Friday, February 27, 2009

Umno Youth Mob Attacks Wheelchair-bound Karpal



Picture from The Star AZMAN GHANI


Article by Wong Choon Mei

An ugly fight broke out this afternoon just outside the Parliament building when a group of Umno Youth leaders tried to demand an apology from wheelchair-bound veteran politician Karpal Singh, who had denounced their movement as celaka (damned or inauspicious) a day ago.

Led by Serdang Umno Youth chief Ungku Mat Salleh, the group pushed and shoved at Pakatan Rakyat lawmakers who rushed to help the much-respected 68-year old Bukit Gelugor MP.

Among them were DAP’s Fong Po Kuan, Lim Lip Eng and KeADILan’s N Gobalakrishnan - who tried to steer Karpal to safety. Guards stationed nearby initially did nothing to stop the unruly Umno mob.

The group, which kept warning that their patience was nearing an end, also attempted to stop Pakatan lawmakers from speaking to the press, challenging them to refer directly to their leaders present at the scene.

Said Gombak Umno Youth chief Megat Zulkarnain Omardin: “They must stop insulting the Rulers and the Malays.”

Said KeADILan information chief Tian Chua: “It is typical Umno Youth wanting to act like a hero all the time. We have condemned their behaviour so many times, but they only keep getting bolder. The going is really getting tougher by the day.”

Said Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim: “This is the pinnacle of insolence. We are fed-up with promises that action will be taken and we don’t just want any investigation, we want an assurance from the Speaker that the sanctity of this Parliament will not be destroyed.”

Parliament the highest court of law

Shaken but feisty as ever, Karpal has demanded that the Speaker issue an arrest warrant for the leader of the mob to be brought to Parliament and be tried in the august House functioning as a court of law under the House of Parliament, Privileges and Powers Act 1952 section 9e.

Said Karpal himself: “I might be disabled but I will not take any intimidation from any quarters.

“We are now more interested in having the resolution passed today. This is a resolution that there was contempt in the House in relation to what has happened just now, for those individuals to be produced in this House for punishment.”

DAP adviser Lim Kit Siang was also up in arms over the episode, adding that it was a clear violation of House rules made specifically to protect the sanctity and dignity of Parliament.

“This has never happened before. It is the most outrageous and shameful episode in the history of Parliament,” he said. “They should have been arrested on the spot. Something has become very ugly in Malaysian politics.”

The mob dispersed only after Backbenchers Club president Tiong King Sing appealed to them.

“I heard there was a fight so I came down, but this is still within the Parliament compound so they must respect Parliament,” said Tiong.

“They were provoked, but they should know how to handle it and not get emotional,” said Tiong, whose attempts to make excuses for the Umno Youth mob were sharply rejected by DAP and Pakatan lawmakers.

Article from here.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

A first hand report on the killing of the 6 in Kulim

The Malaysian Police are Prosecutor, Judge and Executioner , all in one .

Today I tagged along with our Human Rights Activists who have been fighting Police Abuses for a long time – S. Jayathas, S. Surendran, Manickavasagam (MP for Kapar)and M.Manohar(MP for Teluk Intan). to find out what actually transpired when the 6 were killed by the Police in Kulim.

Ever since their killing the other day I have been very bothered by the event. The media shouted out "criminals" – as if that was the foregone truth. The Police had executed all 6 of them as if they were the Prosecutor, Judge and Executioner all in one and utterly above the law. It was not one, not two, it was six and it seems with impunity. Every one had their own view of the episode. But I needed some answers.

At the outset let me say that I am not condoning crimes or criminals, but there are so many questions that this incident raises that we need some good answers, and fast, as this situation seems to be spinning out of control – before the ink dries on one, another seems to happen. Kugan's case before Prabakaran's settled, and now the six before Kugan's case is settled.

We visited the shootout site, the families of 3 of the deceased and spent some time with the neighbour at the shootout site. The picture that emerges is different than what the mainstream media has been putting out. The MSM paints a picture that the police only returned fire after being shot at and that this turn of events was totally unavoidable and that they were dealing with a bunch of unscrupulous criminals.

Let me detail some of the facts we gathered before commenting on them. The scene of the shooting was in a small town of Karangan some 15km from Kulim. It was in a small house which was being renovated in one of the backroads of Karangan, a little off the main road of the town. The fence around the house was a tall wall made up of corrugated sheet – something you would do to cut off from view what was going on inside.

A very forthcoming neighbour told us that when he returned home from work that rainy night at around 10 or so he was met with a large group of police men in front of his house, who had already packed his family into the prayer room of his house in the event of stray bullets during the impending ambush. He was asked to get in with them. He only heard the frightening shootout that dreadful night from within his prayer room.

The shootout took place at around 10.30, a very noisy and frightening episode, narrated that neighbour. There did not seem to be any attempt by the Police to try to get the people they were seeking, out from the premises, by summoning them out first using hailers or some such device, before the shoot out. The shooting just happened. The neighbour knew nothing more till the bodies of the killed men were removed at somewhere between 4 and 5 am the next morning.

The first of the killed men, the one that the Police probably had a reason to get, the owner of the house where the shootout happened, was shot in the middle of the top of his head, top down it appeared, though his death certificate indicated he died due to shot wounds in his chest. The family of this victim, mentioned he had several more shots on the front side of his body – as if someone shot at him from the front. This individual, we were told by the family had no prior police record.

The second victim that we visited was someone who was actually working in Singapore for a company called SBS (maybe the Singapore Bus Company) who had come back to Kulim for a holiday. He was due to go back shortly and had a return ticket for that. His death certificate also indicated death due to shots in the chest. Apparently he had several shot wounds on the front side of his body also, as if shot from the front. He appeared to be a friend of the first victim. It is not clear from the little information we got that this person was at all a close accomplice or even a participant in any crime that may have been in the works. Of course, I am concluding this with very little information, but these are the facts as we got them from the family. The family was distraught, because this had damaged the standing of the family in the community, having their dead son branded a criminal. This victim also has no past criminal record, we were told by the family.

The third family we visited was that of a young chap of about 20. His family lives in a dilapidated little estate house in Padang Serai. He had seven siblings and it was obvious the family was just existing. This young chap it appears was working for the first victim assisting in the renovation of the house where the shootout happened. The parents did not seem to know much more about what he did. He was obviously not being paid very much, as he had just 2 days before the incident asked one of his family members for 20 ringgits. He had shot wounds on the forehead and it looked like the back of his head was all bloodied as if from an exiting bullet. He was dressed only in a towel at the time of his death. His parents even had difficulty putting together some money to buy him a shirt and a dhoty for his burial. 36 ringgits was all they had. They could not even afford the coffin in which he was ultimately buried. The Police disallowed the victims kin to examine the body when they tried to. The body was all bloodied in the front. This victim also has no past record, we were told.

To say the least, this was a carnage. It appears like we are in Gaza or in Iraq or in Afghanistan or even in SriLanka – the scale and method of killingsuggests nothing short of this. Let me ask, are we in one of these countries or is Malaysia descending there?.

It looks like Indian lives have become very cheap, very cheap in this country – the lives of anjing keeling, yes that's what it is, the cheap lives of the anjings - that they can be wasted in this manner. Uthaykumar was so right!.

By all of this, I am in no way saying crime is alright. What I am saying is the way the problems of crime are being dealt with. Let me layout some perspectives for you all to consider:
  1. What was the need to kill these people? They were not terrorists. They had no previous records. They were not murderers, surely not the mafia. They could have been easily arrested. In fact the first victim regularly stays is just a stone's throw from the Police Station. Why were they not apprehended? Or why were they not given a chance to come out with their hands up to surrender themselves for arrest – even in war this is done?. Why were they not given this chance?
  2. We understand there were a number of sharp shooters from around the country on hand for the job for the Police. This seem to indicate that this was planned kill event.
  3. Why was it that the shot wounds were all in the front side of the victims – not any location on the body, but systematically on the front side?
  4. One victim was shot on the top of the head, how could that happen in a normal exchange of fire. That seems to suggest some crouching position and a shot into the head, from the top.
  5. Why were the victims not shot at on their legs or where they will not be killed but disabled on being shot?
  6. Why were the kin of one of the victims denied their right to inspect the body?
  7. If it was a shootout between the Police and the victims, only two could have had the guns, as the police produced two guns, why were the shot wounds so systematic in the chest and the heads on all three of the victims? We do not know about the other two victims – but I suspect they will show similarities.

In summary this ugly incident in the series of incidents of police killing and atrocities seem to emphasise the following issues.

  1. The Police in Malaysia continue killing Indian crime suspects with impunity – taking upon themselves the role of Prosecutor, Judge and Executioner all in one. I am sure that the powers be know exactly what they are doing. So, we have to take it that they are trying to provoke a response from us so they can slam emergency rule snd set us all back?
  2. The Police very urgently need to be Policed . That looks like a very remote possibility, as long as UMNO rules this country of ours. . See what's happening to the reform driven MACC, it has become just another tool of UMNO. Any IPCMC will probably end up in that same rubbish bin. In any case this UMNO regime seems to be promoting Police brutality as a means of maintaining their hold on the levers of power.
  3. So many crime suspects in Malaysia are from among the Indian community.? I think the answer to this has been already abundantly answered by Uthayakumar – this underclass of Indians are a direct result of the UMNO policies over the last 50 years of marginalizing Indians – neglecting the development of the Indian community. There does not yet seem to be any serious effort to get to the bottom of this problem.
  4. The way the Police are shooting Indian crime suspects seem to give additional credence to the racist line of UMNO – the anjing keling line.. They seem to be wittingly or unwittingly creating a stereotype of the Indians in the country – despicable, troublecausing and uncouth Indian. What do you think the jibes of children in school reflect – when little Indian children are called "anjing keling" by their Malay classmates.
  5. Poverty seems to be intertwined with all of this. Take the case of the third victim that we visited - what kind of money was he making for him to be lumped up and shot. Does this make sense, 20 years old, barely making a living and then shot in the middle. These are the youth of the country who should be nurtured and built up into the the human potential we so much need.

    This is all very infuriating.

    There comes a time when all of this has to stop. This cannot continue. UMNO , stop playing games and get on with doing something positive about the problem. If you do not know how, then get expert help, I am sure there are agencies around the world that can help. Or are we to take it that you just do not want to , and then the only way we can find some resolution to the problem is by replacing you, UMNO.



UNITED WE MUST STAND
UNITED WE MUST ACT!!!!!

Articles copied from here

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Crooks and Crooked Cops

A forwarded mail to share with everyone, especially lady drivers out there, beware of this crooks!!

Dear Friends,

I've finally got this down in writing.....

Be paranoid if you must be but don't trust even the Police . These are desperate times. I have a story which you should send to all your friends to warn them.

I was in a car accident on 15/11/2008 along the flyover coming up from the Federal Highway into Jalan Maarof, Bangsar . My car skidded and went over a road divider. When I came to a stop a few minutes later 2 Malay guys - one driving a blue Satria and the other on a bike passed my car and stopped. They looked very decent - clean cut, well dressed like they worked in an office. Both approached me and asked in perfect English whether I was ok and whether I needed help.

I declined of course as I had already called for help. They hovered for a while and then went off. I decided then to get out of my car to check the damage and when I got out, the 2 guys reversed and came back . At first I thought they were nice guys and just wanted to be sure I was ok. Nevertheless, I ignored them and kept a distance.

Then the drama unfolded. The guy driving the Satria opened his car booth and took our a pair of black pants which he then threw on the road behind my car. The motorcyclist then sat down on the divider and began to roll up his pants and took off his shoes and socks ! I saw that he had a scrapped knee which was rather red.

Realising then that something was very wrong, I asked the two guys while still maintaining my distance from them what they were doing . The motorcyclist then turned to me and said " You langgar saya tak payah bayar ?" I was shocked and told them no such thing happened and why they were doing this. The guy then said " Awak jangan biadap, sudah langgar saya nak marah saya !!"

I quickly went back into my car and called the police. Call this Bukit Aman No. (03-22626555) - the response is fast. While waiting for help to arrive I kept praying for protection. The Police came within 5 minutes.

BUT, you know, the police whom I thought were my heros also turned out to be crooks.

The 2 officers approached me and asked me what happened. while I related to them what happened one of them went to speak to the 2 guys who were still hovering around at the back of my car. The remaining cop asked me "Sekarang macam mana?" I said there was no way I could have knocked them as there was no evidence of damage to their vehicles or injury on them. The cop then asked me " Kerja di mana?"

I told them I worked in a Bank and he said " Wah jadi you banyak wang!!!". Although on hindsight now it was a strange thing to say (at that point they were still my heroes) to which I responded that I am only a worker , I don't own the Bank so I don't have money ! He then walked to his partner and came back a few moments later and said to me " The guy claims I broke the side mirror of his car" He asked again "sekarang nak buat apa ?"

At this pt I was furious and told him that we should all go to the Balai to make our repsective reports He kept quiet at my response . I then blurted out some names of ex-Bkt Aman Inspectors whom I happen to know and then he went to talk again to
his partner and the next thing that happened, the 2 guys accusing me left the scene.

I was just overcome with relief by then my family had arrived to help. Little did I realise until much later that the 2 corrupt cops were in cohorts with the 2 malay boys to extort some money from me. They let them go without my consent, did not even record their details or vehicle reg nos. Nothing !!!

Imagine the cops who are supposed to protect you are as dirty and corrupted as the crooks roaming our town !!!! Abdullah Badawi whose mission before he leaves his position says he wants to curb crime in the country and eradicate corruption should go dig out the shit in his garden first.

What an experience!!!!

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Show Your Support to Elizabeth Wong, Sign the Petition Online

Nonetheless to say, what happened to Elizabeth Wong was the vicious attack on the integrity of the popular and dedicated state assemblywoman.

Let us show our support to her to continue her position as state assemblywoman, and not to resign and withdraw for what she had done to community.

Sign the petition on line here. or go to the link here : http://www.petitiononline.com/reject/

Read Elizabeth Wong blog here and also Facebook and blog supporting Eli here and here

This is her press conference statement on 17 Feb 2009

"The events of the past two days have shown an insidious and underhanded attempt by certain quarters to smear my reputation. My personal life and privacy have been violated.

These people have conspired to undermine my credibility both as a Selangor State Exco Member as well as a Keadilan leader. Although the smear campaign directed towards me has caused me a lot of anguish, I am aware that the real objective is to discredit Parti Keadilan Rakyat.

I have done nothing wrong.

I wish to state that I am not ashamed of my sexuality as a woman and as a single person. I have broken no law. I stand by the fundamental principle in a democracy that everyone has a right to privacy.

Parti KeADILan Rakyat stands for ‘new’ politics that holds justice and human rights as core values which transcend gender, ethnicity and class. ‘New’ politics also means we rise above gutter politics.

It is precisely this that I believe that these attacks will continue with greater intensity, and I have no doubt that Umno and Barisan Nasional will continue to manipulate the situation. Accordingly, I have decided to make a stand, in the interest of the party and its struggle for the people.

I have received overwhelming support from my family, my constituents, Pakatan Rakyat colleagues, friends and the general public. However, in the interest of my party, I have decided to offer my resignation as a Selangor State Exco Member as well as the State Assemblywoman for Bukit Lanjan.

I will discuss with the Menteri Besar to arrange for the proper handover of my responsibilities. I will continue to serve the people and fight for justice in Malaysia.

Last but not least, I am very grateful to the people who have placed their trust in me and my party, and I thank them for the opportunity that they have given me to serve. Words cannot possibly express my eternal gratitude to outstanding staff members and fellow ADUNs, and most of all, my Menteri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim who has given me his unwavering support and the opportunity to work with him.

If I have let anyone down or offended anyone, I offer my sincere apologies."

ELIZABETH WONG
ADUN BUKIT LANJAN
EXCO for Tourism, Consumer Affairs and the Environment


I just hope that she will change her mind and be strong and firm, she's the victim of the unshameful ex wrongdoing, and it s not her fault at all. Be strong Eli, we are at your back supporting you, you are not alone..