Wednesday, November 28, 2007

From BERSIH To HINDRAF - When The Talking Walks.

New Straits Times

KUALA LUMPUR: (1) Deputy Internal Security Minister Datuk Mohd Johari Baharum said the Hindu Rights Action Force leaders had made empty promises to thousands of Indians to take part in Sunday's illegal rally.

"The Hindraf leaders had not only defied orders but also (2) caused trouble to the public and the government," he said at parliament house.

Johari said he believed the Hindraf leaders had their own agenda, which had nothing to do with helping the Indian community.

He said (3) just a handful of representatives could have quietly handed over the memorandum to the British High Commission, without having to gather such a large crowd.

(4)"Even if they wanted to hand over a memorandum, why hand it over to the British government, they could have given it to our prime minister.

(5) "The issue now borders on racism and the opposition is having field day over it," he said.

Minister in the Prime Minister's Department (6) Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz said the discharge of the three leaders of Hindraf by the court showed that the judiciary was independent,

He said the courts had to follow procedures and be satisfied that there was fairness.

"Even if we feel it is wrong (discharging the trio) we accept the court's decision. But we have to follow procedure. Everything must be done in accordance with the law," he said.

I read this in bafflement. A few questions popped like mushrooms in my layman mind. Let me try to put them into words…

(1) *gasp* such conclusion! Isn't that... what's the word... sedition? Touchy! But then again, we were all given false promises 4 years ago too leading to today lah!

(2) Why then no permit was granted for a peaceful rally? Literally everyone is asking this question. If permit is granted, proper guidance and routes are given, people’s safety is promised, then the whole handling of memo is made legal and without drama, end of story, happily ever after! So why not?

(3 & 4) True. True. But then, will the head honchos allow for such memorandum to be handed in the first place is a big question, be it according to law and procedures and protocol or not?

Remember the time when 10 minus 1 of our non-Muslim cabinet ministers submitted a memorandum to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi calling for a review of laws affecting the rights of non-Muslims? The matter was quickly “resolved”, with the ministers “retracting the memorandum for the sake of national interest”. Riiight. Fish(y) and chips, anyone?

(5) Correct me if I’m wrong. As far as I’ve lived, this country is ALL about “the race". No? And why lah every time everything must be related to the oppositions? -_- Whether they are having a field day or not, should it cause so much fear that warnings must be given to the people?

You know there's a cantonese saying - if you can stand and walk straight, why be scared and bring other names in to the matter?

(6) Erm, "the judiciary was independent"?

Just a few curious questions if not more! If I'm allowed to ask, that is. If not, let's just all live in contentment and play pretend all's hunky dory and that this post will auto-delete on its own, long as we get our pay checks to go for mamak and shopping, hor? :) Oh well, here's a few bedtime stories for you to go along with! :) :)


Eugene T. said...

merci for the links. i finally see the government in the true light after being sheltered by mainstream media (which they own).

malaysia has always projected an image of racial unity and this response by the police shows otherwise.

but if not bn, then who?

Jared said...

oh well. as long we're still in this country, i suppose we still have to support and pray for our government. though i would love to have join the earlier riot the other when i was ther. hehe.

Alvin said...

eh thanks for the lovely birthday wish..appreicate it..never too late worries..

About our country's political crap? I better don't start coz i may end up writting a thesis about how crappy our country is right now...

anyway, lets hope for the best..