The government-appointed independent advisory panel into the Bersih
3.0 rally is hoping to learn from foreign experts how to handle peaceful
demonstrations, protests and assemblies.
The panel, chaired by former IGP Tun Hanif
Omar, yesterday made requests to diplomatic representatives from four
countries for their experts to share advice and experience in handling
situations of unrest.
The countries chosen - the US, UK, Canada and Pakistan.
Polis Diraja Malaysia (PDRM) is old enough, over 200 years now since its small set up in 1807. Throughout that long years, are we still looking down at our own force, once lauded as among the best in the world?
Hanif himself, who was the longest-serving IGP for 20 years (1974-1994) seemed 'lost' and not having strong confidence in the force he used to lead. Or was he whipping at the PDRM current administration?
Having confronted with some serious situations during his tenure, including the Memali (Baling) case and Ops Lalang, I am flabbergasted that Hanif is still undermining PDRM's capability. I don't want to ask him what he did when he was IGP, let alone questioning the credibility of the panel.
I strongly believe PDRM has its own strength. There is no need to learn from others as we have our own standard operation procedure (SOP) which is in compliance with the United Nations protocol on the use of force, handling of peaceful demonstrations and the protection of media.
And of all the countries, we still want to learn from the US, Britain, Canada and Pakistan. Pakistan? What a farce!
Aren't we aware that the US police is among the most racist and brutal? Read here and here and here. Even the Canadian and British police are not having a good record at all. If you talk about Pakistan, you better find the precise words as I won't comment.
I still think we need to pool experts from within the PDRM, the government and some NGOs into a special discussion. The Opposition needs to be there as well as we have to be fair to every sector of the community. And I am confident such a concerted effort would bring about positive consensus as to how the issue could be dissolved.