Tuesday, August 04, 2009

Why charge some ...and not the other 570 arrested? What kind of 'mind-games' are the police and the UMNO-led BN engaging in?

Over 20,000 took part in the public protest calling for the repeal of the ISA (and all other laws that allow for Detention Without Trial)

600 arrested - and all released except for 30 - who were charged in court. WHY were the other 570 not charged as well? What happened to equality and equal treatment under the law? Why this selective persecution of the 30? What kind of 'mind games' ....psychological tactics are the police and the UMNO-led Government using? Will the 570 be charged later? Could be -- and this can happen anytime - does the police and the UMNO-led BN hope that this 'sword of Damocles' hanging over the head of the rest of the 570 would instill sufficient fear in their heart for them them to stop openly protesting in the future? Psychological games that the police play...?

Not arresting and charging the so-called leaders is also a strategy - it causes anger for these leaders from amongst the many who protested, got arrested, detained.... charged. Why the special treatment for these leaders? In fact, maybe the main leaders should surrender to be arrested...if the police and the state persist in arresting, detaining and charging others who came and protested. Maybe, all the 'over 20,000...' should step forward and be arrested - just like what Gandhi did whilst Indians fought for their independence from their British colonial masters...

Police will be calling in 11 political leaders or “VIPs” suspected of being behind the protests against the Internal Security Act (ISA) last Saturday, Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Musa Hassan said on Tuesday.

More than 20,000 people gathered to protest the ISA on Saturday, but were dispersed by police deploying watercannons aned teargas.

Nearly 600 people arrested, including Subang Member of Parliament R. Sivarasa, although all but 30 were later released.

Sivarasa was freed on police bail on Monday, while 16 were charged at the by the Kuala Lumpur Sessions Court with “illegal assembly with the intention to create a public disturbance” under Section 143 of the Penal Code.

The remaining 13 -- including a 16-year-old boy -- were charged under the Societies Act.

Their trial has been set for Sept 4.

Home Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein has directed the police to investigate and take action against those responsible for organising and instigating the ISA rallies.

Meanwhile, Musa said police would recommend to the Attorney-General that parents who “exploited” their children by allowing them to participate in the rallies be charged as well.

Two other underaged boys, aged 16 and 13, were released over the weekend after a magistrate refused to allow them to be remanded.

Women, Children and Community Development Minister Datuk Seri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil had earlier said that 44 children under the age of 18 were detained on Saturday.

She said that those who intentionally exposed children to dangerous situations under the Child Act, 2001, risk being jailed 10 years or fined RM20,000 or both. - Star, 4/8/2009, Anti-ISA protests: ‘VIPs’ to be hauled up

1 comment:

Samuel Goh Kim Eng said...


When there's selective perception
There'll be selective persecution
Leading to selective prosecution
Resulting in political prostitution

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Tue. 4th Aug. 2009.