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Increasing the number of police personnel in Murum Dam where the Penans have been relentlessly mounting blockades to demand that the state government and Sarawak Energy Berhad respect their rights and demands, smells of provocation, according to local lawyer Baru Bian.
Bian, who is also Sarawak’s PKR chief, was concerned with reports that the police will be sending reinforcements to the Murum dam construction site.
Warning the police not to arrest the protesting Penans, Bian said: “I am disturbed to read about the recent development in the Murum Dam issue, that police will be sending in reinforcements from Sibu and Kapit.
“I sense that this is a buildup to the arrest of the Penans who are manning the blockades and am extremely disappointed by the statement by district police chief DSP Bakar Sebau that action could be taken against them under Section 143 or 147 of the Penal Code for illegal assembly or taking part in a riot. This is an abuse of the process of the law.
“The Penans are a peaceful people and if there is any riot, it would be as a result of provocation by agents of the dam-builders or the authorities.
“Any arrest of the Penans by the police would in my view be an abuse of the process of the law and I am fully prepared to act for the Penans should they be arrested.”
He noted that state Land Development Minister James Masing had made a statement on Oct 18 that the ‘needs of both parties must be considered on the same level of importance and that the element of force must never be allowed to surface’.
“Let the negotiators on the side of the dam builders take heed of Masing’s words that ‘The people affected by the HEP dams cannot be seen as paying for the needs of the industry’.
“As for the last part of his sentence ‘and vice versa’, I can only say that since the people were not consulted before the project was started and thus did not give informed and prior consent, the authorities and dam-builders are in no position to demand anything from the people.
“Do not add insult to injury by accusing the Penans of being made use of by NGOs.
“This is a typical nonsensical response by the authorities when hit with the fallout from their arrogant and underhanded conduct – blame someone else instead of owning up to their mistakes and making reparation.
“If that does not work, try the bully tactic by threatening arrest,” he said.
Bian, who is the Ba’Kelalan assemblyman said the Penans had a compelling reason for mounting the blockades.
“The land is all that the Penans have and they are entitled to defend it. Do not forget that Assistant Minister Liwan Lagang reported that they have valid reasons to be unhappy.
“In which case what is wrong with concerned groups showing support for their fellow citizens and lending a helping hand?” he asked.
Read and View Video of the Plight of the Penan Community – Penan Dilemma
PKR mahu polis menyelesaikan masalah jenayah dan bukan mengintip aktiviti politik, kata Presiden PKR, Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail hari ini.
Presiden PKR itu mendakwa pasukan Cawangan Khas (SB) telah menyediakan kira-kira 733,000 laporan terhadap kegiatan politik penduduk dewasa Malaysia pada tahun 2010.
Wan Azizah berkata kadar jenayah yang berlaku akhir-akhir ini sangat membimbangkan.
Minggu ini ada dilaporkan berlaku kejadian pecah rumah Tan Sri Thamby Chik, ATM di Carrefour Wangsa Maju dicuri ? RM1.2 juta lesap dan satu keluarga Melayu Singapura yang keretanya dirampas dan diculik di Johor.
?Kerajaan memilih untuk mengatakan kadar jenayah semakin menurun tetapi pihak pembangkang mendakwa keadaan membuktikan sebaliknya.
?Laporan Bajet 2012, dalam tahun 2010 sahaja terdapat 382,000 laporan dari Special Branch tentang kegiatan politik rakyat, dan 351,000 pemeriksaan keselamatan ke atas rakyat,? kata bekas ahli parlimen Permatang Pauh itu.
Sebagai bandingan, Jabatan Siasatan Jenayah hanya membuka 212,000 fail jenayah, kurang 30 peratus daripada pasukan Cawangan Khas.
Untuk menangani masalah ini, Wan Azizah menambah, polis haruslah melaksanakan tugas-tugas polis yang utama iaitu membanteras jenayah.
Penjenayah kini semakin terdesak dan sanggup lakukan apa sahaja untuk memastikan matlamat mereka tercapai. Kejadian jenayah ini, kata Wan Azizah lagi membuatkan rakyat takut untuk menjalani kehidupan mereka.
“Sehubungan dengan itu kami mencabar kerajaan memastikan 90% dari aktiviti Special Branch ini difokuskan kepada aktiviti mencegah jenayah.
“Jika kerajaan tidak melakukan perkara ini, rakyat haruslah menamatkan pemerintahan Barisan Nasional dalam pilihan raya yang akan datang demi keselamatan rakyat”, kata Wan Azizah lagi.
Beliau bagaimanapun tidak menolak fungsi SB dalam soal keselamatan negara, tetapi mahu SB menfokuskan aktivitinya untuk membanteras jenayah dan bukannya mengintip rakyat.
I thought slitting of handbags only happens in the morning and night markets. Looks like it has been “upgraded” to shopping centres too…
Today, I’ve learned that bad things can happen anywhere anytime.
At 3.30pm today my mom was shopping at MNG, KLCC. Due to the on going 50% sales the shop was packed with customers, my mom being one of the excited customers didn’t notice that her brand new handbag that she just bought yesterday was slit off, and the purse stolen only untill when she wanted to pay for her things. Worst is, my mom wasn’t the only victim at the scene, a Korean lady lost RM4000 cash that was in her bag, and another lady lost her iPhone… one of the lady suspected the pickpockets were a bunch of ladies acting as customers.
Ladies carrying bags while shopping please be alert of your surroundings. I hope justice could be brought apon those idiot lowlife pickpockets – Amelia Ng
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Electoral reforms activist Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan said today she is willing to be jailed if Putrajaya will commit to cleaning up the election process before the country’s key polls next year.
The award-winning lawyer who has been at the forefront in pushing for meaningful electoral reforms for the past two years was responding to questions from the public in an online chat hosted by Yahoo! Malaysia this afternoon.
“Are you willing to be jailed for your cause?” Yahoo! Malaysia asked.
“Yes,” Ambiga replied.
The 55-year-old has also been the target of hate groups in the last two years, with some right-wing partisan NGOs asking that the government strip her of her citizenship and some BN ministers accusing her of trying to topple the ruling government from power in the latest street rally last month.
Ambiga, together with Bersih co-chair national laureate Datuk A. Samad Said, had led a sit-in protest for electoral reforms last April 28, which the movement claims were attended by 250,000 people.
Ambiga has called for Malaysians to refocus on Bersih?s eight demands amid much finger-pointing after the April 28 rally ended in violence with the authorities accusing her of attempting to spearhead a coup, a charge she has vehemently denied.
The electoral watchdog wants the government to rid the electoral roll of dead voters and other dubious names and enforce a minimum campaign period of 21 days ahead of the 13th general elections. Bersih has also lobbied for political parties to be given free and fair media play and public institutions to be strengthened to stop a seeming rise in corruption and bring an end to dirty politics.
She had led tens of thousands of demonstrators in two public rallies for electoral reform in the national capital ? the first on July 9 last year and more recently on April 28 ? which turned violent following clashes with the authorities. However, similar rallies held elsewhere around the country, and the world, took place peacefully.
However, she refuted criticism from the public that the April 28 rally was illegal, saying that the Federal Constitution guarantees citizens the right to assemble freely.
“Anda seorang peguam,.. tetapi tindak-tanduk anda bersama BERSIH boleh disifatkan sebagai tidak menghormati undang-undang. Demonstrasi jalanan hanya menyusahkan sebahagian rakyat Malaysia.. TQ, (You are a lawyer…but your actions together with Bersih can be characterised as not respecting the law. Street demonstrations only inconvenience some Malaysians.. Thank you,) ” said an Internet user who took part in the live chat who went by the name, Awang.
“Demonstrasi jalanan merupakan antara hak asasi rakyat Malaysia di bawah Perlembagaan Persekutuan Malaysia, (Street demonstrations are among the basic human rights of Malaysians under the Federal Constitution of Malaysia,” Ambiga replied.
Another participant, Elsie asked, “Ambiga, the law allows for a peaceful assembly, but not a rally. As a lawyer who should understand the law, who do you continually break the law [sic]?”
“I believe you have misread the Peaceful Assembly Act, but nevertheless, you should look at our Federal Constitution which enshrines the fundamental right to freedom of assembly. That is the supreme law that we uphold,” said Ambiga.
SARAWAK IS THE FUTURE FOR PAPA ORANG UTAN
One week after the recent debacle with the Police in Miri, I am happy to be home, here in Sarawak. I?ve been resting after going to ground and planning for the future. I?ve decided that my future is here. I was born here and I intend to remain here! There is so much work to be done especially with crucial elections just round the corner. This is our chance is to bring about real change in Sarawak politics. My struggle for Sarawak will continue where it?s needed most.
The events of the last week have revealed many things. The first is just a reminder of how much I love this country, how much I love Sarawak. As the Malay saying goes: ?Hujan emas di negeri orang, hujan batu di negeri sendiri.? I am a Sarawakian! I need to be here among my people to work effectively. I started Radio Free Sarawakand moved to London mainly because freedom of expression here in my own country is lacking ? something that I am trying to change.
But, I just couldn?t stay away. Now, I feel that I can best continue my struggle for the future of Sarawak here. No matter what London offers, it has nothing to compare to my own ties that bind me to Sarawak, my ibu pertiwiku, as it is called in the Sarawak State Anthem. So, maybe you?ll see me driving around town in my Classis Cadillac with my beautiful daughter at my side. I?ll even wave again at YB Abdul Karim Hamzah, Assistant Youth Development Minister, as he stares at me from his tiny classic car.
What else have I learnt from the last week? I have learnt that I am safer here than in any other country. In spite of all the stories from the government-controlled media trying to paint me black, I have learnt that, when I need help, the people of Sarawak are right there behind me. There are so many great heroes here in this state, carrying on their good work and supporting my own; I feel proud to work with them and will continue to do so wherever they need me.
As for the police, those that I met in KK were polite and courteous. I thank them. Last week?s drama was not my intention. Sadly, in the past, certain members of our police force here have smeared the name of their colleagues by acting too hastily and too strongly towards people in their custody. Unfortunately, we live in times where even answering to someone?s fist in custody is viewed as normal and part of day to day business.
Even now, reports of deaths in custody continue to come out in the independent media. I am ready to meet the Police, should they wish, but on an even basis, with my representatives present ? not when I am under their power to do with as they choose: to be placed under duress or to be mistreated or physically and verbally abused in any way. That is why I left, to allow myself the opportunity to meet them on my own terms. After all, I am a citizen of Sarawak. I have committed no crime. I have not robbed or killed or cheated anyone.
I want to return, to be free to live my life in the country that I love, and to continue my struggle for a better future for all of us here.
Finally, what of the events of last week? The time has come for the public to hear the story from the orangutan?s mouth. As someone has said, I owe the public an explanation and this is it. After my stay in Kuching in May, I went to Sabah for a week. I took a flight, first from Kuching to Miri (no problem at all) and then from Miri to KK (again, no problem). It was only on my return flight to Miri that the problem surfaced.
As I queued for immigration, I was told that there was an issue and called into the office. I waited. My flight time was drawing near, so I questioned immigration who informed me, very politely, that this was a police matter which had been reported in July 2011 and they were waiting for Special Branch to arrive. Special Branch did arrive! They photocopied my documents and they took pictures of me from every angle, again very politely.
Then, they informed me that I was being ?referred? to the Sarawak Police and escorted me to the aircraft. I understood this to mean that I would be met by police at Miri airport. As I wanted to make sure that I wasn?t taken away by the police without proper representation, I contacted my people to make certain that I was met at Miri by a few friendly faces.
On my arrival, I was surprised to find the airport full of people waiting for me! There were police, as I had expected, some were in uniform and some I took to be plain-clothes officers ? I know the look from my activist days. There were reporters, all taking photos right in my face, and of course, my own representatives.
I was confused and feeling unwell. The lawyer Alan Ling Sie Kiong ???, now the assemblyman for Piasau, and Dr Michael Teo Yu Keng , taking advantage of the fact that the police were still waiting for instructions, took me to the car and we drove off, heading to Dr Teo?s clinic. On the way into Miri, there was an accident ahead and a queue of traffic behind it. We were stuck. Dr Teo was busy on the phone, his driver busy with the road. It was raining heavily.
As I sat, a car pulled up beside us on the fast lane. Two men got out ? I recognized one of them from my flight ? and told me that the police were chasing our car. So, on the spur of the moment, I decided to follow them. There was no time to update Dr Teo who was otherwise engaged on the phone anyway and I?m sorry for that but I had to make my move. These three men were genuine Samaritans ? they sought only to help me and I thank them for that.
They then dropped me somewhere safe. So, why did I not let anyone know where I was for three days? Well, it?s not that easy to do so when I was supposed to be avoiding detection. My own phone was not working because of the heavy rain. I had to get out of Miri, which I did on the same day.
I travelled on foot under the SESCO overhead lines and by hitchhiking. So, just let it be said that I didn?t sit around reading about myself online and worrying about who to tell first where I was. Finally, another Good Samaritan gave me a new phone. It seemed foolish to register a phone in my own name.
As soon as that happened, I contacted my colleagues at RFS as this was the only telephone number I could remember. My thanks go out to them and all those who helped me ? the good Samaritans, Dr Michael Teo, the lawyers Alan Ling and See Chee How. If any fingers are still being pointed at my supporters and friends who came to my aid in my time of need ? I want this to stop now. This is the only reason why I am making this statement at this time. In reality, I?d be quite happy for this whole event to pass into history.
As for claims in the press that I ?staged? the whole thing, I suggest those journalists verify my version of events with Special Branch in KK. As for claims that I did it for publicity, I can only say that it was not me that contacted the press ? it was my representatives who felt that greater coverage would minimize the chances of improper conduct by the police. As for those claims that I shouldn?t have run and that I should have waited for the police to simply arrest me, I would ask what you all would do, knowing that you are in danger? Would you sit in the car and wait for instructions or would you take action and save yourself? I chose action.
With regards the near future, I will continue to take action, fighting on the ground for the people of Sarawak. I fly no flag but theirs, as I have always done. I know that Radio Free Sarawak will carry on, business as usual, spreading the message to where it is needed and, of course, I will give them every assistance in that. I urge listeners to continue to tune in and listen to the real message. You might even hear me reporting from the interior. But from now on, I?m staying right here.
HERE I AM
Following the full release of unredacted WikiLeaks cables on Sept 2, 2011, we have made available an updated crowdsourcing tool for journalists and general public also at:
The app allows you to easily browse, search and read all the released WikiLeaks cables in a sleek and simple interface.
All 251,287 cables will be uploaded to the site soon.
I believe this will certainly interest quite a number of people as we have over 900 Malaysian cables.
A husband just watched as his wife was assaulted by his mistress, who is from China.
The incident happened at about 6.30pm on Friday when the woman, who is in her 40s, arrived home in Stutong to find her husband’s mistress there.
She said the mistress started to insult her and when she paid no heed, she was punched by the woman as her husband, a fishmonger, just stood by and watched.
The woman then left the house with her 14-year-old son and went to Simpang Tiga police station to lodge a report.
Apparently, the woman knew about her husband’s affair which had been going on for seven years. She decided to bear with it for the sake of her son.
An account of a visit to a Massage+Foot Reflexology Center: Vice in Miri – All welcome (Reader’s discretion required as article contain details of what transpired in the cubicle.)
“My husband didn’t give me any money and I have to work for my expenses. The situation was different for the China lady as she gets everything from my husband. They live in a house near Matang and I even pretended I knew nothing about it because of my son,” she said. – Star
PAS today took to task deputy Inspector General of Police Khalid Abu Bakar for attempting to liken the riots in British cities to the massive Bersih rally in Malaysia on July 9.
The party’s deputy information chief Nizar Jamaluddin questioned whether Khalid had problem understanding the difference between a ‘riot’ and a ‘rally’, which was something planned and accompanied by the organiser’s request for cooperation from the police.
“That statement (by Khalid) is utterly wrong because we did not riot, but participated in a peaceful rally that took the NGOs months of planning, ” the Bukit Gantang member of parliament and former Perak Menteri Besar told Harakahdaily.
Khalid had earlier remarked on his Facebook that the riots in London and surrounding cities were proof that street protests could lead to “nightmares”.
Nizar however stressed that the riots there, the worst social unrest in Britain in recent times, were also attributed to widespread unemployment and rising prices of goods.
On the other hand, Bersih, he said, was solely to seek electoral reform.
“In London, the riots erupted suddenly …there was no planning and there was no one to take responsibility.
“In Malaysia, we have responsible NGOs, we have a leader and the rally was discussed with authorities over a long period before it finally took place,” added Nizar.
‘Our police more cruel than Britain’s’
Nizar said what the riots in Britain proved was the Malaysian police’s over-reaction to a peaceful rally, adding that it behaved more agressively on peaceful protesters even when compared with the British police’s handling of violent youths.
“In spite of the chaos there, the police did not resort to drastic measures such firing of tear gas and water cannons. They only used their batons and some of them were not armed to face a riot, which means they still hold to ethics of professional policing.”
“In Malaysia, the police was cruel as they used hard measures to clampdown on a rally that had been planned way ahead and of which the police had been informed earlier,” said Nizar.
Khalid’s remarks echoed that of Home minister Hishamuddin Hussein, who suggested that the Bersih rally could also turn violent like the London riots.
“We should be thankful what happened in UK did not happen in our country. We cannot take these sorts of things lightly…what more in a multiracial and multireligious society like ours,” said the Umno vice president, who stopped short of saying whether the gratitude should be expressed to Bersih 2.0 for ensuring a peaceful rally or to the police for arresting more than 1,600 participants.
Pakatan Rakyat secara tegas menafikan dakwaan Suruhanjaya Pilihan Raya (SPR) bahawa perikatan itu mengulangi “agenda politik kotor” untuk memenangi pilihan raya umum ke-13 melalui penyebaran fitnah dan pembohongan.
Sebaliknya, menurut pemimpin-pemimpin Pakatan Rakyat, apa yang didedahkan mereka selama ini adalah berdasarkan fakta dan bukti yang dinafikan badan pengurusan pilihan raya itu.
Malah mereka juga mengecam kenyataan yang dikeluarkan Timbalan Pengerusi SPR Datuk Wira Wan Ahmad Wan Omar dan menggesa beliau meletakkan jawatan jika “benar-benar mahu terlibat dalam politik.”
“Kenyataan beliau (Wan Ahmad) adalah kenyataan partisan bukan neutral, beliau mahu berpolitik dan kalau benar beliau mahu berpolitik letak jawatan sebagai Timbalan Pengerusi SPR.
“Apa yang dikatakan pembohongan yang dilakukan Pakatan Rakyat? Apa pembohongan? Apa yang kita dedahkan dan bangkitkan adalah berdasarkan fakta dan bukti sebagai contoh itu daftar pemilih yang menyaksikan banyak penyelewengan itu yang kita sudah dedahkan, yang belum didedahkan lagi banyak,” kata Naib Presiden PAS Datuk Paduka Husam Musa kepada The Malaysian Insider.
Tegas beliau, apa yang didedahkan Pakatan Rakyat berhubung kepincangan sistem pilihan raya negara adalah benar sambil menyifatkan SPR tidak memandang serius setiap perkara yang dibangkitkan.
“Dalam soal daftar pemilih mengapa selepas didedahkan baru SPR kemas kinikan data? Begitu juga soal warga asing yang diberikan taraf kewarganegaraan dan kemudian dijadikan pengundi… apa yang dibangkitkan Pakatan Rakyat adalah benar tapi SPR tak ambil peduli.
“Siapa punya kerja kalau bukan sindiket, mengapa SPR tidak nampak apa yang berlaku di depan mata? Begitu juga dengan undi pos yang mana sudah ada pendedahan, SPR baru mahu melaksanakannya,” katanya sambil menambah, “semua yang kita dedahkan berdasarkan fakta tapi SPR tidak boleh terima sebab mereka tali barut Umno.”
Husam berkata demikian apabila diminta mengulas mengenai kenyataan Wan Ahmad yang mendakwa pembangkang mengulangi “agenda politik kotor” untuk memenangi pilihan raya umum ke-13 melalui penyebaran fitnah dan pembohongan.
Wan Ahmad berkata sebelum pilihan raya umum ke-12, ada pihak yang menuduh SPR bersikap tidak adil dengan menyebar fitnah dan tohmahan memburukkan imej dan kewibawaan badan itu.
Malah kata beliau, selepas mereka menang 82 kerusi Dewan Rakyat mengalahkan BN di lima Dewan Undangan Negeri, mereka terkejut dengan kemenangan melalui proses pilihan raya yang mereka tuduh kotor dan tidak adil selama ini.
Tambah Husam, walaupun Pakatan Rakyat memenangi banyak kerusi pada pilihan raya umum 2008, namun ia tidak bermakna pilihan raya umum ke-13 “bersih” daripada penyelewengan.
“Menang pilihan raya umum lepas tidak bermakna pilihan raya umum ke-13 akan bersih sebab kalau kita lihat SPR memanipulasikan negeri-negeri yang mereka sasarkan, pada 2004 mereka sasarkan Terengganu dan pada kali ini mungkin negeri-negeri yang dimenangi Pakatan Rakyat terutamanya Selangor,” katanya.
Sementara itu Timbalan Presiden PKR Azmin Ali berkata, kenyataan Wan Ahmad itu akan menjadi “satu malapetaka” kepada SPR.
“…dan kenyataan ini akan terus menghakis keyakinan rakyat terhadap sebuah badan pengurusan pilihan raya yang sepatutnya bertanggungjawab mengadakan pilihan raya adil dan bersih.
“Kenyataan ini membuktikan Wan Ahmad gagal mempertahankan prinsip profesionalisme sebagai seorang pemimpin tertinggi SPR,” katanya.
Beliau yang juga Ahli Parlimen Gombak menambah dakwaan mengatakan Pakatan Rakyat menggunakan kaedah kotor untuk menang adalah tidak benar dan tidak berasas.
Tegas Azmin, pendedahan yang dibuat Pakatan Rakyat berdasarkan fakta, namun ia dinafikan oleh SPR.
“Saya tidak terkejut dengan kenyataan yang dikeluarkan Wan Ahmad kerana persepsi umum sekian lama memperlihatkan pandangan SPR memainkan peranan Umno dan gambaran ini sukar untuk dihakis,” katanya.
Naib Presiden PKR dan Ahli Parlimen Lembah Pantai Nurul Izzah Anwar menyifatkan Wan Ahmad tidak memahami ‘penjalanan sebenar’ SPR.
“Ternyata beliau tidak menghayati apa yang termaktub dalam Seksyen 5(1) Akta Pilihan Raya yang mana SPR perlu bersikap adil dan berkecuali.
“Beliau begitu memihak kepada parti-parti komponen kerajaan dengan menutup mata kepada tahap kredibiliti pilihan raya umum di Malaysia yang begitu lemah,” katanya.
Justeru kata beliau, Wan Ahmad perlu meletakkan jawatan ekoran sikap kepartian yang ditunjukkan.
“Dalam laporan integriti sedunia, Malaysia hanya mendapat tempat ke-50 di mana integriti pilihan raya kita yang hambar diberikan perhatian khusus.
“Jikalau inilah sikap yang dipamerkan, saya minta timbalan pengerusi SPR meletakkan jawatan,” katanya.
Why do we always have to compare with europeans? Are we not supppose to be a one of our own and set examples. Ofcourse, Bersih 2.0 is not like London Riots. That is not because of UMNO-PDRM-BN. It is because Malaysians want to express their feelings peacefully and democratically. But UMNO-PDRM-BN prefer to create a situation of chaos. If that happens, Malaysia will definitely stand out not only as being different, but as one government which creates chaos, a situation of fear and oppression against Malaysians who want to peacefully express and exercise their democratic rights.
Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein said today that Malaysians should be thankful that the Bersih rally did not end up becoming violent like the current London riots.
The Home Minister praised the police for its handling of the July 9 rally, and told Malaysians to be appreciative of the police’s efforts in maintaining peace in the country.
“We should be thankful what happened in UK did not happen in our country. We cannot take these sorts of things lightly…what more in a multiracial and multireligious society like ours,” he told reporters today.
Hishammuddin said that police action during the Bersih rally “avoided” it from turning violent.
“The police have been under tremendous pressure…but they do their best to ensure stability and peace,” said the Umno vice-president.
He however added that it was up to the public to decide whether the police had handled the Bersih rally well. He also said the government will be closely monitoring the latest developments in UK.
Hishamuddin’s remarks come after Deputy Inspector-General of Police Datuk Khalid Abu Bakar said on his Facebook page yesterday that the ongoing riots in London and other major cities in Britain are evidence of the “nightmares” that can be prevented by avoiding street protests.
Pakatan Rakyat (PR) lawmakers have attacked Khalid for his views, saying that DIGP Khalid was comparing “apples not just to oranges, but to spaceships.”
The violence in Britain has appalled many Britons, who have been transfixed by images of rioters attacking individuals and raiding family-owned stores as well as targeting big business.
Community leaders said the violence in London, the worst for decades in the multi-ethnic capital of 7.8 million people, was rooted in growing disparities in wealth and opportunity.
Many Londoners have been stunned by the looting in which gangs ransacked shops, carting off clothes, shoes and electronic goods, torched cars and defied the police.
But after the first three nights, London alone saw just 450 arrests, and arrests nationwide have just breached 1,000 after five days despite police launching a murder inquiry after three Muslim men were run over by a car in Birmingham.
In Malaysia, opposition leaders and human rights activists have accused police of using excessive force to clamp down on the Bersih march for free and fair elections, claiming that police fired tear gas directly at demonstrators, acts they termed “attempted murder.”
The electoral reform movement had initially accepted the Najib administration’s offer to move its street rally to a stadium but it was denied its choice of Stadium Merdeka.
The coalition of 62 NGOs took to the streets to march to the historic venue anyway, defying warnings of police action, which finally resulted in nearly 1,700 arrests, scores injured and one ex-soldier dead.
The London riots are said to have sparked off after last week’s fatal shooting of Mark Duggan, said by some to have had his “head blown off” by a police sharpshooter despite not opening fire at officers.
Since then, violent clashes between groups of young people and the police have dominated the British domestic news. The clashes were soon followed by the looting of shops as well as the torching of vehicles and buildings, and lately a few attacks on civilians have also been reported.
Suruhanjaya Pilihan Raya (SPR) menolak dakwaan kononnya terdapat tiga ‘pengundi hantu’ dalam daftar pemilihnya seperti yang didedahkan baru-baru ini.
Sebaliknya, SPR berkata pangkalan data Jabatan Pendaftaran Negara (JPN) – di mana suruhanjaya itu bergantung ketika mendaftar pengundi, – telah memasukkan butiran ketiga-tiga pengundi berkenaan.
Walau bagaimanapun, suruhanjaya itu gagal menjelaskan mengapa laman web JPN tidak menunjukkan keputusan carian bagi ketiga-tiga mereka apabila semakan dibuat.
“Kami baru semak melalui sistem ALIS (Agency, link-Up System) JPN. Kami mempunyai semua butiran bersama-sama dengan gambar (tiga pengundi),” kata pengerusi SPR Tan Sri Abdul Aziz Yusof (kiri) dalam satu SMS.
Ditanya mengenai perbezaan maklumat dengan laman web JPN, Abdul Aziz menasihati wartawan Malaysiakini untuk mendapatkan jawapan tersebut daripada JPN.
ALIS adalah pangkalan data yang digunakan oleh SPR bagi mendaftarkan pengundi dan mengesahkan identiti mereka yang berpotensi menjadi pengundi.
JPN juga mengendalikan sebuah laman web yang membolehkan orang ramai menyemak status dokumen pengenalan dengan memasukkan nombor pengenalan mereka.
Sebelum ini, berdasarkan maklumat pembaca, Malaysiakini membuat semakan ke atas tiga nama yang dikatakan sebagai pengundi yang layak dalam daftar pemilih di sistem pengesahan di laman SPR, tetapi tidak dapat mengesan butiran mereka di laman web JPN.
Mereka adalah Farhana binti Abdul Rashid (MyKad: 840505715012), Basri Buru bin Alimin (Mykad: 250622715425) and Soessje Scwanne Jetty Silvana Groeneveld (Mykad: 380424715016).
Dalam perkembangan berkaitan, Abdul Aziz mengakui bahawa pendaftaran pengundi yang bernama ‘Kg Baru’ adalah satu kesilapan, dan bahawa SPR telah memperbetulkan kesilapan itu berikutan laporan Malaysiakini semalam.
“Rekod itu telah dipinda – nama (individu) berkenaan ialah Noraini binti Abdullah,” katanya.
Semakan melalui sistem pengesahan dalam talian SPR juga mengesahkan perkara itu.