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Two things in the morning: Hindraf and fire at Keramat wet market

I woke to news that tear gas has been fired at crowd again. Unlike the Bersih rally, tear gas seems to have been used more liberally (via):

Hours before the protest organised by Hindu Rights Action Force (Hindraf) is due to take place, the police have already begun firing tear gas and chemical-laced water to disperse crowds in three areas in Kuala Lumpur – Jalan Ampang, the KLCC and Batu Caves.

The police fired a volley of tear gas at Jalan Ampang at about 7.40am today to disperse a large crowd who had gathered there. The area has been declared a curfew zone by the police, who have issued a ‘arrest on sight’ order.

Earlier, the police also used tear gas to disperse a crowd which gathered at Batu Caves and the Kuala Lumpur City Centre (KLCC) areas.

Despite roadblocks and a tight police cordon to seal off the city, thousands of Indians from all around the country have arrived in Kuala Lumpur since last night.

Some of the protesters were already at Jalan Ampang near Nikko Hotel – a stone throw away from the British High Commission – early this morning.

Despite repeated firing of chemical-laced water against the 2,000-strong crowd, the protestors appeared defiant and refused to budge.

Police presence is heavy and a few arrests have been made. Part of Jalan Ampang is already closed but protesters continue to filter in from all sides. [Tear gas fired at defiant protesters. Malaysiakini. November 25 2007]

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Cruel and Unusual: A Requiem for Nurin

By now, the worst fears of a couple have come true – the body of a young girl found stuffed in a gym bag some days back is indeed of their daughter, Nurin Jazlin Jazimin.

Has the civic consciousness and morality our society degraded to such an extent that more and more inhuman and cruel acts are being perpetrated? How could any person claiming to be human do something like this?
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The serial banners are at it again…

It is really amazing how the mind of some people work. Consider this snippet of nonsense:

Malaysian youth “would be exposed to moral decay if we continue to allow such concerts to be held in Malaysia.”
(from Malaysiakini)

This pearl of “wisdom” comes from the Muslim Students Union… whose wish is for the upcoming Gwen Stefani, scheduled for August 21.

Yeah, let’s ban everything we don’t like, why don’t we?

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Hello Metblogs, Walski reporting for duty…

At long last, finally an entry from yours truly to kick off Walski’s venture into KL MetroBlogging… with apologies to the rest of the KL MetroBlogging crew!

Well, what can I say… as August 31 approaches, we are indeed living in interesting times. The big hoo-harr about blogs and blogging that we’ve been hearing about of late has gotten me thinking – what gives? Why the sudden heightened paranoia about citizens having an unrestricted voice?

Well, a few things come to mind… but most of all, what Walski sees as the real implication of blogs and blogging, in view that a General Election may not be too far away…
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The Sunday after

News of Nat’s detention and the subsequent 4-day remand has hit the mainstream media today. The Star reports that his arrest is related to “police case files on detainees or suspects investigated under the Emergency Ordinance.

KUALA LUMPUR: Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) information bureau staff Nathaniel Tan, 27, has been remanded for four days under the Official secrets Act (OSA).

Tan, who is also secretary of Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s Foundation for Future, is believed to been remanded under the Section 8 of the OSA over allegations that he had documents linked to Deputy Internal Security Minister Datuk Johari Baharom’s alleged involvement in corruption. [Nathaniel Tan remanded for four days under OSA. The Star. July 14 2007]

Initially, the Star reported that the arrest is “believed to be in connection with a doctored picture of Deputy Prime Minister which was posted on the Internet.”

PETALING JAYA: An aide of Parti Keadilan Rakyat adviser Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim was arrested, believed to be in connection with a doctored picture of Deputy Prime Minister which was posted on the Internet. [Anwar’s aide held over doctored DPM pictures. The Star. July 14 2007]

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Change perception, change the world

Demand Middle East Peace Now!

No bikinis, but hot pants are ok

Futurama in KLCC II
Photo from flickr.com by moroiu.

Possibly aware that they have to make some noise in parliament to boost support for the looming general election, two MPs slammed the Youth and Sports Ministry for allowing ‘scantily’ clad sexy models in the Super GT Grand Prix held in Malaysia.

But it’s the reply that takes the cake.

Parliamentary Secretary to the Youth and Sports Ministry S. Vigneswaran said the models did not wear swim suits but were attired in hot pants.

PKR – Parti Kenangan Reformasi?

CPR for Dummies
PKR in need of CPR? Photo from flickr.com by eesti.

At the rate things are going for PKR, it may soon change its status from political party to social club in memory of the misnamed Reformasi (Reformation) movement of 1998, which should have been more accurately called Resusitasi (Resuscitation) as its main aim was to save the suddenly sacked deputy premier, Anwar Ibrahim.

Founding leaders are deserting the sinking ship while the party’s self-declared de facto leader, Anwar, is on tour in some part of the world.

So Parti Keadilan Rakyat (People’s Justice Party) may soon be Parti Kenangan Reformasi (Reformasi Memorial Party). Party on, dudes!

Mongolian Murder Mystery

James n Perlin
CLUEDO: Despite claims of increasing racial and religious polarisation, Malaysians may now be united in a game of Cluedo.
Photo from flickr.com by Mountainbread.

Monday, June 18, 2007
SHAH ALAM, Malaysia (AP)

The long-awaited murder trial of a political analyst in the slaying of his Mongolian lover started Monday with prosecutors promising to prove that the accused conspired with two policemen to blow up the victim with explosives.

The case has been one of Malaysia’s most lurid scandals. The accused political analyst, Abdul Razak Baginda, is close to the governing party as well as Deputy Prime Minister Najib Razak, and his extramarital affair that ended in a macabre death has been the talk of the country.

Prosecutor Tun Abdul Majid Tun Hamzah told the court that he has evidence to show that the policemen killed Altantuya Shaariibuu, a 28-year-old freelance translator and interpreter, on Oct. 19, 2006.

He said he will prove that Abdul Razak, 47, “abetted them by planning and giving instructions to get rid of her by killing her” because she was pestering him for money.

Continue reading @ China Post

The hearing continues tomorrow.

Info Minister highlights ‘social contract’

James n Perlin
Photo from flickr.com by akbar1947.

KUALA LUMPUR (SUN – Jun 17, 2007): The freedom given to the press and political parties is not to be abused, said Information Minister Datuk Seri Zainuddin Maidin.

“It is not the Prime Minister’s intention to allow the freedom to be breached and for questions to be raised on the fundamental rights of Malaysians under our social contract,” he said yesterday.

“It (freedom) was also not granted to the media to raise sensitive issues relating to religion and the rights of any particular race.”

More @ The Star.

Meanwhile, there may be stealth attempts to suppress freedom of speech by censoring the internet. Read Access blocked is access denied by StarOnline editor, Raslan Sharif.

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