Yes, agree that last Sunday was a peaceful rally… until the FRU and police got carried away in their zest to keep the people away from their destinations. The minute I saw Gandhi’s pictures being carried by the people at the rally, I knew without a doubt something painful must have driven the usually docile people to this act of civil disobedience.
There is a serious, nay, an urgent need to educate our government to send the FRU and police to be trained properly on ‘crisis’ management. A civilised government takes pains to ensure safety of all its citizens, be they happy or unhappy ones. Government agents undertakes to protect citizens rights (Democracy means citizens give power to voted in government of the day to manage and administer the country on behalf of the citizens). There is no need for the government’s frivolous jesters to spit out unthoughtful utterances or provocation onto the citizens.
To your question of why application for assembly permits not given by authorities, I am also stumped. Because if so a permit is need for assembly, all of us must be hauled up to courts for participating in illegal assemblies. Many, many times. Here’s where most of us committed the crime of illegal assembly (Note applied logic: No police permit = illegal assembly)
1. Sunday church
2. Friday prayers at mosques
3. Temple congregations
4. Dataran Merdeka, Lake Gardens, KLCC, Bukit Bintang, ecetera
You can imagine how many people assemble at these places. Did the people who gather at these places need apply for police permits for right to assembly? As it is an assembly at public places does it mean police permit must be obtained before a group of friends can assemble???
The mind boggles at the illogical logic. Serious work needed to be done here by the parliamentarians. You see, it be the sole reason for existence for Parliament to push through for changes and updates in legislation. That’s why MPs are also called ‘lawmakers’. If there ain’t no updates to ye olde emergency laws, this means our MPs are having nice relaxing time at our tax payers expenses.
Suggestion: Lobby to set up a Select Committee on Parliamentary Reform