From The Star 7 Sept 2009:
Koh: Cops need to be fair and consistent
PETALING JAYA: Police should have a standard procedure to deal with public protests to show it is consistent and fair in its actions, said minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon.
He proposed that police do not immediately arrest those protesting peacefully, but to record the demonstrations instead, to identify the perpetrators to take action later.
“If the police act harshly even before there are signs of aggression, not only would this bring displeasure to the group demonstrating but also to the public who will view this as being unfair,” said the Gerakan president after opening the Selangor Gerakan AGM yesterday.
Speaking to reporters on the recent cow head protest in Shah Alam, Dr Koh said the incident had raised many doubts and unhappiness.
In his speech earlier, he said the police must be sensitive to public perception and not just carry out their duty as the image of the police is a reflection of the Government.
Dr Koh pointed out that people have started questioning why the cow head protesters were not arrested on the spot during the demonstration but 16 people were arrested at Dataran Merdeka on Saturday for carrying out a candlelight vigil.
“People who carry out candlelight vigils and people who are sitting in mamak shops wearing black clothes are arrested. I think that is not correct,” he said drawing laughter from the delegates.
Dr Koh asks: Why are peaceful protestors arrested, while a mob vehemently insulting the Hindu religion (and collaterally insulting Guan Yin followers) is let off?
Answer: Look at the subtext in the poster below, which I’ll keep bringing up:
Why weren’t they arrested either, when the Bersih protests were met with chemical-water cannon, tear gas and shield bashes?
Answer: Look at the subtext in the first poster again.
All posters from Malaysian Politics Motivational Poster.