As reported in malaysiakini and the mainstream media, the HINDRAF protesters have been charged with very serious offences and even the sword of the ISA is being dangled over their heads.
I wonder how effective such threats are, given that those who are protesting may well be at the end of their rational limits. I think we should all realise that any group of citizens who have been marginalised will be not be deterred by any threats.
For example if people are so distressed that they do not even know where the next meal is coming from or how to pay the next month's rent, a stint in the prison may be a welcome relief.
After all some of them are already resorting to serious crime.
What is upsetting about the publicity given to the IGP's claim of terror links is that the news is published right after those demonstrators were charged. Is not the matter sub judice and thus the IGP should not be trying to affect public opinion?
To me the first step for Malaysia should be to implement the IPCMC first before citizens will feel a little more comfortable with the free rein given to the police.