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Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Bar Council Forum: Star vs DAP, Mob Rule

According to The Star, DAP Gunasekaren is reportedly to have said that "the demonstrators should be arrested and detained under the Internal Security Act for stoking racial sentiments".

Full link here: http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2008/8/13/nation/22070227&sec=nation

Today, in Lim Kit Siang's blog, LKS said that "he has checked with Gunasekaren and he has denied that he had made the remark about the ISA detention attributed to him."

Full link here: http://blog.limkitsiang.com/2008/08/13/detain-bar-council-forum-protestors-under-isa-gunasekaren-denies/

So, who is actually telling the truth? The Star? Or DAP via LKS?

LKS also took the opportunity to reiterate the Party's position on the ISA - "DAP stand for the repeal of the nefarious detention-without-trial Internal Security Act is clear. All ISA detainees should be released immediately or be charged in court to avail them of an opportunity to defend themselves in an open trial."


Interestingly, nothing appears to escape the eagle-like eyes of the veteran Opposition party LKS.

He made a very pertinent point about "Mob Rule" in that article:

"We disagree with the demonstrators though we respect their right to protest against the Bar Council forum, which must be done peacefully and civilly.

However, what is unacceptable is the mob rule where demonstrators threatened to storm and a few stormed the Bar Council auditorium and disrupted the forum under the protection of the police!

It is sad that for the past five days, not a single word had been said by the Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, Deputy Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Razak and the Home Minister, Datuk Seri Syed Hamid Albar to deplore the uncivil and irresponsible conduct of those who had taken the law into their hands to storm (also those who threatened to storm) and disrupted a lawful meeting in a private premise.

Have the lawless become the law in Abdullah’s Malaysia?

When is the Police and the Attorney-General going to uphold the law and act against the lawless?"

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