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Saturday, November 10, 2007

Winning the Battle but Losing the War ....

It would take great statemanship but it is still possible to allow a peaceful march for Malaysians.

The police are well prepared and well-equipped to uphold the laws; whether it is for crowd control or rabble rousers and with so many deployed according to this malaysiakini report I am confident they can still save the situation for the PM.

There is no doubt that the authorities can suppress and disperse all the protesters but if one analyses the situation carefully and thoughtfully, it may result in the conclusion of "Winning the Battle but Losing the War" for the authorities.

I am sure there are still some people in authority who know this in their own hearts. As happened elsewhere in the world, once the general population decides that a system needs change, no amount of force can resist that change for it is only a question of time.

The situation can still be saved if the police grant the permit and then deploy their forces to escort the marches in a peaceful and orderly manner.

Otherwise there will be mayhem on the streets and surely no one wants that. It would be a LOSE-LOSE situation.


Zawi said...

h j angus,
I agree with you on the need to allow the marchers to peacefully march to The Istana Negara. But the fear in the PM is so real that this show of protest will become contagious and may lead more protestors to show their displeasure at his stupid administration.
He will win the battle but he will lose the war. Thats is why all road to the Capital was closed cos they will know that there will be 100,000 people will gather there. That is massive by any standard and that alone will make him 'malu' to the world. What difference is General Ne Win of Burma compared to our PM? They are the same.

Bernard said...

Right on! zawi. I was disgusted with DPM's remarks about the harm that the demonstration has to the country's public image. As if, the government had heeded the wishes of the people to end rampant corruption, nepotism, cronyism and fixing of the judiciary. The government is to be blamed for the harm caused to Malaysia's public image with the current problems in the police force, judiciary and ACA.

H J Angus said...

thanks zawi and bernard

It is good the march was completed with no killings; though some people were beaten and sprayed with chemicals and tear gas.

The decision by the Agong to receive the petition also helped to defuse the situation.

In that sense the police also did their job well. One cannot expect them to mobilise so much equipment without testing out the new toys that we paid for. All it takes is a little panic on their section leader to open fire with tear gas, water cannon etc.

Overall it was a good day for democracy by the people.

Pak Idrus said...

h j angus, The authority should have given a permit to organizer of the rally. Malaysian are smart and have brain and not an unruly people, they know the law and respect it.

Did those crowds on the midnight watch on December 31 every years got a permit to welcome the new year, I doubt so and yet they behave well and no undue incident happen.

Democracy is not just winning an Election, it is more then that. Now we have Blogger, the citizen journalists, it is going to be a different ball game altogether in the future.

Thanks and Have a nice day.

H J Angus said...

pak idrus
Thanks for your comments.

You are right about the Net. We can meet so many good people that there was no chance of meeting before.

Like zawi and now you. I am sure it gives seniors like us the chance to share our thoughts with younger Malaysians.

Keep writing and stay healthy.