Haris Ibrahim, The People's Parliament, September 13, 2008
Viveg commented at 12.59am : Situation in Bukit Mertajam is quite tense. Just came back from BM police station. Received call from friend that people in Raja Uda, Butterworth (Chinese area) are extremely angry. Went to the Berapit Kampung Baru to see a friend and he informed me that the mood is the same. They know where to push the people to make them angry. Please help put up a post to calm down the people as Malaysia Today, People’s Parliament and Malaysiakini has the widest coverage. I just don’t want the people to walk into the trap they have set.
abu sayap commented at 1.18am : I would like to call upon all Malaysians to do these:
1. Remain calm
2. Do not do anything rash
3. Do not take to the street
4. Do not be instigated by people to demonstrate
5. Just voice it out in your blog, your comments to the blogs, and inform your friends and relatives about the situation
6. Call your Aduns or MPs and voice out your objection about these arrests and urge your representatives to voice out
7. Members of political parties, sms your leaders to pressure them to voice out
We shall object to these draconian acts by using civility and do not fall into the traps of giving the big brother a chance to declare emergency rule……
Viveg’s got every reason to be concerned and abu sayap’s advice is spot on.
It does look as if BN’s implosion has gone into overdrive.
Question is who’s driving this new Ops?
Angry reactions to the arrests today by Gerakan secretary-general Chia Kwang Chye and MCA Youth legal bureau Gan Ping Sieu might suggest that this may have been decided upon without consultation with BN component parties.
Or is this akin to the Najib-Lee Kim Sai wayang kulit of 1987?
Whoever’s behind it, we know what they want.
They hope to create fear in as many of us as is possible.
And they hope to stir angry reactions in some of us.
Don’t fear them. Fight them.
But we fight them on our terms and on our call.
We fight them smart.
They’ve started to intimidate the MSM with show cause notices to three newspapers and detained Sin Chew’s Tan Hoon Cheng.
RPK’s been taken in and word is out that a few other bloggers, myself included, are next.
They’re trying to curb newsreporting so that they have a greater control on reporting of what might soon follow.
What might soon follow may well be in some way connected with Ahmad Ismail’s announced road show through the country to explain to party divisions about the controversy.
Recall what he has been saying first at the ceramah before the election and at his two press conferences and you would have a good idea of what will be canvassed through the country.
Their going to try and agitate reactions from us on the ground.
Enough reaction for them to lay blame for the same on others that they are targeting to detain.
Our opposition politicians. The very ones who we hope will soon take over the reigns of the federal government.
And then emergency law.
Don’t fall for this. Don’t let this happen.
We fight them smart and on our terms.
I’m going to add one more point to abu sayap’s list.
As I write this, I know that Pakatan politicians are hard at work trying to deliver this nation from this evil that is on the throes of death. I know that DAP has got its legal team looking into YB Teresa’s situation. RPK’s legal team has got down to work as I’m sure has the team of lawyers for Hoon Cheng.
You and I will have to do our part.
First, we do not fear them or fall for their agitations.
Then, we send messages out to everyone we know and who trust us and tell them the same. BN is going to try and cause trouble so please stay calm and do not react.
It’s important that we send these messages out.
A vigil for tonight at Bukit Aman has been announced. Do not fear. Go. Continue to sms to all you know to attend. And keep it peaceful.
A solidarity will be held on 15th September at the Kelana Jaya stadium. Do not fear. Go. Continue to sms to all you know to attend. And keep it peaceful.
As I write this, initiatives are being planned. They will be announced throughout blogosphere.
These initiatives cannot work without your optimum participation.
Oh, and if they do take me in, this blog will not shut down. Arrangements have been made.
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