Monday, April 30, 2012

Citizen Security | How quickly we forget

28 April was a fine day. Sun was up and hopes flew high. By late afternoon it rained ... on dissenters against unfair election practices in Malaysia. Malaysian Police poured a hard rain of blows on citizens.

Tunku Aziz, Vice Chairman of DAP Malaysia, is trying very hard not to gloat ...that he was right. If only Malaysia took his wise counsel of his vehement opposition to Bersih 3. He could have stopped the fine weather on 28 April though it had rained hard on "politik jalan"(roadside/street politics) that the gracious and gentile Malaysians deeply frown on.

They say Malaysians "mudah lupa". Yes, we slam the car door closed and leave the keys in. Not all the time but some of the time. And you forget.

It was Magrib prayer time at Masjid Jamek on the eve of Bersih Day, when Siti Aishah, garbed in yellow Bersih T-shirt was preparing for prayer. The Police stopped her. The reason: she was wearing the yellow Bersih T-shirt.

We're still sarung stuck to the car door as far as governance, accountability and transparency go.

In the Royal Commission to Enhance the Operation and Management of the Royal Malaysia Police of 4th February, 2004, the dose of reforms were spelt out in no uncertain terms. But Malaysia dozed off.

Among the many weaknesses, the principal one was Police Brutality and corruption. But we forgot.

Perhaps Tunku Aziz might like to reMEMBER? It doesn't matter if he wishes to reMEMBER with DAP or UMNO. Or disMEMBER from whatever and whoever. Perhaps, by so doing he might have sober recall.

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