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from the Editor
|Police seek illegal demo ring-leader
|The authorities are calling on the public
to provide information on the identity of an unknown man who is suspected
to have incited an illegal demonstration that erupted last August 17th.
A group of 500 UMNO supporters gathered in Putrajaya protesting against
statements from the National Economic Consultative Council deputy chairman
that special Malay rights should be abolished. No police permit had been
granted for the gathering.
The unidentified man is said to have addressed the mob
with a loudhailer, inciting the illegal assembly with cries of "The
government will not back down! Not even by one step!" The suspect
is said to be short, bespectacled, with a thick Northern accent, scowling
face, bulbous nose and suffers a speech impediment, using the phrase "apanama"
frequently. He is believed to be a retired physician.
Members of the public who know this person can contact
'Not The New Straits Times' with information on the identity and
whereabouts of this trouble-making rabble-rouser. A police report will
be made, following which stern inaction will be taken by police against
this illegal assembly.
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In a related development, Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad,
speaking in Chicago this September, warned that peace and stability in
any country will be disrupted if its people take to the streets to make
|UMNO Youth condemns illegal
UMNO Youth deputy chief Aziz Sheikh Fadzir last
August condemned Human Rights Commission chairman Tan Sri Musa Hitam's
statement that people have the right to assemble peacefully. "Demonstrations
create public disorder - the law must be implemented to prevent trouble,"
"There have never been any peaceful demonstrations
in Malaysia," Aziz stressed. "Allowing it at anytime would be
like asking small children to play with a knife"
Aziz:"...like asking small
children to play with a knife"
UMNO Youth holds illegal protests
|UMNO Youth deputy chief Aziz Sheikh Fadzir last August
led some 200 UMNO Youth members in an illegal demonstration outside the
Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall. The demonstrators shouted slogans, carried
placards, verbally abused reporters and assaulted a photographer at the
scene. The day before, another 500 UMNO Youth supporters illegally gathered
in front of the Prime Minister's residence at Putrajaya.
Aziz denied that the event was a gathering. "UMNO
Youth do not hold demonstrations. There were no demonstrations that day.
It was just a protest." An UMNO spokesman who refused to be named
agreed. "It was also not illegal. It was just not lawful."
It is not known if there were any children seen playing
with knives at the two demonstrations, ooops, sorry, I mean, the two protests.
This is not a demo ...
just a protest
In a related development, hundreds of detainees arrested
during the pro-reformasi demonstrations since September 1998 are filing
affidavits to dismiss charges of illegal assembly against them. The detainees
are declaring that they did not participate in any demonstrations. "They
were not demonstrations," a lawyer for the detainees said. "They
were just protests."