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Teargas virgin no more!

Posted in Police, Politics with tags , , on August 3, 2009 by khookhoo

On the 1st August 2009, I headed down to KL with Shar and Crankshaft, in suppor of the Anti-ISA movement. We took the LRT down to Dang Wangi at about 1.00 pm, deciding not to stop at masjid jamek, since we were unsure whether the station would remain open.

As we reached the turning near Sogo, everything looked normal. Shoppers were going about doing their daily shopping. We stood there, wondering if we’d missed the action, or whether the crowd got dispersed before we arrived. Suddenly out of the bent of the road came a massive crowd shouting slogans and marching. My heart leapt with joy! These people cared! They were just as bent on showing the government, this is our right, our voice, our will!

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Onlookers stared in surprise, some of them must live under a coconut tree but the looks on their face. They had no idea what the hell was going on! The woman in front of me made a snide remark, on how we were wasting our time and had nothing better to do. I was short of giving her a lecture on our right to peaceful assembly, however at that time the police started chasing after a few of the demonstraters and people started squeezing into the sidewalk to avoid any confrontation. I had the satisfaction of seeing that woman run helter skelter with her shopping bags =P.

As the crowd moved on, we caught sight of Haris running along with the police snapping pictures. Trust him to feel completely unintimidated by those bunch of goons! As the crowd moved on, we took another turn into the alley, to see whether any other groups were joining in.

As we walked, I felt a weird stinging sensation on my face. I suddenly got the feeling when one eats too much wasabi. My eyes started watering, and my throat felt dry. The others confirmed the felt the same. Suddenly we saw a few stragglers heading towards our direction, red-faced and teary-eyed. They’d been teargassed in the next street. And we could feel the effects standing more than 500 meters away. At that point i could only imagine what it feels like to get a full dose in your face.

Soon, the group we saw initially, had joined up with another, which i guess must have come from Masjid Jamek. The numbers swelled before our eyes. From the streets of Sogo, the Unit Amal PAS heading the front, locked arms to face-off with the police. Thousands stood behind them ready to march. The police at first looked helpless, then as the FRU team took their positions, I knew, there was going to be a face off. Me, Shar and Crankshaft stood against the wall of Sogo, trying to make our way through, suddenly without warning, people started surging against us, trying to get away from the police. Shar immediately gave the instruction, ‘stand against the wall, don’t move’.

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Thousands of people crammed into the walls of Sogo, seeking protection from the teargas and water-cannons which were suddenly let off without warning. Crankshaft came prepared, she brought out her towel to cover our faces, and kindly shared it with me. I felt my legs tremble, i was getting claustrophobic, i told shar, we had to move, I can’t breathe.

We inched ourselves away against the wall, and made it up to the overhead bridge. Here, we could see the police in action. Brutal, underhanded, bullying bunch of bastards. I saw a plain clothes officer in blue shouting instructions, a sick grin on his face. He was loud, crude, and certainly no professional. He was standing right below me at the bridge, I was tempted to pour some water on his head, to cool of his steam.

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As we stood there, I got a good look of the people who were around us. I was proud to see, many youths of all races, many ‘non-urban’ folk, who were there for the cause. Makes me wonder, whether those we term as less aware, and less exposed, are actually more informed than us city folk. These are the people, from the sound of their accent, who come from other states such as Kedah, Kelantan and Terengganu. Where are the KL people?

These good folks, came armed only with towels and salt water, which they kindly shared with everyone else. In my mind, I wondered why are Malaysians so docile? We sure take a lot of shit from the police and FRU. They come with batons and shields, tear gas and chemical-laced water. What do we bring? Towels and salt water. Can we be any more non-violent?

I couldnt help feeling a sense of satisfaction as the people heckled the police trucks as they drove by. I realised just how much I hated our government, their servants and everyone under their command. My mind shouted to me, unfair, biased, abuse of power. Where did all my hate and anger come from?

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After some time, when the FRU had cleared the roads, we went near the bar council to have a break and meet up with some other ABM’ers. I saw some young lawyers standing in front of the bar council, fully clothed on a saturday afternoon in their formal wear. I wondered what they were doing. Hope I don’t parade around in my suit off work hours when I join the profession.

After the break, some of us headed over to the road where Masjid Jamek LRT is. Heard there was a group there still. As we stood there, the roads were empty, except for the FRU trucks and police. Everyone was sitting or standing around the sidewalks. We watched as the police, continuously gave orders to an empty road, to disperse. It seems it was a crime now to even stand on the roadside. Soon, the police got in action again. The FRU team now sprayed water on the sidewalks. I reckon Burger King must have gotten a full blast of the water. Hope noone was sitting up in the open air second floor, or they would have gotten a full blast of chemical laced burgers and fries.

I stood about 500 meters back from where the water landed, unfortunately not far back enough. Even from that distance my face was hit with that foul substance. I felt my eyes and nose water. My skin started to sting. Desperate to get rid of the sensation, I took dave’s advise, lit up a cigarette and blew it in my own face. Seems like smoking finally has a remedial benefit. =)

It was late, close to 6, I was tired and hungry. We finally headed home, after failing to hail a cab we took the LRT back. I was satisfied, even if failing to deliver the memorandum, at least we irked the police and showed them we have no fear of them. People may say, what we did had no effect. But I felt the effect of it. I felt the likemindedness of the people around me, and the intensity of injustice and abuse of power. I felt the solidarity of coming together, and voicing out, if nothing else.

I felt I needed to be part of this, and that is all that matters for now.

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Nizar is rightful MB!

Posted in Politics on May 11, 2009 by khookhoo

Thank god for the courts upholding the Rule of Law and judicial precedent. Read the full article here.

I must confess I almost forgot about the ruling today, but thanks to my dad’s intuitiveness when the mainstream media was silent on the issue, he immediately asked me to check online. Predictive of the MSM to keep silent on the issue when things were not in favour of the ruling government proved to be right! Traffic to mtoday and mkini is extremely heavy today. One wonders why…*snigger*.

Praise to those who were involved in the May 7th ‘black gathering’. I guess you guys are feeling less depressed now. Hopefully the case is upheld on appeal!

Looking back at Permatang Pauh

Posted in Politics with tags , , on April 20, 2009 by khookhoo

Hi guys,

This is an extremely belated post. The by-elections were completed and in my eyes successful more than 10 days ago. By now the excitement has died down, but I would like to reminisce on my own experience there.

I had the pleasure of staying with the Barisan Rakyat bloggers at Cherry Inn. I got to witness firsthand, the organization skills and autonomy in which they worked in. There were more than 10 of us at any one time, on the weekend that I was there. It was amazing to watch citizen journalism in action, and to be part of it.

The mission was to disseminate information that was accurate and precise as fast as possible, and I’m glad to say, mission accomplished! We were so fast at feeding info from the ground to Haris and Zorro that soon Malaysiakini had to pick up from their blogs.

Also, since we sent a team of 8 people to the ground, 4 in Gantang, and 4 in Selambau, they got to witness firsthand the underhanded tactics of our wonderful govt.  Shar101 was even called up by malaysiakini journalists to verify his eyewitness account of teargas-ing to break up a rowdy crowd. I bet those of you still reading Star newspapers didn’t know about this.

The best by-election mascot voted by me;

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Photo nicked from Shanghai Fish

This is me at the counting centre, which according to Duke, I look like a ghost!

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Yeap, it was a great experience. Unfortunately now it’s time for me to get back to my mundane life of being a school maarm and mugging for CLP. However, one thing I would like to share. There is no way the government will be able to stop the rise of citizens against oppression and injustice. Karl Marx predicted that one day the proletariat will rise against the bourgeois, and this is what is happening. The oppressed will rise against the oppressor, and no amount of arrests and intimidation will stop this movement, as the seed has been planted in our hearts, the seed of hope, faith and love for this country; the seed of anak bangsa malaysia.

PS; special thanks to Duke for being kind enough to take me to the counting centre, and experience the warmth and friendliness of our fellow Malaysians.

Politicians are from Hell, and Hell is right here in bolehland.

Posted in Politics with tags , , on February 5, 2009 by khookhoo

I remember a joke told to me, which ended with the punchline that hell is right here in Malaysia.

Today, the politicians proved this statement true to me. I’ve always been impartial to Pakatan Rakyat, I must admit before the GE 2008, however today I feel that politics in Malaysia is a hell hole.

First Anwar proudly announces during the CNY open house that 1 UMNO member is defecting. Then when UMNO kicks up a fast and wants to force his resignation for party-hopping, the PR side brushes this notion aside quickly, gleeful that they have one extra number.

Then when 2 PKR members and 1 DAP member join UMNO, suddenly PR wants to force their resignation too!

Hello? This seems like practicing double standards and not practicing what you preach. Worst of all, isn’t it obvious PKR fell directly into a trap well placed?

UMNO politicians are noted for their unscrupulous tactics when it comes to power grabbing. However, I must admit this time it is a very cunning and well played out plan.

First, get someone to feign crossing over to PKR allegedly angry with UMNO. Then, knowing that PR will defend this man’s right to continue in the seat since it means one extra seat for PR’s state government; laying the perfect foundation of shooting them with their own gun.

Now, when the 3 people defect, and this UMNO proxy returns, PR’s cries for re-election has backfired since they denied the need for one in the first place.

All I can say is, stupid stupid stupid! Stupid Anwar for opening his big fat mouth and talking about party defections. Looks like someone else stole your thunder DSAI. Also, stupid PR state government for falling for this trap. Serves you right for practicing double standards.

Stupid UMNO for allowing 2 people with corruption charges to join you, eventhough we know all of you are corrupt, now this just solidifies the fact that you’re all power hungry as well as desperate to allow any idiot to join your party as long as it benefits you.

And worse of all, STUPID ME, for thinking there may be politicians who may yet want to serve the people, and not look to politics as business and power grabbing opportunities. And throughout all these turmoil since March 8, who has talked the most sense? Weirdly, 2 UMNO men made their stand, unfortunately both are outcasts in their own way.

Tengku Razaleigh was right when he said politicking should stop, and focus should be on the governing and Zaid Ibrahim who remains strong to his principles, and left when he could not do anything to change the way things were.

Yeap, politics and politicians sounds like a badword now, especially in bolehland.