More surprises? It looks like it.Posted: July 3, 2008
Read this morning on Haris’ blog here that Anwar will be revealing evidence linking Najib and Altantuya. The said time is approximately 11.30 at GMT+8, which is Malaysian time, which is about now.
I’m also on Anwar Ibrahim’s own blog now, and linking to KeADILan TV to watch it live, but so far I’m not getting any visual/audio feeds from there. Either it hasn’t started, or my Internet is just real crappy today. Like Haris, I intend to update when able.
On the other hand, Anwar has been called a “snitch” by Home Minister Syed Hamid Albar. Why? Because apparently, ANwar “reports everything to Washington”. But to me, it’s a given. I don’t think Anwar needs to report anything to Washington for them to know what’s going on. I am living proof that it doesn’t take someone in Malaysia to tell me what’s going on for me to find out.
But what’s bothering me is this:
Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Musa Hassan said yesterday that the police and armed forces will be holding a joint public order exercise until Monday and the military will be called in to maintain public order if the security situation in Malaysia deteriorates.
Full article at The Malaysian Insider here.
We’re talking about the ARMY here! At the best of my knowledge, the army has not been called to “maintain publick order” since the Race Riots on May 13 1969. You know, the part of history that is conveniently used by “certain people” to instill fear and paranoia in us.
So why have the police decided to go to the army for help? They speculate this:
Security agencies are on an alert to deal with possible public order issues on Saturday when a mammoth rally will be held in Petaling Jaya to protest the increase in fuel prices. The rally is being organised by the People’s Anti-Oil Manipulation Movement (Geramm) — a coalition of non-governmental organisations and the youth wing of Pakatan Rakyat.
Initially, they believed that several thousand protestors could turn up on Saturday. But now they believe that the numbers could swell dramatically. The reason: Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim is using the rally to kick off a nationwide roadshow to proclaim his innocence against the sodomy charge levelled by his aide, Saiful Bukhari Azlan, against him.
If the rally does turn into a pro-Anwar, REFORMASI sort of rally, things could certainly turn ugly. But I hope that they don’t. It was initially supposed to be a peaceful rally, and I hope that even with the events that has so far happened, the rally will remain peaceful. No point asking them to call it off, I believe.
But whatever the case, how the police take any action will also be of utmost importance. No point pouring oil onto a raging fire.