No other country in the world has achieved such world record to fire 909 tear gas canisters in a single peaceful demonstration.
I just gave my first witness account statement to Suhakam yesterday on police brutality, please come forward to complain to Suhakam.
Keep silence and complain a lot in kopitiam is not an option.
Police used much more tear gas at recent Bersih rally
KUALA LUMPUR – A total of 909 tear gas canisters and 58 tear gas grenades were used to disperse the tens of thousands who gathered for the April 28 electoral reform rally in Malaysia, the Home Ministry revealed yesterday.
In a written reply to a question by an opposition lawmaker, the ministry said the government had spent RM1.8 million (S$727,000) to police the rally organised by Bersih, a coalition of non-government organisations backed by opposition parties.
The number of tear gas shells fired was nearly four times the 262 used in the previous Bersih rally on July 9 last year, which resulted in condemnation for Putrajaya’s clampdown on the electoral reform movement.
But the ministry insisted that “the police acted according to standard operating procedures to prevent the situation from becoming more violent and threatening public safety”.
“Police had to act swiftly to ensure the situation was under control,” it added.
The government has set up a panel to investigate the April 28 violence, but the choice of former national police chief Hanif Omar has been widely criticised after he said there were communist sympathisers in Bersih. He also accused the organisers of an attempted coup.
The rally saw tens of thousands gather at six different locations in the Kuala Lumpur before heading to the historic Merdeka Square, where a court order had barred the public from gathering. The Malaysian Insider
Downside of legal battle
The ruling Barisan Nasional government is damaging its own reform agenda by taking Bersih leaders to court instead of enacting real electoral reforms that could boost its performance in the next general elections, Time magazine has said. In an article published on Sunday, it said the government’s decision to sue the rally organisers for allegedly causing damages to public property worth RM122,000 (S$49,300) “will only serve to stoke a political pressure cooker, deepen divisions and undercut the legitimacy of the government”.