You would also have read the news of police officers with automatic rifles charging at a 100 year old Hindu temple and its devotees to demolish the building. Many were injured as a result and one victim is apparently in a coma. Some 14 persons were arrested including a 15 year old boy.It gets worse. Read it at http://tonypua.blogspot.com/2007/10/police-must-be-crazy.html
Late last evening, 4 lawyers - P Uthayakumar, M Manoharan, V Ganabathy and Vethamoorthy went to Shah Alam police station to lodge a police report over the above incident.
Unbelievably, based on witness statements, they were denied entry into the police station at the gates. Shouting began and a small fracas soon followed with one of the lawyers pushed to the ground.
Finally, the lawyers were allowed in to lodge their report over the afternoon temple demolition incident.
However shockingly, the Deputy OCPD then appeared and had the four lawyers handcuffed and arrested!
Some background to what happened.
Earlier, several hundred police personnel and local council authorities clashed with the residents who sought to stop the demolition of the 100-year temple in Padang Jawa. Workers from the Shah Alam City Hall had demolished the village’s Sri Maha Mariaman temple without a valid court order, said Hindu Rights Action Force (Hindraf) in a statement today.
What a wonderful way to mark the end of the fourth year under Badawi's rule. Almost every type of lawlessness and arrogance is evident in these events.
Lawlessness reigns - there was no paperwork to demolish the temple
Lawlessnees reigns - automatic rifles were dispatched
Lawlessness reigns - the public are not allowed entry into the police station
Lawlessness reigns - a 15 year old boy was detained and his parents were not allowed to see him
Lawlessness reigns - lawyers attempting to lodge a police report and instead handcuffed and arrested
Lawlessness reigns - those detained were refused their constitutional right to legal representation
Lawlessness reigns in those who have been given the charge to uphold the law.
and I'm not even going to start about why the sudden interest in the land where the temple sits, has the ownership of the land changed from the state to a business entity, the brokers and why council workers are doing the demolition work and how come the already so stretched police force is being used.
Yesterday marked the end of the 4th year of Badawi-ism.
Yeterday also saw Malaysians grieving over their 100 year old temple destroyed, families waiting anxiously outside the police station and people lay injured in the hospital
I hope it was a Happy 4 Year reign for him.
We enter the 5th year of Badawi-ism today.
I also hope it's his last.