Category: Police

DAP senator, assembly member hauled up

Two DAP politicians have been hauled up, one for allegedly speaking about the Bersih event and the other for allegedly sporting a Bersih T-shirt.

Senator S Ramakrishnan was hauled up for speaking on the Bersih rally during a Kuala Langat DAP dinner earlier tonight. His statement was recorded at the Banting Police Station in Kuala Langat.

An accountant by training, Ramakrishnan lectures at the Metropolitan College, Subang Jaya, Selangor. (more…)

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Still waiting for post-mortem

1913: The hospital’s lawyer has been in touch with Latheefa Koya, the lawyer for the family of shooting victim Johari bin Abu Bakar, 17. Latheefa says she was told the hospital wants to comply fully with the court order, which includes a provision for a qualified independent observer. (more…)

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21 arrested at KL May Day gathering

Twenty one people were arrested during a peaceful Workers’ Day gathering in KL. Not the best way for the government to observe this day in honour of ordinary workers.

Among those arrested are Sungai Siput MP Dr Jeyakumar Devaraj and several other top PSM leaders, including its secretary general S Arutchelvan. (more…)

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Cops break up Anwar ceramah

Police moved in to stop Anwar from addressing a ceramah outside Azmin Ali’s service centre in Gombak last night.

This ceramah, which aimed to highlight the latest developments in his case among othere recent events, began at 9.00pm.

A crowd of a few thousand turned up to listen to the various speakers. When it was Anwar’s turn at around 11.30pm, the cops moved in after a few minutes to prevent him from speaking. (more…)

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Good morning, Tahrir Square!

The spirit of the protesters at Tahrir Square is just amazing. The latest is that striking doctors and 3,000 staff from a key Cairo hospital along with 3,000 lawyers have joined the protests.

A newly appointed Cabinet Minister for Culture has also resigned. According to Aljazeera, “the NDP Secretary General Hossam Badrawi says he expects Mubarak to respond to the demands of the people before Friday. An official statement from the military is imminent”. Is this the end of the road for Mubarak and his regime?

Nice to see tanks being put to good use as shelter for the weary - Photo credit: SherineT


“The great tragedy is Obama chose not to hold out his hand”: Robert Fisk on the gap between US rhetoric and action in the Egyptian uprising

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Egypt: A memo to dictators everywhere

After what’s been happening in Egypt, I thought I would draft a memo to dictators and authoritarian leaders around the world to give them some free and unsolicited advice.

Inspiring photo of the day: Egyptian Christians protecting fellow Muslim protesters who were praying at Tahrir Square earlier today - Photo credit: ShawkattRaghib via twitter

Dear Mr Dictator/Authoritarian Leader

Recent events in Egypt, Tunisia, Yemen and elsewhere must be giving you sleepless nights or making you feel terribly uneasy.

May I offer a few tips so that you don’t see similar eruptions in your own countries:

Do not suppress dissent

Allow your people sufficient avenues and outlets to express their frustrations, anger, complaints and criticism. You don’t want their anger and frustration to be pent up. Think of these avenues as built-in safety valves. In this respect, free media and a functioning Parliament have a big role to play. Don’t forget to free up the state-run media as well. Get rid of all repressive laws, especially detention without trial, and bring back democracy quickly before it’s too late. Liberate your people! (more…)

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