Change in society is always fraught with danger and we can see that with the arrests of the laywers as reported in malaysiakini.
These were not mobs that ran about damaging cars and property but simply because they wanted to walk one kilometer to mark Human Rights Day.
So the police did arrest some of them and yes we surrendered them the powers when we allowed our MPs to approve draconian laws that required all to need to permit for something as innocent as a peaceful march.
Of course some people can get police approvals for demonstrations but it seems only those who support the government can get the permit.
The arrests of the lawyers during a peaceful march mark a watershed in the growth of the democratic awakening in Malaysia.
For too long we allowed the leaders to do the thinking and unfortunately too much wealth and opportunites have clouded the thinking process and we can see much of the problems in society.
There is this very interesting letter you can read for free here published in malaysiakini . If more Malays like Noor Aza Othman come forward and lead others we can all still make Malaysia the paradise it once was.