Long ago, the Father of Merdeka Tengku Abdul Rahman called Malaysia a Police State when Mahathir locked up hundreds of activists under the draconian ISA.
Now with Najib getting jittery over the influence of the people’s revolts in Tunisia and Egypt and his own guilty conscience over their many misdeeds, corruptions and power abuses, one can easily predict the sycophantic Police will act not only very promptly and one can predict, harshly too to try to strike fear into those thinking of protests.
So it is not even a week after Mubarak got thrown out by People’s Power that the police have demonstrated the fulfilment of the above predictions when they not only arrested those involved in the HRP protest convoys but also hit one of them in the face
Police clamp down on HRP convoy
Feb 13, 11
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Eleven Human Rights Party (HRP) members in Selangor and Perak have been arrested as police came down hard on their nationwide convoy.
Six were arrested at Jelapang, Ipoh police station while five more were nabbed near Jalan Templer in Selangor, as police mounted roadblocks to stop the convoy to promote an upcoming anti-racism rally.
According to eyewitnesses, a convoy member in Selangor had her camera confiscated and was hit in the face, while police were “very harsh” towards HRP members in Perak.
“The police raised their fists and threatened to hit (the HRP members),” an eyewitness said when contacted.
He added that the Jelapang police station is now cosed off and other members of HRP are not allowed in, nor were they told why the six - Perak HRP chief P Ramesh, his deputy N Subramaniam and four other Perak HRP members - were arrested.
There are similar convoys in Johor, Negri Sembilan and Kedah.
According to HRP information chief S Jayathas, who was contacted moments before he was arrested with Selangor party chief K Selvam and three others, police also mounted a roadblock in Rawang.
“They only stopped our cars, not other road users. We staged a small protest and they let us pass.
“We have the right to use the road. They can only check our road tax and drivers' licences,” said Jayathas, who is now held at the Selayang district police station.
HRP had yesterday expressed its fears of a crackdown after Perak police warned them not to proceed with the convoy.