Sunday, January 07, 2007

Kudos to Police

No, it's not a sarcastic remark.Credit must be given where credit is due.

There were thousands protesting against the recent toll hike of 5 highways in the Klang Valley at the Sunway Pyramid today. And make no mistake, the police, represented largely by the Anti-Riot Unit came out in full force.

But to their credit, unlike the past peaceful demonstrations against fuel and toll hikes where the police used excessive and unjustified force to disperse the crowd, today they were polite and maintained their discipline.

As reported by Malaysiakini:
Subang district police chief ACP Muhd Fuad Talib said that the police will investigate the protest as an illegal demonstration. However, he said it was unlikely that anyone would be arrested over the matter.

“This is because they followed our instructions [...] and was quite orderly. They never threatened life and property, which is our priority (to protect),” said Muhd Fuad when met after the demonstrators dispersed.
Let us hope this is a positive change from the Malaysian police force and we expect such attitude and discipline to continue in the future.

Also, the Star deserves a "thank you" in this case for highlighting the venue of the protest. ;)
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