Johor Menteri Besar Datuk Abdul Ghani Othman’s commenst give the impression that the demonstration was ‘racially and politically motivated’.
I’d like to find out more about the demonstration and the racial/political make-up of the demonstraters. Because, quite frankly, whenever people make noise about some valid point those in power would rather ignore, they smear the complainants ad hominem as ‘racially and politically motivated’.
If by political he means that ‘Those who live in big, tightly guarded mansions and excess luxuries paid for by the citizens who are ignored while they suffer and die should be removed from government‘, then I would have to agree that the demonstration must have been political in nature.
But as I’ve just found out from Elizabeth Wong, political in this case simply means passing out leaflets urging for the immediate setting up of the Independent Police Complaint and Misconduct Commission (IPCMC), as recommended by the Royal Commission on police reform. Yes, we can all clearly see how that will directly lead to nationwide race riots. Mm-hmm.
From The Star 18 June 2007:
JOHOR BARU: The police stopped an anti-crime demonstration outside the Mentri Besar’s official residence here and picked up two protesters who resisted a police order to disperse.
About 100 people had gathered outside Saujana at 10am to stage their protest.
They were hoping to get the attention of Datuk Abdul Ghani Othman but the Mentri Besar at that time was attending a state Umno meeting in Jalan Yahya Awal, not far from his official residence in Jalan Abdul Rahman Andak.
Johor Baru (South) OCPD Asst Comm Shafie Ismail used a loud hailer and directed the group to disperse when they started to carry a banner and chant slogans. Most of the protesters dispersed within 10 minutes but the two refused to budge.
ACP Shafie said that they were detained for investigations.
When met at the Umno meeting, Abdul Ghani defended the police action and advised the public not to exploit recent crime cases for political reasons.
There had been two violent rapes over the past week, one involving a 19-year-old girl on June 12 and the other involving a 35-year-old woman the next day.
Last month, a woman who was waiting in a car while her husband went into a toilet was held at knifepoint and taken on a terror ride, gang-raped and robbed.
Last year, in Bandar Baru Uda, Form Three student Syafiqah Mohd Borhan was found dead in a drain with bruises on her head, neck and knees.
In 2001, 10-year-old Nurulhuda Ghani died after being raped and left in a toilet of a guardhouse in Kampung Perkajang in Gelang Patah.
Abdul Ghani said that the victims of the crimes were from different backgrounds.
“The recent rape cases should not be politicised in a racial way.”