It's sad that PAS had allowed themselves to be used to the fullest in the recent anti-ISA demonstration.Unlike the Bersih demonstration in November 2007 which had a good mix of the races the recent one which Anwar Ibrahim claimed a success could hardly be called such.There were serious imbalance in the racial mix, which does not fit well into Pakatan Rakyat's claim of multi-racial cooperation and their concept of Malaysian Malaysia.
The turnout was not impressive and looked more like a PAS election victory march. If I may ask what was the end finished product that Pakatan leaders called a resounding success? Did the government, subsequent to the event, abolished the ISA? How can it be successful if you have not achieved your desired objective but have instead created chaos and public nuisance.
If causing public nuisance and inconveniencing the general public is what Pakatan leaders termed as success than these cabals need to have their heads examine. The supposedly cocktail party was attended mostly by PAS supporters. Have the Chinese and Indians gone back to sitting on the fence?
The Minister of Federal Territories estimated business loss of between RM100 to RM200 million for those affected by the demonstration.Many shops had to close for fear of becoming accidental victims to the unruly mob and the possibility of looting if the situation gets out of hand.Those who suffered loss of income have legal recourse to recover their losses from the organisers and Pakatan leaders who openly participated in the unlawful assembly.
Besides claim for business losses from traders in that area, the police, on the other hand, can also charge Pakatan leaders for illegal assembly and of causing public nuisance. Pakatan leaders should not be allowed to go scot-free for the inconvenience they have caused the general public and loss of business for the traders.
There will be more of this abuse of ill-conceived idea of freedom if the situation is not arrested now. The Prime Minister proposal to allow them designated areas like stadiums or other secured areas where the general public will not be inconvenienced shows that the government do not object to public rally if conducted in a proper manner, in accordance with the law and not endangering human lives and properties.Street rally can get out of hand and would be more difficult to police and control.
One of the most respectable magazines, the Economist, has now called Anwar Ibrahim a chameleon. Is he going to sue them in the English court or Malaysian court? A 100 million pound sterling would be a tidy sum to add to the many law suits that he has pending against others here including RM100 million against former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohammad.He would become an accidental billionaire if he can win all the legal suits including a new one he is contemplating against Deputy Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin and Utusan.
For someone who accused the Malaysian judiciary of being corrupt and allegedly controlled by the executive he seems to have great confidence in the judiciary and judicial system that he had grossly ridiculed.He certainly seems to have more faith in them than the leaders in government who have not used the courts as legal recourse for slander against them. That tells you that much what Anwar Ibrahim is all about.He is not what he is all about.
(Updated) Please read below where Anwar Ibrahim stood before in defence of keeping the ISA.Details provided by Eddy, a regular reader of this blog.
Another major blow to Anwar who accused the IGP and AG of fabricating evidence and people like Lim Kit Siang who demanded that the IGP term should not be extended was the recent award given by the Singapore government to IGP Musa Hassan, a 'Singapore’s Distinguished Service Order' for his outstanding contribution in fostering excellent ties and cooperation between Malaysian police and the republic's police force. That speaks volumes of his credentials as a policeman.
Pakatan's false facade it's trying to sell to Malaysians is now slowly being ripped apart, piece by piece, by events and circumstances beyond their control.
There are two ways to be fooled, one is to believe what isn't so, the other is to refuse to believe what is so.
The gist of the story is one must always have a suspicious mind and learn not to buy a pig in a poke.
This was what Anwar said about the ISA on 24 May 1994 when he was Deputy Prime Minister while officiating a "Mesyuarat Agung Antarabangsa ke 27, Majlis Ekonomi Lembangan Pasifik (PBEC)" in Kuala Lumpur, Anwar Ibrahim said:
“Walaupun keadaan dalam negara sekarang adalah baik, namun tidak dapat dinafikan kemungkinan berlakunya ketegangan. Dalam keadaan seperti itu kebijaksanaan untuk mempertahankan ISA adalah perlu demi keamanan negara. Adalah tidak wajar untuk menghapuskan Akta Keselamatan Dalam Negeri (ISA) yang terbukti berkesan membawa keamanan dan kemakmuran di negara ini.”
On 28th Oktober 1987, Anwar's statement when he was Education Minister on the arrest under ISA of both BN and Opposition members during Operation Lallang:
“The goverment’s decision to ban all public rallies showed that it placed national security above the aspirations of certain politicians and political parties…..The government’s actions were carefully planned and placed priority on national interest not that of any particular group. There can be no compromise on national security in a multiracial country like ours.”
Fast forward to 1st August 2009, this is what Anwar Ibrahim defacto Opposition Leader and wannabe PM said in the anti ISA demonstration:
“We gather today to fight a cruel law under a cruel administration..”