to sacrifice one seat for them, which is the Bukit Gantang seat to give PPP a chance to contest in Taiping.

    “Recently we did this again, and they lost the seat. So what is the benefit of having them in BN, because they are only here out of our sympathy.

    “When a beggar, don’t try to threaten,” he said.

  24. Ctizen Me says:

    We have a very good police force. But uinfortunately they are inconsistent in the application of the Law

  25. kittykat46 says:

    Not allowed to light candles
    Not allowed to wear No to ISA T-Shirts
    Not allowed cycle.
    Not allowed to say prayers for the Hindraf detainees.

    I know what I will NOT allow myself to do ever again – Not Allowed to Vote for Barisan Nasional.

  26. danet7882 says:

    the police should clean up their own act instead of harrassing some NGO like JERIT.. not to mention there are many cases that they “POLICE” fail to solve… SO please clean up your own backyard before u say anything else!! PLease don’t make RAYKAT like me feel that MALAYSIAN ROYAL POLICE are a piece of S**T…

  27. storm62 says:

    is our PDRM much respected?

    is our Home Minister respected at all?

    among all our ministers, i don’t know of any who gain my respect for them. majority of them have somesort of scandals, what a shame.

    all we ask for is just to being treated fairly, that’s all. not to be bullied all the time.

  28. ericind says:

    POLICE=GESTAPO SYED BOTAK/GUNI PETAI/MUSANG=THE THREE STOOGES

  29. Moonrider says:

    Expected lah, if no then something is not right .. if PR take over next election , sack all those corrupted and useless people with stars on the shoulder ..

  30. Deputy PIG(Police Inspector General) says:

    Dear All,

    This stupid UIA law grad was PIG Musang Hassang’s runner brought in 1999 from Butterworth,Penang as the then OCPD to “arrest,prosecute & persecute” the Reformasi movement. A close ally of Musang, has been promoted for his “loyalty” twice a year to become NO:2 PIG; just like Mazlan Mansor(CPO Malacca); Rodwan (Dy Director CID) all mere ASPs in 1999 to become 4 & 2 STAR Generals.

    They will do anything for money, position and power…..just anything…..the end justifies the means: Machiavellian……..TOK GURU Mahadey.

    Musang has to reward them as they hold the secrets of DSAI’s arrest, assault, cover-ups, blunders, abuse of power and corruption.

    So what if DPIG is wrong in his interpretation…all the y care is to cause FEAR amongst the Rakyat ….so that they will not come to support JERIT!!!!

    There is a notion in the PIG that create fear and get their way….though illegal, will not be acted upon as the A(bove) G(od) Gani Pak Taik is also their accomplice.

    IPCMC is the solution…. lets fight for that. create an NGO to get IPCMC formed.

    GOD BLESS

  31. Deputy PIG(Police Inspector General) says:

    Dear All,

    This stupid UIA law grad was PIG Musang Hassang’s runner brought in 1999 from Butterworth,Penang as the then OCPD to “arrest,prosecute & persecute” the Reformasi movement. A close ally of Musang, has been promoted for his “loyalty” twice a year to become NO:2 PIG; just like Mazlan Mansor(CPO Malacca); Rodwan (Dy Director CID) all mere ASPs in 1999 to become 4 & 2 STAR Generals.

    They will do anything for money, position and power…..just anything…..the end justifies the means: Machiavellian……..TOK GURU Mahadey.

    Musang has to reward them as they hold the secrets of DSAI’s arrest, assault, cover-ups, blunders, abuse of power and corruption.

    So what if DPIG is wrong in his interpretation…all the y care is to cause FEAR amongst the Rakyat ….so that they will not come to support JERIT!!!!

    There is a notion in the PIG that create fear and get their way….though illegal, will not be acted upon as the A(bove) G(od) Gani Pak Taik is also their accomplice.

    IPCMC is the solution…. lets fight for that. create an NGO to get IPCMC formed.

    GOD BLESS

  32. Fairplay says:

    what do expect from the Police. During the Deputy IGP extrance year into the police force , needed only pass standard 6. That is why we have all these low IQ top brass in the Police force. Research has proven that people of low IQ are most probaly likely to be street thugs and join criminals gangs. That is why you have now street thugs who are in command of the police force. these like normal gangsters get jealous and angry when somebody else come on their truff.

    What to do and how to reason out with these thugs. Look at Miri , which ever KTV Lounge you go , you can find the top brass of miri police and also the mata mata having a rowdy of a time , drinking until the lips move by it self , stripping the GRo’s and putting thier hands in their private parts and so on. Disgusting yes but then again these are thugs who always behave like animals

  33. […] I condemn what I perceive to be the exploitation of children aged as young as 13 to further the agenda of certain political parties, as the Deputy IGP said.  But JERIT has released a statement here. […]

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