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(GE12) Arrested at press conference, arrested for taking photos February 16, 2008

Posted by elizabethwong in Current Affairs, Democracy, Human Rights, Malaysia, Politics, Race Relations.
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Long day. Exhausted. So, short story.

Afternoon. Tian Chua and Pak Amjal were arrested during a BERSIH press conference.  (Report in Malaysiakini, with video, here)

Brickfields police finished taking their statements but wanted to remand them further. Tian asked to speak to the office in charge. The police brought in 7 uniformed men and 8 non-uniformed men. They grabbed and pushed Executive Director of  human rigyhts group Suaram, Yap Swee Seng and KeADILan media officer, Ginie Lim out of the room. Then ten of them dragged Tian to a police car.

Lim took photos of the fracas. And because of that, she was arrested.

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Cari Sharlinie, atau cari pembangkang? February 5, 2008

Posted by elizabethwong in Current Affairs, Democracy, Huh?!, Human Rights, Malaysia, Politics.
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Nasib Sharlinie di tangan polis, tetapi kelihatan polis lebih minat menyekat ceramah KeADILan. 

Berita dari Saudara Nik Nazmi tentang peristiwa ini yang berlaku semalam:

Sudah sekian lama Keadilan Bahagian Kelana Jaya bertungkus lumus untuk Ceramah Perdana semalam di Pusat Khidmat Masyarakat kami di Desa Mentari. Permohonan permit polis sudah dibuat, puluhan kain rentang sudah dipasang, ribuan handbill, SMS dan jemputan Facebook sudah dihantar.

Apabila saya tiba di Desa Mentari bersama ibubapa saya kelihatan sudah ramai anggota polis di sana – ada sekurang-kurangnya tiga puluh orang berpakaian seragam (SB wallahualam lah). Pihak UMNO di saat akhir menganjurkan kejohanan futsal remaja betul-betul bertentangan tapak ceramah. Hari sebelumnya MB Selangor Datuk Seri Khir Toyo hadir di Desaria, tidak jauh di Desa Mentari.

Tidak lama kemudian tayangan perhimpunan Bersih 10 November dibuat. Tiba-tiba pihak polis meminta agar tayangan dihentikan ‘kerana mengganggu penduduk setempat’. Kami akur, dan menghentikan tayangan tersebut.

Kehadiran makin bertambah, dengan pelbagai kaum – kira-kira 60% Melayu, 30% India dan 10% Cina. Saudara Halimey, Ketua Angkatan Muda Selangor dan juga Kelana Jaya memulakan majlis dengan meminta hadirin memberi tepukan gemuruh kepada pasukan polis kerana kerjasama mereka. Beliau juga menggesa agar semua bertenang dan menjaga tatatertib meskipun provokasi dari kelompok UMNO di padang futsal.

Tetapi apabila nampak hadirin mencapai kira-kira 3,000 orang pihak polis berubah fikiran. Mereka bertemu pimpinan bahagian dan minta ceramah dihentikan. Speaker yang berada di padang mesti dicabut, dan speaker yang berada di Pusat Khidmat dihalakan ke dalam.

Namun orang ramai tidak takut. Kebanyakan terus berada di padang, dan memberi sambutan hangat sebaik sahaja Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim tiba sekitar jam 9.45 malam. Selepas berunding dengan polis, mereka membenarkan beliau bercakap hanya di dalam Pusat Khidmat. Walaupun hanya sayup-sayup kedengaran di luar, orang ramai tidak berganjak walaupun seinci.

Seorang anggota Puteri UMNO cuba mendengar ceramah Datuk Seri dengan duduk di depan, dekat dengan premis kami. Beliau menerima baik risalah yang kami berikan. “Buat apalah polis ni ramai-ramai di sini. Kalau cari Sharlinie kan lagi bagus?”

Bagi penduduk Desa Mentari tentu lebih terasa ironi kehadiran polis sebegitu ramai. Sebelum insiden Sharlinie hampir mustahil bertemu polis di kawasan perumahan mereka. Bukannya mereka tak mahu menjaga anak-anak mereka, tetapi kebanyakannya memegang dua kerja untuk menempuhi kenaikan harga. Anak-anak pula lebih suka bermain di atas tanah, memandangkan rumah flat mereka agak sempit dan tidak selesa.

Pada akhir ceramah tersebut,, anggota Puteri UMNO tersebut antara puluhan orang ramai yang mendaftar menjadi ahli KeADILan. Kejohanan futsal tersebut terus berlangsung, walaupun kebanyakan remaja tersebut bersekolah pada hari ini!

Sebaik sahaja naik kereta untuk pulang, bapa saya yang sudah berusia 77 tahun mengeluh, “Apa nak jadi pada negara ini?”

(Nini) Teenager held to assist police investigation January 15, 2008

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utama_sharlinie.gif (Breaking news) Police have detained a 16-year old boy from Bagan Serai, Perak, to assist with investigations, after a week since Sharlinie (Nini) was reported missing. (Source: Kosmo/Utusan)

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Over the weekend, the uncle of the late Nurin Jazlin visited Taman Dato Harun and saw the police and Rela there in full force, and pondered, “…shouldn’t the Rela and Policemen and the scores of people be somewhere else looking for Nini?”

In the meantime, we are once again hearing the tiresome nonsense from politicians – from the Prime Minister to the Minister for Women, Family and Community Development, pointing fingers at parents. Yes, parents should be responsible for their kids, but shouldn’t the government be responsible for safe streets in the first place?
As for the bonus project (Chinese New Year bonanza come early for some?) of supplying CCTVs (worth RM75 million), please lar. Can we have some fundamentals first, like public lighting that works or extra street lamps.

My sister, who lives in an unassuming house in Damansara Utama was burgled and later had her clothes stolen from the frontage of her house – all within the span of a month. Her neighbour was asked to pay for an extra lamp pole near his house, despite their lane being terrible dark and dinghy.

And a stone’s throw away from my place in crime-prone Kuala Lumpur in the constituency of the Minister for Women, Family and Community Development, our neighbourhood playground has been pitch dark at nights for more than a year now, as the lights were all either broken or stolen. It’s becoming a haven for snatch thieves to unload their loot. Yeah, try CCTVing that, Shahrizat.

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