Sunday, January 18, 2009

REALITY with MALAYSIAKINI: can Bersih, Hindraf and Jerit survive in Singapore

Kopitiam is a symbol of good old times revived, very much similar to Singapore as she embraces the bigger world but stubbornly cling to old way of doing things. With Malaysiakini, lets do a minor surgery on playing politics with the end in mind.

2. A friend was questioning Abdullah's reforms as he plans a safe exit. It hurts to the bone when Hj Hadi Awang as he was seen very happy with the defeat of Wan farid and BN in Kuala Terengganu has the gut to ask Abdullah to keep on with the long list of reforms. It was a good laugh with friends at another round of kopi pahit at our favourite kopitiam.

3. Hadi could have been more subtle in his statements. He should not bare naked the whole propaganda of reforms as being pushed by oppositions. He is short of saying, "see, reforms are baits thrown out". I should think Abdullah in his more sober state will realise the magnitude of errors. But abdullah being abdullah, will never understand the phrase "freedom eating freedom"

4. Gardeners like me will understand the whole cycle of growing a tree. Abdullah at this instance is like preparing a garden for someone else to plant and reap the produce. Can he more shrewd about all these?

5. Now that Abdullah is going geopolitical, how come he misses the way Singapore is handling freedom. In that light, many may push forward a hypothetical question " Will bersih, Hindraf and Jerit survive a minute longer in Singapore?".

Lets read what singapore has under the sleeve in dealing with protest!

to tighten laws
against protests


Singapore's deputy prime minister said the island state, which is hosting a summit of Asia Pacific leaders this year, may further tighten laws against public protests, according to reports.

Wong Kan Seng, who is also Home Affairs minister, said the government is reviewing public order laws and may pass legislation to deal more effectively with illegal protests and other acts of civil disobedience, the Straits Times said.

The legislation is expected to be passed in time for the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum in November which could attract both local and overseas protesters, he said.

US president-elect Barack Obama, due to take office next week, is among the 21 leaders scheduled to attend the summit.

Public order laws are already tight in Singapore, where protests require a police permit if held outside a designated free-speech zone and gatherings of five or more people are illegal.

Nevertheless Wong said fresh legislation is needed to deal more effectively with political activities, while relaxing regulations on people gathering for social and recreational purposes.

He said police could be granted power to take action before protesters could gather at specific areas such as parliament, and cited protests by the political opposition, and by Myanmar nationals against their country's ruling junta.

"They make a show of breaking the law," Wong said of the protesters.

"The police watch and do nothing and can only follow up with investigation after the show is over when they pack up and leave. This cannot go on," he said.

[read for full: Singapore government to tighten laws against protests: deputy PM AFP ]