Sunday, April 29, 2012

Bersih 3.0: What's Happened?!

There are videos of the Bersih 3.00 rally in KL city yesterday that show how angry the people have become with the authorities.

This video carries the voice of someone shouting in Malay "Ooi polis, sial punya polis!" ('Ooi police, bastard police!"

It came after a police vehicle had apparently lost control and rammed into some of the crowd.

Seldom have Malaysians been this rude or angry against the police and this indicates the extent that the Malaysian police force's image has fallen in the eyes of the public.

This is the video showing the police vehicle losing control and ramming into some of the crowd.

And this is the video apparently showing someone being assaulted after the police vehicle had rammed into the crowd and someone shouting that there was somebody else trapped underneath the vehicle which was then overturned by some members of the crowd.

Malaysians are generally very respectful of the mata-mata (policemen) and won't even think of speaking bad about them.

It is quite shocking to watch these videos and see how Malaysians have now come to regard the Malaysian police force.

There are also many videos out there showing the police firing tear gas and water cannons into the crowd and some people bleeding.

2 comments:

  1. I don't know what to make of it all. Seems like the day was anything but "clean". There must be a better way of doing it.

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    1. Duncan, I beg to differ. Malaysians know that a lot of times, things don't turn ugly just by themselves. They are claims that agent provocateurs planted among the participants started the breach of the barricades to blame the organisers and make them look bad. I have no means to ascertain whether this is so or not, but I won't be surprised if it was. But at any rate, did the police need to fire tear gas and water cannons at the participants? It was not as if they were charging to harm the police or to hurt anybody. They were trying to gain access to Dataran Merdeka which is after all, a public square that the people have the right of access to. In the first place, there was really no good reason to deny the organisers use of the square to hold their sit-in. The mere fact that the authorities even went to the extent of obtaining a court order to bar access to the ground and lock down the place must tell something. BTW, I am of the personal view that the magistrate's order may in one sense be unconstitutional and ultra vires. I might write on this one day. The incident where a small group of people attacked a police vehicle that had ploughed into a crowd though not justified, is understandable under the circumstances. There is no better to get across the message to the Najib administration that Malaysians really want a clean up of the electoral roll and reform to the electoral process to ensure free and fair elections. Even with Bersih 1, 2 and 3 Najib's response to the lastest Bersh 3.0 was to say that if the oposition could do Bersih1, 2 and 3 then he could also do BR1M 1,2 and 3! What a laughable response. Read my most recent post "Bersh 3.0: Who's To Blame For Turning Rally Ugly"

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