Mob disruption of Abu-Hindraf forum condemned

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Aliran is horrified and outraged by the recent incident when a mob provocatively gate-crashed a peaceful forum organised by Anything But Umno (Abu)-Hindraf in Klang.

A mob disrupts the Abu-Hindraf forum in Jalan Kebun, Klang

This incident should be condemned by all right-thinking members of our society.
 
The youthful-looking group’s violent and rowdy disruption of the peaceful forum is disturbing and alarming, all the more so when their blatant hooliganism did not receive a prompt response from the police force. In fact, Selangor police chief Tun Hisan Tun Hamzah even reportedly denied there had been any violent incidents that night.
 
It is feared that the apparent lack of prompt and appropriate action by the police in this matter may send a wrong signal to this disruptive group and others similarly inclined: that it is okay for them to disrupt peaceful gatherings of people exercising their democratic right to discuss ideas and opinions in a peaceful and civilised manner. It might also be misconstrued that that the mob had been sanctioned by the authorities to behave so atrociously.
 
To dispel any such notion, the powers-that-be must in no uncertain terms denounce this unruly and aggressive behaviour immediately. The longer the delay in coming up with such a response, the more difficult it would be for the police to convince the public that they mean business in dealing with unruly groups that take the law into their own hands.
 
Such violent and extreme behaviour has no place in a democratic society and cannot be tolerated – especially when the Prime Minister in a recent international conference reminded people of the virtue of moderation in our everyday lives. It is important to make it explicitly clear that we practise what we preach; otherwise we will come across as a hypocritical society in the eyes of the international community.

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Besides, it is incumbent upon the Prime Minister and the police to promote the idea that, if you disagree with someone over a certain issue, the only course of action in a democratic and moderate society is to engage in civilised debate and hold a discussion with those with whom you disagree.

Aliran is encouraged that the police now seem to be taking action to apprehend those who displayed such shameful conduct, which could threaten our peace and harmony. We are happy that the thug who played such a prominent and aggressive role in this disruption and who has been positively identified has been detained by the police.
 
They should be charged under the harshest law as an example to others that hooligans cannot be allowed to roam freely, taking the law into their hands without suffering the consequence of their rowdyism.

Aliran calls upon the authorities to bring the culprits to justice and send a clear message to them and others so inclined that such violent reactions to the issues of the day can never be tolerated in a country that upholds the rule of law.
 
Aliran Executive Committee
25 January 2012

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Alan Newman. NZ
Alan Newman. NZ

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Isma

Wow! Stirred a hornet’s nest didn’t I? Even if its a split personality hornet. Anyway, made me laugh seeing the responses. My point about relying on the police (yes, they are actually quite effective at breaking up whatever ‘illegal’ gatherings that are held) is that, as a fairly civilized country, on the cusp of fully developed status, we cannot allow mob rule under any circumstances. But these pseudonyms, Abdul, Mr X, maybe even Permerhati even, do not agree. Or don’t, or pretend not to, understand. Are you ‘all’ members or friends of that mob in Jalan Kebun?

Abdul

Isma! oh! Isma! Leave everything to the cops?? It’s you who should have your head examined and not someone’s else. Pemerhati and Mr.X are right. There are things you can do yourself without waiting for others to do for you. You can fight the wrong doers yourself instead of hiding under your blanket. If your house catches fire, do you just sit still and wait for the firefighters to arrive?? May be you will not even join the neighbors to put off the fire. He! He! He!

Aliran
Aliran

Abdul, Mr X, please stick to one pseudonym and avoid multiple handles.

Mr.X
Mr.X

Isma, how long have you been asleep?? Armed and uniformed officers to enforce the law?? How did these uniformed officers disperse the Bersih Rally?? Tear gas, batons etc etc. Dispersing the crowd in Jalan Kebun was very much milder. It’s every citizen’s right to uphold law and order in our country. You will be such a person who sees a theft in you neighbor’s house and be chicken enough not to do anything about it.You failed to realise our duties as citizens. Go to bed and let others take care of you. Your place is in the psychiatrist’s chair.

Isma

What actually is your point? Where is the contradiction? You agree the police can do the job, right?

Pemerhati
Pemerhati

Both Hindraf and ABU are unlawful organisations in Malaysia, and any gathering by them are unlawful too, therefore the public have the right to disrupt any unlawful gatherings to keep the peace and harmony of our beloved country. For those who had successfully dispersed the unlawful gathering of ABU and Hindraf, WELL DONE!!!!!!!

Isma

Ho, ho, ho – the public have the right to disrupt any unlawful gatherings to keep the peace and harmony of our beloved country? What country are you from man? Cowboy country? Are you not aware we have armed, uniformed officers to enforce the law in Malaysia? Your head needs examination! And if you act on your suggestions you will end up being served bread and stale bread in a free half star hotel.