The police is preparing for its excuse for the use of force on any crowd assemblying and protesting against the proceeding at the Perak State Assembly on May 7th. Judging by precedents where Malaysians know when to break a bad law/order-so the police is trying to justify even the unjustifiable: assembly on May 7th in Ipoh would be treated as any illegal assemblies ie with brute force. But there are numerous assemblies in ipoh on May 7th and other times -why only the one on May 7th and at the State Assembly be singled out? In so doing the police is exposing itself as taking orders from someones who are involved in a political dispute. If something is political -deal with it the proper political way ie let the people vote on it via an election or a referendum. What has the police got to do with it?
Why do they speculate that there will be tension and violence? In fact most occasions the only violence come from the police themselves!
Cops warn against illegal gatherings on May 7
By Adib Zalkapli
IPOH, May 4 — Perak police warned political parties today against organising any mass gatherings on Thursday, the day the Perak state assembly convenes, in a sign the authorities are concerned with the tense political environment in the state.
The state’s police chief Datuk Zulkifli Abdullah said in a statement that he had informed representatives of political parties from Pakatan Rakyat and Barisan Nasional at a meeting this morning that they would be responsible for the action of their supporters.
Only DAP did not send its representatives to the meeting held at the state police headquarters here this morning.
“During the meeting, the police advised them not to act in any manner which would jeopardise public order and security, including encouraging their supporters to assemble illegally on the days when the state assembly is in session beginning May 7,” said Zulkifli.
“We have informed them to advice their supporters not to gather in Ipoh,” he said.
“The police have also received information that leaders of certain political parties have urged the public to assemble at the state secretariat building which houses the state assembly on May 7.
“The same message can also be found on certain blogs and the alternative media,” added Zulkifli.
The police also urged state assemblymen to behave during the sitting.
“The police would be prepared with sufficient manpower and will take any action necessary to ensure the safety of all assemblymen and invited guests and to preserve public order,” Zulkifli said.
Earlier today PAS vice-president Mohammad Sabu said the party would mobilise its supporters for prayers in Ipoh on that day and had expected a huge gathering.
The Perak state assembly opens this Thursday for the first time since the PR-led government was toppled through the defections of four lawmakers last February.
Meanwhile the assembly speaker V. Sivakumar also wrote to the Sultan this morning seeking a postponement of the sitting as the courts have yet to decide on who is the legitimate mentri besar.
Datuk Seri Nizar Jamaluddin still maintains that he is the rightful head of government while BN’s Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Kadir is expected to use the assembly sitting on Thursday to legitimise his leadership.