Hi friends, I am in New Zealand attending a MPs’ conference on population now.
The time here is 4 hours ahead of Malaysian time, it is Saturday night now and the
whole city is soooo quiet. I can’t sleep so early, so I try to put a few interesting emails
and articles which have been sent to me earlier to my blog, just in case some of you
have missed them earlier.
Of Ignorance, Impunity & Insult to Injury by the IGP
by Martin Jalleh
The police force in Bolehland has very ironically lived up to its name it
carries out its supposed duty with brutal “force”. Sadly, such mindless
aggression is seemingly condoned and even commended by Inspector General of
Police Mohd Bakri Omar whose pathetic justification adds insult to injury.
Below is an open response to the IGP’s comments made in a Malaysiakini
interview on the violence demonstrated by the police when breaking up a
peaceful demonstration of about 500 people in front of the Kuala Lumpur City
Centre (KLCC) on 28 May, protesting against the price hikes in fuel and
electricity. Alas, very little has changed since Pak Lah took over.
Mohd Bakri: “The police have got a job to do (and) they were merely doing
their job. I defend the action of my officers and men…”
Is it the job of the riot police to run riot? Is it your job as the
Inspector General of Police to defend your men without “inspecting” and to
“generalise” so as to cloud the truth!
Mohd Bakri: “How serious are they? I don’t know how serious they are…” (in
response to Malaysiakini’s feedback that “a few of them were seriously
Without knowing the seriousness of the situation you insist on defending
your men! Are you really serious about being the IGP of this country?
Mohd Bakri: “The police have been tasked into looking after law and order
that’s our basic function.”
There was law and definitely a lot of order when the public demonstration
and protest began… until the police created the chaos by clubbing the
Mohd Bakri: “If you refer to section 33 of the Police Act, which is
available in the major bookstores in town, then you should know our
If you refer to the Federal Constitution, which is available in the major
bookstores in town, then you should know our function as citizens of this
Mohd Bakri: “If people start going to the streets, demonstrate, and if the
police do nothing about it, it will affect the flow of traffic, it will
threaten the safety of the location.”
In the first protest on March 3 when your men allowed a peaceful
demonstration, the flow of traffic was normal though some slowed down to
honk in support of the demonstrators! No one felt unsafe.
Mohd Bakri: “If it is a business centre, then people will shy away (from
it), people will not go to that premise anymore and it causes a lot of
disturbance to the peace.”
For many foreigners, public protests in their country are a daily affair!
What frightens tourists most, Mohd Bakri, is the sight of baton-wielding
police unleashing their violence on innocent people like the protestors.
Mohd Bakri: “So we have a job to do, and my men have a job to do, and that
is why they advised (the protestors) ... (to) get this group to disperse. In
the course of it – if you go ahead and confront the police…”
The citizens of this country have a job to do too. The protestors were doing
what everybody including your men and their families should in fact be
doing protesting against price hikes that would gravely affect all of our