Sunday, August 2, 2009

Malaysia on NZ TV news

Was watching the TV news a while ago and Malaysia was on the news. Disturbing news of riot police in "action". Gave me a rude shock. So I checked the news online ..

Here's the Malaysian Insider article.

Analysis by Syed Jaymal Zahiid

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 2 — The brutal scene of police beating PAS lawmaker Hatta Ramli, which was captured on camera during yesterday's anti-Internal Security Act (ISA) rally, and the force in which the authorities put down the protest will certainly leave a black mark on Datuk Seri Najib Razak's fledgling rule.

The arrest of some 400 demonstrators including women and youths, the sight of tear gas fired towards peaceful demonstrators will not do much good for a prime minister who is just about to enjoy a bit of support from a sceptical public.

Pakatan Rakyat (PR) leaders will definitely ride on the public anger generated by the excessive force used by the police to crush a peaceful rally that saw some 20,000 people taking to the streets to protest against the ISA.

Ultimately the protest was a larger attempt by the federal opposition to reclaim its reform agenda from the Najib administration.

Since taking power, the prime minister has portrayed himself as a reformer, by pledging to review the ISA, making concessions for the non-Malay communities and taking steps to free up the economy.

The force with which the protest was crushed yesterday will certainly provide fodder for PR to say that the Barisan Nasional (BN) government does not tolerate any dissent.

It will also provide an opportunity for the opposition to use the ISA as a symbol of BN's intolerant approach in governance.

The city was transformed into a war zone yesterday, much of it due the fact that the authorities were not prepared to tolerate what was planned as a peaceful march.

Tear gas filled the air and the streets were covered with chemical-laced water sprayed towards demonstrators, forcing them to scurry for cover in nearby malls.

Go here to read the rest of the article ...

God have mercy on Malaysia

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