So, It Is Permit Or Obedience?
Posted by ErnieJean on November 26, 2008
Check this out folks………right brain cell doesn’t what the left brain cell is doing……….trademark of our BN govn, actually……..
The official statement from our KL and Selangor police….
Selangor police chief DCP Datuk Khalid Abu Bakar refuted the Bar Council’s claim on Monday that they practised double standards as seen in the way they handled two different illegal gatherings on Sunday.
“I will keep it simple. When our orders to disperse fall on deaf ears and are not adhered to, we will move in and act. That is when we may carry out arrests. What then are we expected to do? Stand and watch? We are law enforcers and when we act, it is within the parameters of the law. We will appear silly to the rest of society if we do not act.
Asked if police had given more leeway to Barisan Nasional parties in allowing them to hold gatherings and were more picky with Pakatan Rakyat component parties, Khalid objected strongly to such a notion, saying police are apolitical.
“It may appear so because we seem to be detaining Pakatan Rakyat members. But why is that happening? Simply because they defy orders and they do not disperse even when repeatedly told to do so. When BN parties such as Umno carry out these protests, we act too but when they are told to disperse, they listen.
“Have the police not given such warnings to Pakatan gatherings? We do all the time but it is ignored. We are able to manage such protests done by BN members without having to resort to detaining anyone but when Pakatan Rakyat does it, it gets out of hand simply because they do not show respect for the law.”
Kuala Lumpur police chief DCP Datuk Mohd Sabtu Osman also said that when members of such protests disperse when ordered to do so, there is no reason for police to detain them as there will no grounds to charge them in court for illegal assembly.
He said this was the case when a pro-ISA group called Pewaris staged a protest along Jalan Ampang
Note that both of them say the same thing…..that Non-Umno linked rallies were harrassed because they were basically being “Stubborn mules” and refused to listen to police instructions to disperse, but instead sang Negaraku acapella style………..unlike the UMNO-linked rallies who were absolutely well-behaved and definitely did not attack a female observer, denting her car in the process………Nope, they were very good boys indeed.
Any mention of permits granted? How can right? Grant pernit to one group and not to the other group would make the police seem very very biased, right?
And then we have the “hero” from our Home Ministry who released this statement………..
PUTRAJAYA: The police did not practise double standards when they arrested several people, including PAS leaders during an anti-ISA gathering on Sunday night, but did so because it was held without a police permit, Home Minister Datuk Seri Syed Hamid Albar said.
He said the individuals, including PAS vice-president Mohamad Sabu and its Youth chief Salahudin Ayub were detained because they took part in an illegal gathering.
“As far as the police are concerned, any gatherings or rallies can only be organised if a police permit has been obtained.
“In this case, there was none, hence action was taken. There was no double standard,” he told reporters Wednesday after opening the ministry’s Quality Day.
Syed Hamid was commenting on claims that police practised double standards when they arrested several Opposition members who took part in an illegal anti-Internal Security Act gathering, but did not take similar action against members of Malay Cultural Organisations and Related Bodies Cooperation Network (Pewaris) who gathered to urge the Government to act against those who called for the ISA to be abolished.
Police had earlier confirmed that Pewaris had obtained a police permit to gather and walk to the Jalan Tun Razak police station to lodge a police report against such groups. (So, why didn’t the police said so earlier in their press conference? Why is the Home Ministry giving another statement on their behalf? Someone forgot to coordinate….AGAIN!!??)
Confused? Well, I am.