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Sunday, November 25, 2007
Article 10 Tear Gas Away this Morning


Article 10 clearly allows Malaysians to assemble peacefully without arms, this right of Malaysians to assemble was tear-gassed and water-cannoned away this morning by none other then the polis. The irony is that the polis are supposed to protect and ensure the safety of those who wish to assemble peacefully and prevent those who obstruct this right to peaceful assembly from doing so. But what happens if those obstructing that right happens to be the polis, themselves. Concerned observers would conclude that this was what happened this morning when the Hindraf supporters gather to hand over a petition to Queen Elizabeth II's representative.

Malaysiakini reported that as earlier as even 4am, tear gas was fired at potential marchers in Batu Caves. And in KL, in Jalan Ampang, tear gas canisters were fired at about 7.40am to disperse a large crowd who had gathered there. This morning saw the polis busy lobbing tear gas canisters and firing chemical-laced water at the gathering crowds of children, ladies and gentlemen of Hindraf. Was there a need to be so heavy-handed? Did the crowds behaved in an unruly manner? Were they the cause of the massive traffic jams in and around KL in recent days? It is easy to blame others and look for possible and probable cause but often blame is nearer home.

MIC Samy insists that Indians CAN work "within the system" to highlight their grouses and receive redress. But has the MIC NOT been doing this for the past many many years of its existence? But why are so many Indians still marginalised and the NEED for the Hindraf assembly this morning? The answer is obvious but it appears that MIC Samy is not aware or choose not to be aware. Does he seriously believe it, when he says, "The gathering is an opposition ploy to smear the government’s image”. And how many among this morning marchers believe MIC Samy, when he says "We have been working within the system to resolve the problems faced by the Indian community” and "There is still a lot more to be done for the Indians and we’ll continue with our struggle".

Another sad day for Malaysia, as Article 10 get tear-gassed away. Sympathies go out to those marchers who were physically, mentally and possibly even spiritually abused.

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