‘Sunday January 27, 2008
KUALA LUMPUR: Fifty-six people, including several opposition and non-governmental organisation (NGO) leaders, were arrested for attending a rally to protest against rising prices of fuel and other essential items.
City police chief Deputy Comm Datuk Muhamad Sabtu Osman said police obtained an order from the magistrate’s court to stop the rally by the Coalition Against Inflation (Protes).
He said police dispersed the rally without using any force.
Among those arrested were five members of Protes named in the court order: PAS treasurer Dr Hatta Ramli, PKR information chief Tian Chua, Arutchelvam Subramaniam, Simon Oii and DAP leader Ronnie Liew.Others included Parti Sosialis Malaysia pro tem chairman Dr Mohd Nasir Hashim, PAS vice-president Mohamad Sabu, PAS think-tank head Dr Zulkifli Ahmad and Tian Chua’s secretary Ginie Lim.
Malaysiakini journalist Syed Jamal Zahiid was detained for “asking too many questions.’
Only in Malaysia, if you ask too many questions, you will be detained. I thought that only happened in communist and facist ruled countries? What is wrong with this country? Is it wrong to voice out your concern on price hike? It is not like people are gathering to topple the government. They wanted they government to listen and do something, not side-stepping or instructed the mainstream media to blackout all the bad news just because election is around the corner. Have you noticed lately all the news in the MSM (mainstream media) singing praises for the government and suddenly we have tons of good news? Other than the daily jokes provided by Lingam and the Pussified Royal Commission. What a bunch of pondans can do but to provide humor and drama for Malaysians. And we claps…….
– maybe this is the reason we shouldn’t ask too many questions.