After the potluck at the MBPJ premises was disrupted, participants moved it to the Lotus Restaurant opposite – Photo by Man with d Video Cam
Rakyat@work reports from the PJ Abolish ISA vigil last night:
“Too many troops spoil the soup.”
Indeed last night’s PJ Abolish ISA vigil, pot-luck style, caused so much confusion amongst many of the rakyat who came prepared with home-cooked food to share with everyone.
Instead, at about 8.20pm, an operation to ‘lock down’ the PJ Civil Centre turned it into a ‘centre of shame’.
“I had some food specially prepared for this occasion and to see how this entire operation took place is simply outrageous,” commented one of the rakyat.
First, the authorities were jittery about lighted candles; now food? What’s next? More than a hundred police and FRU personnel were deployed to monitor some 150 ordinary citizens armed with plastic forks and spoons. Roads were blocked and traffic diverted. I stood there amazed at the sheer extent of the police operations. It was massive.
Some commotion could be heard amongst some police and the City Hall staff. Confused folks were walking out, others just walking in, and still others just stood at the entrance with trays of food in their hand.
“What’s going on here? Pot luck or Pol Pot?” someone asked.
This time round, the police officer in charge gave stern instructions. Not sure how many minutes was given but no questions asked, no clarification needed, simply not interested in hearing anything from anyone… Just disperse dengan segera!
So, as always – the rakyat obeys the law as demanded of them. While people were walking away, police were recording names and ICs from unsuspecting individuals. Police with camcorders and cameras filmed and snapped away.
Blogger kkitsam adds:
Not content with surrounding the place, the police even said it loud, “Sekiranya tuan-tuan dan puan-puan tidak bersurai, kami akan menggunakan KEKERASAN untuk menyuraikan anda,” declaring out loud that they would use force on peaceful people.
While we were packing up all the food we had paraded on the floor earlier, they even said we had another 30 seconds left before they would charge at us.
After we all moved to the Lotus stall, they were still not satisfied; they sent some traffic police who began to write out ‘saman’ tickets to cars parked on the roadside beside the stall. Plainclothes police even followed us inside the stall.
So who said the police is short of personnel?
No untoward incidents were reported last night, thank God. One question still remains: Is PJ City Hall under the police? If PJ City Hall gave the rakyat its blessing to use its permises, why is a permit needed? I suppose we need Einstein or Newton to figure this out for the rakyat. Its a shame the rakyat and the police have to go through all this nonsense; it’s simply a sheer waste of time and resources and erodes the trust the rakyat, who through their taxes help fund law-enforcers’ salaries, have in the police.