Johor police appear to have acted professionally and firmly in keeping the Red Shirts away from a Bersih 5 convoy on 1 October 2016 without resorting to heavy-handed tactics or brutality. This is in sharp contrast to what happened in Perak.
Hopefully, their counterparts in the other states can emulate the Johor police in the way they separated the Red Shirts from the Bersih 5 supporters.
On a different note, politicians and the media should stop using the word “clashes” to describe the Red Shirts’ attempts to intimidate Bersih 5 supporters. This is a distortion of reality. The word clashes implies that both sides were out for a fight or to confront each other, when clearly this was not the case.
In what we witnessed, one side was clearly the aggressor in the way they harassed, intimidated, confronted and blocked the other side, who were asserting their democratic right to assemble peacefully.
So, use words such as intimidation, harassment and aggression instead to describe what is happening in reality.