Scuffle during demolition of illegal structures raises concern

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The Penang government is reportedly concerned about public order and safety after a senior civil servant was assaulted in the presence of police during the demolition of illegal structures in Teluk Bahang a couple of days ago (See Malaysian Insider).

This is an unverified video, uploaded on the same day, which I presume shows clips of the incident.


I hope levelheadedness and good sense prevails all around.

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  1. Are you suggesting that the poor need not have business licence to operate the stalls? If so, then they should be exempted from paying GST?

  2. Strange, when the Dep Education Minister was attacked at a DZ function, there was hardly a hue and cry over “public safety”. Just because the protesters were anti-DAP/State govt, much focus is being given to these bunch of thugs.

    Why don’t you cover the rowdy behaviour of the Lynas lynch mob who gate-crashed the Australian embassy function and made dangerous threats?

    • I think we should be wary of a concerted attempt to whip up ethnoreligious sentiments in recent weeks.

      As for the Lynas issue, perhaps the bigger threat is to public health and the ecosystem in the Kuantan area as a result of the waste emitted from the plant, when it is operating at full capacity. What is happening to the permanent disposal facility?

      • I concur on the attempts to elevate racial/religious tensions and these folks are guilty as charged for they are menance to the society. But then we need to be balanced in our views too when it comes to violence and usage of race/religion.

        The incident at Kg Hakka was also turned into an ethnic one by DAP and the enforcement officials were attacked too. I don’t see any difference between these two incidents, just the thugs were supported by different political parties.

        The elevation of racial tension is not just limited to these stupid demos by NGOs but also incendiary statements by political leaders like our very own LGE. Just look at his statements or speeches during any important days such as religious festivals / new year, etc. You will find it containing full of accusations of racism – a clear attempt to whip up racial emotions.

        It is not just Perkasa, Isma, UMNO are guity of using race and religion, DAP leaders such as LGE, LKS and others are guilty as hell. Having said that some leaders have remained true Malaysians – Karpal for example. He’s such a shinning example of selfless, humble and principled-leader – a true Malaysian. What a contrast to the daddy-son Lim combo.

        As for Lynas, we can have our own views on the plant. Being an engineer by training, I know Lynas is much safer than many of the manufacturing companies in Malaysia. Most of the arguments are completely ridiculous from scientific point of view. However putting these issues aside, the crux of the matter here is staying within the bounds of democratic rights and making our views known and breaking the law. The anti-Lynas group has every avenue available for it to make its views heard and even resorted to the court actions. So why have to opt for thuggish actions and make threats ? Why gate crash into embassy functions and create such a scene ?

        I don’t think many of us agree with LGE’s policies on some key issues but that doesn’t mean we should gate crash into KOMTAR or DAP’s EGM to make that known.

  3. Look at these two reports:

    MCA condemns Umno Youth for attack on enforcement officers
    http://www.themalaymailonline.com/malaysia/article/mca-condemns-umno-youth-for-attack-on-enforcement-officers

    AGAIN Perkasa, Pekida, Umno-linked groups spotted: Ops on traders turn
    VIOLENT
    http://www.malaysia-chronicle.com/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&id=217171:again-perkasa-pekida-umno-linked-groups-spotted-ops-on-traders-turn-violent&Itemid=2

    The finger was being pointed at UMNO Youth, and “Umno-linked” groups. Certainly Reezal Merican, UMNO MP for Kepala Batas was highly vocal at (a recent) protest.

    The protest was a blatantly political affair, with all sorts of inflammatory statements and accusations hurled with the flimsiest of grounds or none at all.

    Quite conveniently, the fact that Najib’s administration’s gross mismanagement and wastage of public funds, on top of the ever more rampant corruption in the nation, have resulted in much pain to the rakyat, 60% of who are Malays, has been “forgotten”. The mob was intent on practically elevating Najib to something akin to sainthood.

    And never mind that the Malays form the largest group of hard-core poor, and as such, feel the pain from the price hikes and resultant inflation most acutely. The mob had no qualms about waving the racist May 13 stick and tarring DAP (though ADUN Lee is from PKR).

    Hope for “levelheadedness and good sense” to prevail? With Home Minister Zahid’s “Tiga Line are our friends; carry on” stance in mind, I personally find it hard to vest much hope in many UMNO leaders.

    Political expediency will more likely be the top deciding factor over all else for them.

  4. Who is provoking who we don`t know but one thing we know for sure is that LGE DAP has been tearing up structure depriving the poor to earn a living

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