Sunday, July 3, 2011

Emergency Rule?

Emergency rule now looks very possible judging from the sound bites coming from the authorities.

The Star 2nd July
PM Najib had earlier said that he would leave it to the police to decide whether to declare emergency rule if the Bersih2 Rally went ahead on July 9th.

The latest is the warning from the deputy IGP that the time for talks with the organisers of the various rallies notably Bersih2 rally is over, and that from now on the police will act tough.

But have the police not acted tough already even before the talks have finished when they arrested and continue to arrest people seen wearing yellow Bersih2 t-shirts?


Several opposition figures, including the organiser of Bersih2, Ambiga Sreneevesan, have already been called up by the police to give statements regarding the rally.

The latest to be called up was PAS deputy president Mohamad Sabu. But if I remember correctly, Mat Sabu only promised to mobilise 100,000 PAS members for the rally and only later said that he would ask for 300,000 members to attend instead.

But it was the president of PAS himself, Hj Hadi Awang, who promised one million PAS supporters for the rally. If I were the authorities, I would have had hauled up Hj Hadi Awang instead.

Now it is up to the rakyat to decide whether they want to vote out the ruling Barisan government in the coming general election or whether they want to continue with the status quo and continue to be dictated to.

The choice is in the hands of the people.


2 comments:

  1. Many are expecting the PM to call for a snap general election within a few months. Some even say he may call for one within this month itself, although from what is happening now this seems unlikely. From the current sound bites, Najib may even declare emergency rule. We hope not but if he does so, Parliament will be suspended and there won't be a general election. But emergency rule will surely further worsen the Malaysian economy and further anger and alienate the Rakyat. Let's see.

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