The ‘most violent’ by-election?

A Bernama report quoted Home Minister Syed Hamid Albar as claiming that the Permatang Pauh by-election was the most aggressive and violent by-election in the country’s history.

He asserted that most of the ‘violent incidents’ implicated supporters of the Pakatan Rakyat.

This should be indeed the concern of peace-loving Malaysians especially if this ‘violence’ still reared its ugly head despite the strong presence of the police force in the area. Does this mean that there’s a justification for more policing of the area and the voting crowd?

Are we to interpret here that the Permatang Pauh voters have been cautioned to stay away from PKR and the Pakatan because of the allegedly thuggish and violent tendencies of certain individuals (or groups) within the Pakatan?

Perhaps the Pakatan people may want to have a close scrutiny of these police reports of ‘violence’ as the implications are serious. For instance, are the Pakatan people so desperate as to resort to ‘violence’? Would they gain anything more by being ‘violent’?

By the way, talking of coarse language, we were not helpless and hapless witnesses to an equally vulgar behaviour of some youth in the BN camp during the nomination day in Permatang Pauh who simulated in public an act of sodomy to the cheer of their supporters and friends?

Below is the Bernama report:

Home Minister: Permatang Pauh By-election The Most Violent In Malaysian History

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 26 (Bernama) — The Permatang Pauh by-election is the most aggressive and violent in Malaysian history, says Home Minister Syed Hamid Albar.

He said the by-election was extraordinary because of the incidents which occured during the campaigning period after the candidates were named on Aug 16.

Throughout the period, Syed Hamid said 70 police reports were made, of which 26 were under investigation.

“If this continues to happen, it is not healthy for the development of democracy in the country,” he said at a news conference at the Parliment lobby here Monday.

He said the majority of the reports were made against supporters of the opposition party and among the offences reported included violence, threats against the public, obstructing people from campaigning, bringing down posters and using coarse language.

He said that 5,000 policemen were mobilised during the by-election period.

“If you want to hold a by-election, then do so, but there is no need to be emotional and uphold ideologies with violent threats, attacks, bombs and such,” he said.

6 Responses to “The ‘most violent’ by-election?”

  1. 1 Samuel Goh Kim Eng 26 August 2008 at 2:32 pm

    Let us all pray for a peaceful by-election
    With smooth balloting at every polling station
    Bearing in mind the need to keep good name of nation
    Let all parties do their own things without friction

    (C) Samuel Goh Kim Eng – 260808
    Tue. 26th Aug. 2008.

  2. 2 wandererAUS 26 August 2008 at 2:34 pm

    This man Syed Hamid is insinuating that the opposition supporters are all hooligans and thus, justified his action of bringing 5000 FRU personnel to Permatang Pauh. Is he telling us all BN supporters are saints!
    How does he qualify himself to be a social and political moralist,
    one wonders.
    This country has gone down the gutter because we have such ignorant
    and disgraceful minister. Sad to see after 51 years of Merdeka, BN
    still engaged in dirty politics…even adding the most repulsive issue in this by-election, that goes beyond human decency.
    I am glad I have left the country, at least, my children are spared such low down behavior…no credit given to this evil and corrupt UMNO led govt.

  3. 3 chris chong 26 August 2008 at 2:57 pm

    who give a damn to that flirty si botak?

  4. 4 Melayu Singapura 26 August 2008 at 3:57 pm

    chris chong,

    you’re right man, just don’t give a f***#$@ damn to him.

    he never once spoke the right thing.

  5. 5 KK 26 August 2008 at 8:51 pm

    Nothing but sour grapes from the noisy, empty vessel and an imbecilic attempt to divert attention from Umno/BN’s pathetic performance that is truly a disgrace to democracy because it was based on nothing more than the ugliest, most sleazy campaign ever conducted by Umno/BN in Malaysia’s history.

  6. 6 spartan162 26 August 2008 at 10:20 pm

    let there be peace
    let hilary win the election
    no obama

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