Yang di-Pertuan Agong's statement on Bersih illegal rally here...
NO ROOM FOR ILLEGAL DEMOS, says IGP Tan Sri Ismail Omar in Butterworth today (here)... and dont ever try to challenge the police in carrying out its duty!
For the first time since taking office from Musa Hassan about a year ago, the Inspector-General of Police has finally stood tall with this stinging remarks. He is beginning to be 'the man in-charge', and I think i am going to like him.
That's the way, bro. As the IGP, you are vested with a special power to act using your own jurisdiction in determining the best action to deal with security matters. Of course, while the Home Ministry is there as a political-governing regulatory institution for national security, an IGP should know how and when to act in attending to situations like this.
"Don't challenge the sovereignty of the law which has been enshrined in the federal constitution. Police will take appropriate action using the law provided against anyone violating the law," he said in urging those intending to participate in the illegal assembly on July 9 to abort their plan or face police action.
The police had received more than 2,000 police reports nationwide protesting against the illegal assembly and PDRM had certain strategies which could be used to maintain security.
And in Petaling Jaya, his deputy Datuk Seri Abdul Khalid Abu Bakar said (here) the police have not dismissed the possibility that more people will be arrested under the Emergency Ordinance (Public Order and Prevention of Crime) 1969 for subversive activities.
He also brushed aside claims by some groups that police were out to arrest anyone according to their whims.
Yesterday, police detained Sungai Siput Member of Parliament Dr Jeyakumar Devaraj and five members of the Parti Sosialis Malaysia (PSM) under the Emergency Ordinance. To date, 152 people have been arrested under Section 27(5) of the Police Act.
In 1987, the IGP used the special power vested in him to carry out the arrest of 106 people under Ops Lalang to quell street demonstrations in Kuala Lumpur. It met with heavy criticism from various quarters, including the Opposition, NGOs and foreign media but it proved to be very successful in bringing about stability to the nation.
And with Bersih 2.0 is ready to challenge the law and order on July 9, I believe Ismail and team are ready to brace it. As our IGP, peace-loving Malaysians are looking at him.
JANGAN KASI CAN SAMA DIORANG!