Venting GE13 Anger

I read with incredulity what the IGP said in the papers today. Wasn’t he retiring this week? Or was that merely a rumour that I had mistakenly heard from someone else.

“The police have warned political party supporters not to engage in any further acts of provocation over the 13th general election (13GE) results to prevent an upheaval. Every day we delve on national security. Let me remind these quarters, we have plans of action on know what to do if things get out of hand.”

I think that what these people don’t get is that there is real frustration and anger on the ground. People need to vent. It would be better for the rakyat to vent out in stadiums than for them to take their anger onto the streets and the authorities, if things ever get to a boiling point.

Our government has to realise that there is a silent majority no longer; and that the majority are now a really noisy bunch, thanks to vuvuzelas. The government has to handle the situation tactfully so that things do not get out of hand.

For starters, I would encourage the IGP to stop making provocative statements like this, to challenge the will of the people. They should very well know that our people are pantang dicabar in so many ways. Just let people vent while you stock up on tear gas.

The political opposition plans to bring this rally nationwide and I actually applaud them for doing so. Instead of threatening these people will S.141 of the Penal Code on unlawful assemblies, the police should actually facilitate things, control traffic, etc.

It’s time to wake up to the new political reality, people!

“V: People should not be afraid of their governments. Governments should be afraid of their people.”

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Shawn Tan

Chip Doctor, Chartered Engineer, Entrepreneur, Law Graduate.

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