Repeal Sedition Act Movement gathering disrupted by mob

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A gathering organised by the Gerakan Mansuhkan Akta Hasutan was disrupted in Speakers’ Square in Penang by a pro-Sedition Act mob.

jing cheng being escorted out

About two dozen hefties shouted at a few of the activists including Suaram coordinator Ong Jing Cheng and chased the group from the field amidst some pushing and shoving.

Jing Cheng was escorted out by police and activist colleagues from Aliran to safety as abuse was hurled in his direction.

I asked one of the police personnel present the identity of the group disrupting the gathering, but he said he didn’t know.

The intolerance on display appears disturbing. It is disappointing that people are threatened for exercising their right to freedom of speech at the Speakers’ Square.

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jasminetea2
14 Oct 2014 8.37pm

It is usually cowards and bullies who attack those they think can’t hit back at them. Backed by a cohort of their kind, who they think can protect them, they are not afraid to victimize the vulnerable. Yet, if they were in the minority and there was a crowd of thousands surrounding them, threatening them with their mere numbers and presence, they will run for their lives with their tails between their legs, like the cowardly creatures they are. Such is the nature of bullies and bigots, who only own a delusion of power. The really powerful are those who… Read more »

lazlo
lazlo
15 Oct 2014 9.58am
Reply to  jasminetea2

These thugs should spend their time instead to take care of their sisters who could be easily influenced by IS ideology to go Syria as comfort women to perform sexual jihad.

glissantia
glissantia
14 Oct 2014 3.55pm
glissantia
glissantia
14 Oct 2014 1.29pm

Typical of Bolehland which is multi-racial, democratic, tolerant, moderate, caring, open, progressive, blah blah …

bigjoe99
14 Oct 2014 1.00pm

Really, after what Najib said at MCA GA, there is no denying THIS is the true face of UMNO..Najib is in their corner even if he does not know it and certaintly won’t admit it.

frankie
frankie
14 Oct 2014 12.30pm

SJ’s semen was found on CGY, was raped and her body dumped at a housing estate in Sungai Petani, after being abducted while she was jogging eight years ago.
Only now Shahril is charged for rape/murder.

http://www.thestar.com.my/News/Nation/2014/10/14/Acquittal-of-Datuks-son-overturned/

Strange that DSAI can be swiftly charged for sodomy when it cannot be proven conclusively that his semen/DNA is in Saiful’s anus.

Ed G
Ed G
14 Oct 2014 11.32am

Harassment, threats and even physical violence are commonly used by those who do not have the confidence in their abilities for discourse, intellectual arguments or debates. Or perhaps these mobs (or the people behind them?) knew that the manner in which the Sedition Act is being used is simply indefensible by any sensible argument.

OM Saigal
13 Oct 2014 1.06pm

This is 1957 Chairman Mao’s Speakers Corner when he allowed them to speak and then arrested them during the Hundred Flowers Movement’………..

lazlo
lazlo
13 Oct 2014 10.30am

Without PPS, samseng will create mob to disrupt any peaceful gathering.

If this can happen at Speaker’s Corner, it could also take place at your door step!

Will police take action against the perpetrators?

Lapala
Lapala
13 Oct 2014 8.49am

get rid of pps so that this samseng mobster can create ruckus at esplanade ? pikir pikir masak masak !

charleskiwi
13 Oct 2014 8.39am

Of course, the police answer to the question as to who the disrupters are was so obvious , after all they always choose the easy way out of any situation. Just like the recent bombing incident at BB they were very efficient, so they seem to be, they blame the incident to the triads. Who is there to dispute their answer or better still who is going to dispute their answer or their chosen scapegoat. What an easy way out of a sticky situation and also a quick answer to their ignorance of what is going on around the country… Read more »

Yang
Yang
13 Oct 2014 8.17am

Sometimes in order for a government system to succeed, a combination of authoritarian and democratic system is the answer. Too much democracy wherein one person could hold hostage the entire country or society is not good What happened here, Hong Kong and many parts of the world is because laws such as the ISA have been repealed which make it ineffective for the police to take decisive action. With the repealed of the Sedition Act, it will only make matter worse. What happen here and Hong Kong are two good examples where the police is unable to do anything due… Read more »

herman
herman
13 Oct 2014 1.29pm
Reply to  Yang

I suggest you listen to the English version of 海闊天空 “A BRIGHTER FUTURE” in support to Hong Kong’s democracy campaign:

Cantonese version :

Michael
13 Oct 2014 7.37pm
Reply to  Yang

I think Yang is not not thinking clearly, if at all, or I missed his skillful use of sarcasm.

Allow me to waste some time on Yang in the hope that something may sneak in … nah.

frankie
frankie
14 Oct 2014 2.16pm
Reply to  Michael

he seems to enjoy the number of ‘thumbs down’.

tunglang
13 Oct 2014 8.15am

Q: Is there a guaranteed provision of Public Safety measures or Akta Keselamatan @ Speakers’ Square? Q: Is there a guaranteed law against coward violent acts against women (regardless of victim’s nationality)? Q: Is there a guaranteed law against vulgar language (the unholy 4 letter word) in public? Q: Is there an indiscriminate law against acts of group gangsterism (of more than 2 persons) in public? My questions seriously pertain to the genuine purpose of setting up Speakers’ Square & its safety as a public expression domain which is not the sole territory of political gangsterism. What should the Penang… Read more »

frankie
frankie
14 Oct 2014 3.15pm
Reply to  tunglang

Have you tried Lim Kopi at Plan b @ Queensbay mall?

http://en.penanglang.my/?p=4094

tunglang
14 Oct 2014 9.39pm
Reply to  frankie

Lim Kopi! Lim surname?
Must be Hokkien lang kopi!
Penang has 2 famous ‘genes’ of Chinese Kopi-O: Hailam Chiau Kopi (Hailam Birdie Kopi) & Hokkien Kha Kopi (Hokkien Bootlegger Kopi).

Frankly, frankie. Lim Kopi looks tempting enough. And memorable too!…
Cheers Hokkien Kha Kopi-O kau kau.

Minum Kopi-O boleh tenangkan fikiran yang tergopoh gapah, terseksa & marah gila!!!

tunglang
13 Oct 2014 7.40am

Is this the civilised, cultured way to 1st world 2020? Everyone has a birth-right to voice out, whether at Speakers’ Square or anilnetto.com or anywhere else. To use threats of physical harm & uncivilised verbal abuses showed this kind of species truly belonged to the political bullying … of gangsterism & losers. Wonder how the safety authority was conducting its SOP against violent individuals that day. Mind you, public safety is assured by safety authority without discrimination otherwise what is the justification of an increase of recruitments the past years. Suggestion: Anyone who wish to speak out safely @ Speakers’… Read more »

herman
herman
13 Oct 2014 1.36pm
Reply to  tunglang

Free Speech Malaysia interviews John Wong, a law adviser regarding on the Sedition Act and its functions:

Awang Selamat Ori
Awang Selamat Ori
13 Oct 2014 2.07am

That big sized guy, weighing 200 kgs and above is Zul? Once a rugby player? Lives in Kpg. Pantai Jerejak? Used to work in Desa Bistari?

Awang Selamat Ori
Awang Selamat Ori
13 Oct 2014 2.01am

They always go after the minority.

Try to ask them to disrupt mammoth rallies like those organized by Bersih? They dare not! Just like Yang bodoh, always flooding the space here with his nonsense.

With people like Yang bodoh, such actions like what you saw at Speakers corner will continue. They will continue to bully Yang bodoh’s kind!

kee
13 Oct 2014 10.48pm

Awang, it is always good to see you !!!

Awang Selamat Ori
Awang Selamat Ori
14 Oct 2014 1.06am
Reply to  kee

Thank you Kee, it is always good to see you too. I always read your comment but I seldom wish to interact with people like you know who.

Yes, I know a few of those guys. Disheartening. Bullying Yang’s kind. Always pick on this particular kind, but, you still see (some) supporting them, what can we do?

Phua Kai Lit
Phua Kai Lit
12 Oct 2014 9.38pm

Hello Mr Anil

You may want to post this on your blog:

The President of Uruguay, Mujica

Phua Kai Lit
Phua Kai Lit
12 Oct 2014 8.58pm

Perhaps the appropriate response is to photograph the toughs,
identify them, and post their details on the Internet.

Should also find out who their organisers and sponsors are and publicise these
too.

Ananars
Ananars
13 Oct 2014 7.44am
Reply to  Phua Kai Lit

And also make a police report and use every legal means to bring them to court cicil or criminal

frankie
frankie
14 Oct 2014 12.41pm
Reply to  Phua Kai Lit

The Police just stood by while the mob was getting more aggressive. Maybe the IGP can clarify the role of the Police in controlling hooliganism. We begin to understand now why Penang had to have the Pasukan Peronda Sukarela (PPS) to maintain security and peace in the State! Peaceful gatherings should be allowed to proceed peacefully. After all both sides of the aisle have been holding gatherings!

Phua Kai Lit
Phua Kai Lit
12 Oct 2014 8.56pm

This is an example of Fascist-type street politics, using
toughs to disrupt peaceful protest (freedom of expression)