Hornbill Unleashed

October 2, 2016

When Red menace shadows Bersih’s convoy

Filed under: Politics — Hornbill Unleashed @ 9:01 PM

Are we not on the brink of lawlessness if brazen acts of violence are overlooked while expressed opinions are prosecuted? It is early days yet to say the Red Shirts would be left off scot free after the audacious assaults on Bersih campaigners on the first day of the Bersih 5 rally roadshow.

The Red Shirt menace reared its head yesterday as Bersih 2.0 kicked off its nationwide convoy to raise awareness about the Bersih 5.0 rally’s demands for institutional reforms and to highlight the 1MDB issue.

As the Coalition for Clean and Fair Elections embarked on its roadshow, the Red Shirts shadowed them to thwart its efforts to reach out to the people. As promised, they threatened the campaigners and frightened off Bersih supporters.

With Red Shirt leader Datuk Jamal Md Yunos in the forefront, they intimidated Bersih campaigners and their supporters with a show of force and acts of violence.

Bersih supporters at the Lumut jetty were forced to disperse. There were tense moments when youths in Red Shirts attacked cars ferrying Bersih campaigners. They rained kicks and punches on the cars after ripping off Bersih flags on their vehicles.

Jamal, who is Umno Sungai Besar division chief, promised that the Red Shirts won’t let up in their efforts to thwart the Bersih roadshow.

“Every time Bersih wants to do this, we will do our best in chasing them away to prevent them from inciting the people,” he told a press conference.

“I cannot control the anger of the Red Shirts supporters. What happens, happens,” he was quoted by a news portal as saying. “If they dare to come down (to the ground), gather, then they have to be ready to bear the risk.”

Jamal warned that they would not hesitate to put up a more aggressive front to defend the constitutional democracy. He didn’t mince his words, and they are unmistakeably threats of graver consequences if Bersih campaigners continue with their roadshow. Isn’t that criminal intimidation?

Bersih has asked Umno to dissociate itself from the actions of the Red Shirts. Otherwise, the most dominant political party in the country would be seen as condoning the violence perpetuated by the group, if not party to it.

At a press conference in Lumut, Bersih representatives said policemen at duty acted more as cameramen than law enforcers when they failed to prevent the altercation.

Activist Hishammudin Rais, who was part of the Lumut convoy, said members of the Red Shirts tore off their Bersih flag and tried to smash the windows of his car. He urged the police to act against the perpetrators.  Bersih uploaded videos of the attacks on the convoy on its Facebook page.

No law enforcement body in the world would tolerate being accused of partial and selective in executing the law. Our police have shown they brook no such criticisms. No one likes to be told how to do their job, but the ball is not in their court.

Meanwhile, about 2,500 Umno youths, also in red shirts, gathered at the Gurney Drive roundabout in Penang to call for the resignation of Lim Guan Eng as Penang Chief Minister.

Umno Youth vice-chief Khairul Azwan Harun said the gathering was organised by Penang Umno and several non-governmental organisations. He also urged the police not to allow the Bersih rally planned for Penang because it would disrupt public peace.

Who are the perpetrators of violence and who are disrupting public peace? The right to oppose doesn’t give anyone the right to prevent others from exercising theirs.

Are we not on the brink of lawlessness if brazen acts of violence are overlooked while expressed opinions are prosecuted? It is early days yet to say the Red Shirts would be left off scot free after the audacious assaults on Bersih campaigners on the first day of the Bersih 5 rally roadshow.

The Red Shirt menace reared its head yesterday as Bersih 2.0 kicked off its nationwide convoy to raise awareness about the Bersih 5.0 rally’s demands for institutional reforms and to highlight the 1MDB issue.

As the Coalition for Clean and Fair Elections embarked on its roadshow, the Red Shirts shadowed them to thwart its efforts to reach out to the people. As promised, they threatened the campaigners and frightened off Bersih supporters.

With Red Shirt leader Datuk Jamal Md Yunos in the forefront, they intimidated Bersih campaigners and their supporters with a show of force and acts of violence.

Bersih supporters at the Lumut jetty were forced to disperse. There were tense moments when youths in Red Shirts attacked cars ferrying Bersih campaigners. They rained kicks and punches on the cars after ripping off Bersih flags on their vehicles.

Jamal, who is Umno Sungai Besar division chief, promised that the Red Shirts won’t let up in their efforts to thwart the Bersih roadshow.

“Every time Bersih wants to do this, we will do our best in chasing them away to prevent them from inciting the people,” he told a press conference.

“I cannot control the anger of the Red Shirts supporters. What happens, happens,” he was quoted by a news portal as saying. “If they dare to come down (to the ground), gather, then they have to be ready to bear the risk.”

Jamal warned that they would not hesitate to put up a more aggressive front to defend the constitutional democracy. He didn’t mince his words, and they are unmistakeably threats of graver consequences if Bersih campaigners continue with their roadshow. Isn’t that criminal intimidation?

Bersih has asked Umno to dissociate itself from the actions of the Red Shirts. Otherwise, the most dominant political party in the country would be seen as condoning the violence perpetuated by the group, if not party to it.

At a press conference in Lumut, Bersih representatives said policemen at duty acted more as cameramen than law enforcers when they failed to prevent the altercation.

Activist Hishammudin Rais, who was part of the Lumut convoy, said members of the Red Shirts tore off their Bersih flag and tried to smash the windows of his car. He urged the police to act against the perpetrators.  Bersih uploaded videos of the attacks on the convoy on its Facebook page.

No law enforcement body in the world would tolerate being accused of partial and selective in executing the law. Our police have shown they brook no such criticisms. No one likes to be told how to do their job, but the ball is not in their court.

Meanwhile, about 2,500 Umno youths, also in red shirts, gathered at the Gurney Drive roundabout in Penang to call for the resignation of Lim Guan Eng as Penang Chief Minister.

Umno Youth vice-chief Khairul Azwan Harun said the gathering was organised by Penang Umno and several non-governmental organisations. He also urged the police not to allow the Bersih rally planned for Penang because it would disrupt public peace.

Who are the perpetrators of violence and who are disrupting public peace? The right to oppose doesn’t give anyone the right to prevent others from exercising theirs.


Eddie Hoo@The Heat Malaysia Online


3 Comments »

  1. Bodoh Anjin Merah … jangan terlampau

    Comment by Tigeryk — October 3, 2016 @ 7:55 PM | Reply

  2. MIRI: The ‘Bersih 5.0 Sarawak Convoy’ appears to be on schedule to arrive in Kuching this Nov 19.

    The 30-vehicle group kicked off their statewide tour here on Saturday and arrived at its next stop, Bintulu later that day.

    According to PKR Youth Miri chief Steve Teo, they will proceed to Sibu after that.

    Teo is among members of the convoy, which also include Miri MP Dr Michael Teo who is also PKR Miri chairman, Pujut assemblyman Dr Ting Tiong Choon, national PKR deputy women chief Voon Shiak Ni and Rise of Sarawak Efforts (Rose) spokesperson Ann Teo who is also Bersih 5.0 coordinator for Sarawak.

    Comment by Farizuan — October 3, 2016 @ 5:08 PM | Reply

  3. Bersih 5.0 vs Bodoh x 5.0 (Teknologi Dual Camera – 18+ keatas)

    Comment by Farizuan — October 3, 2016 @ 9:25 AM | Reply


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